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USS Narragansett (ATF-88)
USS Narragansett (AT-88) (1943 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Oscar - Xray
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (23 August 1943 Palermo- retroactive) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (3)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal

Individual Awards

Purple Heart (2-Palermo, 23 August 1943 )

USS Narragansett (ATF-88) was sold to Taiwan and renamed ROCS Ta Feng (ATF 555)
Navajo Class Fleet Tug:
  • Laid down, 31 January 1942, at Cramp Shipbuilding Co., Philadelphia, PA.
  • Launched, 8 August 1942
  • Commissioned USS Narragansett (AT-88), 15 January 1943, LTjg. Charles J. Wichmann, USN, in command
  • Redesignated Fleet Ocean Tug, (ATF-88), 15 May 1944
  • During World War II USS Narragansett was assigned initially to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Sicilian occupation, 9 to 15 July 1943 Invasion of southern France, 15 August to 25 September 1944
    Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943  

  • Following service in the European Theater USS Narragansett was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 21 December 1946, at Orange, TX.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Orange
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1961
  • USS Narragansett earned three battle stars tor World War II service
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration, 1 September 1961
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont,TX.
  • Sold to the Republic of China (Taiwan) in 1991
  • Commissioned in the Republic of China as ROCS Ta Feng (ATF-555)
  • Current Disposition, active in service as of September 2019
    Displacement 1,235 t.(lt) 1,674 t.(fl)
    Length 205'
    Beam 38' 6"
    Draft 15' 4"
    Speed 16k.5kts.
    8 Officers
    68 Enlisted
    one single 3"/50 gun mount
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    two single 20mm AA guns
    two depth charge tracks
    Diesel-electric, - four General Motors 12-278A Diesel main engines driving four General Electric generators and three General Motors 3-268A auxiliary services engines
    single screw, 3,600shp

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    USS Narragansett (ATF-88)
    Narragansett 197k USS Narragansett (ATF-88) launching and christening, 8 August 1942, at Cramp Shipbuilding Co., Philadelphia, PA.
    A US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Allan Owens
    Narragansett 250k USS Narragansett (ATF-88) under way shortly after commissioning in January 1943. Allan Owens
    ROCS Ta Feng (ATF-555)
    Narragansett 345k Ex-USS Narragansett (ATF-88) as the Republic of China auxiliary tug ROCS Ta Feng (ATF-555) moored pierside at Keelung, Taiwan in December 2015. Photo by Daniel Lewis
    Narragansett 352k ROCS Ta Feng (ATF-555) moored pierside at Keelung, Taiwan, 28 September 2019. Photos by Michael Shiou
    Narragansett 74k
    Narragansett 289k

    USS Narragansett (AT-88 / ATF-88)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Wichmann, Charles John, USN15 January 1943 - 1 September 1944
    02LT. MacGill, Harry Lee, USN1 September 1944 - 31 March 1945
    03LT. Gillert, William Kevin, USNRMay 1945 - 1 August 1945
    04LT. Holmes, Edward Clarence, USNR1 August 1945 - 1 October 1945
    05LCDR. McArthur, Roland Barrow, USN1 October 1945 - 31 October 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
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    Last Updated 13 December 2019