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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
Contributed by Don McGrogan BMCS USN (Ret.) - Popular Patch
USS Narragansett (ATF-88)
International Radio Call Sign:
USS Narragansett (AT-88) (1943 - 1944)
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
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)
Beam 38' 6"
Draft 15' 4"
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)
||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.
||USS Narragansett (ATF-88) under way shortly after commissioning in January 1943.
| ROCS Ta Feng (ATF-555)
||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
||ROCS Ta Feng (ATF-555) moored pierside at Keelung, Taiwan, 28 September 2019.
||Photos by Michael Shiou
USS Narragansett (AT-88 / ATF-88)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LTjg. Wichmann, Charles John, USN||15 January 1943 - 1 September 1944|
|02||LT. MacGill, Harry Lee, USN||1 September 1944 - 31 March 1945|
|03||LT. Gillert, William Kevin, USNR||May 1945 - 1 August 1945|
|04||LT. Holmes, Edward Clarence, USNR||1 August 1945 - 1 October 1945|
|05||LCDR. McArthur, Roland Barrow, USN||1 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
Last Updated 13 December 2019
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