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USS Hitchiti (ATF-103)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Uniform - Bravo

USS Hitchiti (ATF-103) was transferred to Mexico
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia Clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (3)
Fourth Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Taiwan Straits, Quemoy-Matsu, Vietnam) - Vietnam Service Medal (3) - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)
Fifth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Abnaki Class Fleet Ocean Tug:
  • Laid down, 24 August 1943, at Charleston Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 29 January 1944
  • Redesignated Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF-103), 15 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS Hitchiti (ATF-103), 27 May 1944, LT. Harry A. Guthrie, USN, in command
  • During WWII USS Hitchiti was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 6 to 7 January 1945
    Formosa attacks, 9, 15 and 21 January 1945
    China Coast attacks, 12 and 16 January 1945
    Nansei Shoto attack, 22 January 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    5th and 3d Fleet raids in support of Okinawa Gunto operation

  • Following World War II USS Hitchiti was assigned to Occupation service for the following period, 5 November 1945 to 6 April 1946
  • Decommissioned, 30 April 1948, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Francisco Group
  • Recommissioned, 3 January 1951, at Alameda, CA.
  • During the Korean War USS Hitchiti participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    5 May to 6 June 1951
    14 June to 7 July 1951
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    28 to 29 November 1951
    20 December 1951 to 1 January 1952
    6 to 11 January 1952
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    4 to 10 August 1951
    26 September to 7 October 1951
    27 October 1951
    4 to 11 November 1951

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

    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Vietnam Service Medal
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnam Advisory Campaign
    5 to 25 August 1964
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    9 June to 7 July 1967
    23 to 26 July 1967
    20 to 25 August 1967
    Vietnam Defense
    7 to 20 December 1965
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    9 June to 7 July 1967
    23 to 26 July 1967
    20 to 25 August 1967

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Transferred, cash sale, under the Security Assistance Program to Mexico, 1 September 1976, fate unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 30 September 1978
  • USS Hitchiti earned two battle star for World War II service, three battle stars for Korean War service, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal with three campaign stars for Vietnam War service
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 1,205 t.(lt) 1,675 t.(fl)
    Length 205'
    Beam 38 6"
    Draft 15' 5" (lim)
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    5 Officers
    80 Enlisted
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    As Built
    four General Motors 12-278A Diesel-electric engines
    Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 200Kw 120V/240 D.C.
    four Alco Diesel engines driving four General Electric generators and three General Motors 3-268A auxiliary services engines
    single propeller 3,000shp

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    Hitchiti 29k USS Hitchiti (ATF-103) at anchor, date and location unknown. Submitted by Herbert Jordan
    to National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Hitchiti 47k USS Hitchiti (ATF-103) underway, date and location unknown. Submitted by Rich Amundson to
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Hitchiti 113k USS Hitchiti (ATF-103) Bridge crew at Pearl Harbor in 1947. Left to right; H.Jordan QMS3/c, Sprinkle S2/c, Levandowski QM1/c. Submitted by H.C.Jordan QMS3c USS Hitchiti
    Hitchiti 208k USS Hitchiti (ATF-103) moored pierside, at Adak, AK, date unknown. Tom Kermen
    Hitchiti 534k USS Hitchiti (ATF-103) moored at Hospital Point, Naval Station Pearl Harbor, November 1968. ©Richard Leonhardt
    USN 1142880
    198k USS Hitchiti (ATF-103) under way off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, 12 January 1970
    US National Archives photo #'s USN 1142880, USN 1142882, K-1125 and K-1123 US Navy photos now in the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    USN 1142882
    Hitchiti 60k USS Hitchiti (ATF-103) under way, circa 1974, location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine January 1975, p.17
    Robert Hurst
    Hitchiti 164k USS Hitchiti (ATF-103) insignia was adopted in 1959. It features an Indian arrowhead and a Japanese shrine superimposed over a map of the Pacific. Date of Photo: 1968.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 65280-KN
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    USS Hitchiti (ATF-103)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Guthrie, Harry Alonzo, USN27 May 1944 - 19 August 1946
    02BOSN. Kihlstrom, Oscar W.19 August 1946 - 20 August 1946
    03LT. Allen, Orval Frank20 August 1946 - 1 August 1947
    04LT. Mayo II, Henry Thomas, USN (USNA 1945)1 August 1947 - 3 January 1951
    05LT. Scott, Wesley Bruce3 January 1951 - 1 December 1951
    06LT. Wells, Bruce Brown1 December 1951 - 1952
    07LT. Lewis Leon Garfield1952 - 8 November 1952
    08LT. Block, Claus Arnold8 November1952 - 1953
    09LT. Berwick, Robert Louis 1953 - 29 July 1955
    10LT. Masterson Jr., Alvin29 July 1955 - 17 December 1958
    11LT. DuCharme, George William17 December1958 - 5 October 1960
    12LT. Bennett, Donald Charles 5 October 1960 - 22 December 1961
    13LT. Burgess Jr., Harold Ernest22 December 1961 - 20 February 1964
    14LT. Skelly, John Frederick 20 February 1964 - 3 March 1966
    15LT. Estock Jr., George3 March 1966 - 17 July 1968
    16LT. Bowen, Ralph William17 July 1968 - 5 April 1971
    17LT. Kenyon, Morton William5 April 1971 - 26 August 1972
    18LT. Fagan, Patrick Michael26 August 1972 - 14 September 1973
    19LT. Wood Jr., Gordon Leo14 September 1973 - 6 September 1975
    20LT. Kline Jr., Edward Marvin6 September 1975 - 26 August 1977
    21LT. Nelson, Gary Steven26 August 1977 - 30 September 1979
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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