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USS Arikara (ATF-98)
USS Arikara (AT-98) (1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Yankee - Zulu
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive Invasion of Normandy) - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended_ - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (2)
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia Clasp)
Fourth Row - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (5) - Vietnam Service Medal (4)
Fifth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

USS Arikara (ATF-98) was transferred to Chile renamed Sargento Aledea (ATF-63)
Abnaki Class Fleet Ocean Tug:
  • Laid down as Fleet Tug (AT-98) at Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 22 June 1943
  • Commissioned, USS Arikara (AT-98), 5 January 1944, LT. John Aitken, USN, in command
  • Reclassified Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF-98), 15 May 1944
  • During World War II USS Arikara was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater participating in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
    Task Group 122.3 - Salvage and Fire Fighting Group (Wreck Dispersal Vessel)
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 to 21 April 1945
    Invasion of southern France, 15 August to 25 September 1944  

  • Following World War II USS Arikara was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 to 15 September 194529 December 1945 to 22 February 1946
    25 to 27 February 1946 
    24 January to 26 June 1950 

  • During the Korean War USS Arikara participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    North Korean Aggression
    2 July to 12 September 1950
    18 September to 2 November 1950
    Second Korean Winter
    4 to 24 February 1952
    14 March to 3 April 1952
    15 to 17 April 1952
    Communist China Aggression
    3 November to 30 December 1950
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    7 May to 6 June 1952
    26 June to 12 July 1952
    20 July to 7 August 1952
    Inchon Landing
    13 to 17 September 1950

  • During the Vietnam War USS Arikara participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    28 August to 3 September1966
    18 September to 24 October 1966
    31 October 1966
    18 November to 31 December 1966
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970I
    1 November to 7 December 1969
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    17 August to 22 September 1969
    9 to 14 and 17 to 31 October 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    31 December 1970

  • Decommissioned, 27 July 1971 and transferred under the Security Assistance Program to Chile, renamed, Sargento Aledea (ATF-63)
  • USS Arikara earned three battle stars for World War II service, five battle stars for the Korean War service and four campaign stars for Vietnam War service
  • Current Disposition, serving in the Chilean Navy
    Displacement 1,205 t.(lt) 1,646 t.(fl)
    Length 205'
    Beam 39'
    Draft 17' (max)
    Speed 16 kts.
    8 Officers
    68 Enlisted
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Diesel-electric - four ALCO Diesel main engines driving four General Electric generators and three Cooper- Besmear auxiliary services engines
    single propeller, 3,600shp

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    USS Arikara (ATF-98)
    Arikara 71k USS Arikara (ATF-98) moored, circa 1957, location unknown Photo by James Bellew, Submitted by Carl C Murdock to the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Arikara 55k USS Arikara (ATF-98) exchanging movies at sea by highline with USS Lipan (ATF-85). Note Arikara is pulling a tow Submitted by Bill Derouin to the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Arikara 36k USS Arikara (ATF-98) and USS Bolster (ARS-38) moored, location unknown, circa 1957 Submitted by Bob Hall to the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Arikara 31k USS Arikara (ATF-98) underway, date and location unknown. Photo by Elsirac Enterprises, Submitted by Emmett Firmin to the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Arikara 76k USS Arikara (ATF-98) underway, location unknown, circa 1954. Ed Middleton USS Arikara 1946
    Arikara 138k USS Arikara (ATF-98) underway near Oahu, Hawaii, 3 June 1964.
    US Navy photo # KN-9513, courtesy Shipscribe
    Mike Green
    Sargento Aledea (ATF-63)
    Arikara 40k Ex-USS Arikara (ATF-98) in Chilean service as Sargento Aledea (ATF-63), date and location unknown. Thomas Lawson

    USS Arikara (AT-98 / ATF-98)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Aitken, John, USN5 January 1944 - 19 July 1945
    02LT. Jensen, Carl Norman, USNR19 July 1945 - 12 December 1945
    03LT. Smith James Alfred, USN19 December 1945 - 18 April 1947
    04LT. Heath, Milton Alexander18 April 1947 - 11 August 1947
    05LCDR. Calloway, James Edward11 August 1947 - 15 November 1947
    06ENS. Alexander, Clifford Fielding, USN15 November 1947 - 29 January 1948
    07LT. Racette, William Anthony, USN (USNA 1943)29 January 1948 - 16 March 1948
    08LT. Gregory, Robert Tuner, USN (USNA 1944)16 March 1948 - 2 May 1948
    09LCDR. Mundy, Kenneth Albert2 May 1948 - 13 September 1951
    10LT. Story, Lester Thomas, USN13 September 1951 - 29 June 1953
    11LCDR. Such, Maxwell29 June 1953 - 1 August 1955
    12LCDR. Camblin, Wilbur James1 August 1955 - 13 February 1958
    13LT. Epps, Edward Wells (Ned)13 February 1958 - 9 January 1960
    14LCDR. Barbee, Delbert Forrest9 January 1960 - 14 August 1962
    15LCDR. Olson, Robert Miller, USN (USNA 1954)14 August 1962 - 10 June 1964
    16LCDR. Ruhle, Robert Carl10 June 1964 - 29 June 1966
    17LT. Stith, Charles Edwin29 June 1966 - 8 August 1968
    18LT. Sydow, Kenneth Robert, USN (USNA 1961)8 August 1968 - 26 September 1969
    19LT. Tucker, Duane Ernest26 September 1969 - 27 July 1971
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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