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Patch at left courtesy Greg Collins via Mike Turner, patch at right courtesy Mike Smolinski

Contributed by Al Grazevich

USS Moctobi (ATF-105)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Xray - Delta
NWXD
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons





Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (2)
Fourth Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3 -Quemoy-Matsu, 4-Vietnam) - Vietnam Service Medal (2) - Coast Guard Unit Commendation
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, 7 October 1943, as Fleet Tug (AT-105) at Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 25 March 1944
  • Redesignated Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF-105), 15 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS Moctobi (ATF-105), 25 July 1944, LT. Troy Braesher USN in command
  • Following World War II and during the Korean War USS Moctobi was assigned to Occupation and China Service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 September to 25 December 194518 June to 5 July 1951
    2 to 9 December 1946 
    16 to 29 January 1947 

  • Decommissioned, 30 June 1948
  • Assigned to the Pacific Reserve Fleet San Francisco Group at Alameda CA., 27 August 1948
  • Recommissioned, 8 November 1950, at San Francisco, CA., LT. John M. Geortner USN in command
  • During the Korean War USS Moctobi participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    30 April to 20 May 1951
    1 to 18 June 1951
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    7 to 25 September 1951
    27 to 29 September 1951
    5 to 8 November 1951

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

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase III
    13 July to 17 August 1967
    10 to 16 September 1967
    7 to 11 October 1967
    29 October to 4 November 1967
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    31 August to 6 September 1970
    1 to 13 November 1970

  • Decommissioned, 30 September 1985, at Long Beach, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Bremerton, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 27 January 1992
  • Sold, 29 December 1997 to the Northeast Wisconsin Railroad Transportation Commission, to be leased to Escanaba and Lake Superior Railroad Co.
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 2012
  • USS Moctobi earned two battle stars for the Korean War and two campaign stars for the Vietnam War
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,205 t.(lt) 1,675 t.(fl)
    Length 205'
    Beam 38 6"'
    Draft 15' 5" (lim)
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Complement
    5 Officers
    80 Enlisted
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Armament
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Propulsion
    As Built
    four Busch-Sulzer (mod 12-278) Diesel-electric engines
    Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 200Kw 120V/240 D.C.
    Modernized
    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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    Moctobi 58k USS Moctobi (ATF-105) in World War II dark gray paint scheme circa April 1946
    US Navy photo
    Norman Davis via Mike Turner
    Moctobi 168k USS Moctobi (ATF-105) underway arriving in San Francisco Bay, the morning of 10 April 1946. (Note the Golden Gate Bridge tower in the background.) Moctobi had completed towing a floating drydock from Okinawa to Pearl Harbor and was returning to San Francisco for engine repairs. Photo from "The Towline" the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors magazine, 1 September 1996. Stan Svec
    Moctobi 91k USS Moctobi (ATF-105) moored pierside at Adak, AK., spring 1962. Photo by Dennis Colton USS Moctobi
    Moctobi 99k USS Moctobi (ATF-105) bridge and wheelhouse area, 1962. Photo by Dennis Colton USS Moctobi
    Moctobi 91k USS Moctobi (ATF-105) fantail area. Note; tow in distance, 1962. Photo by Dennis Colton USS Moctobi
    Moctobi 109k USS Moctobi (ATF-105) with hazegray paint scheme circa June 1946 Norman Davis via Mike Turner
    Moctobi 42k USS Moctobi (ATF-105) at Alpha Dock, Naval Station Pearl Harbor, HI, 1966 Photo by Ralph Carpenter via Mike Turner
    Moctobi 33k USS Moctobi (ATF-105) undergoing salvage drills Photo by Joe Siesal, submitted
    to NAFTS
    (National Association
    of Fleet Tug Sailors)
    Moctobi 154k USS Moctobi (ATF-105) underway, circa late 1960s to early 1970s Steve Bingham via Mike Turner
    Moctobi 88k USS Moctobi (ATF-105) recovering an Air Force drone, Lingayen Gulf, P.I., November 1970. Jack W Miller, EMC USN, Ret.USS Moctobi
    Moctobi 115k USS Moctobi (ATF-105) crewmembers, spring 1971. The ship was in drydock at Pearl Harbor. Jack W Miller, EMC USN, Ret.USS Moctobi
    Moctobi 73k USS Moctobi (ATF-105) moored pierside at Naval Station Sasebo, Japan circa 1980s. Ron Reeves
    Moctobi 89k USS Moctobi (ATF-105) underway circa 1979-1982 Jim McLean via Mike Turner
    Moctobi 79k USS Moctobi (ATF-105) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr
    Moctobi 75k Ex-Moctobi (ATF-105) and ex-Quapaw (ATF-110), Pier 9, former Naval Station Long Beach, CA., circa 1993 Photo by Art Ramirez USN Ret via Richard Tetrault
    Contributed by Mike Turner
    Moctobi 143k Ex-Moctobi (ATF 105) moored to port of the ex-Quapaw (ATF-110), date unknown, Historic Shipyard #3, Richmond, CA. Roger Herbst
    Quapaw 85k Ex-Moctobi (ATF 105) moored inboard of ex-Quapaw (ATF-110) . Both are moored astern of the old wooden hulled West Coast passenger and freight steamer Wapama, date unknown, Historic Shipyard #3, Richmond, CA. Roger Herbst
    Quapaw 124k Ex-Moctobi (ATF 105) (renamed MV Lion) moored inboard of ex-Quapaw (ATF-110) (renamed MV Tiger). Both are moored astern of the old wooden hulled West Coast passenger and freight steamer Wapama, 28 October 2011, Historic Shipyard #3, Richmond, CA. Photo by Mike McCullough
    Quapaw 115k Ex-Moctobi (ATF 105) (renamed MV Lion) moored inboard of ex-Quapaw (ATF-110) (renamed MV Tiger). Note ex-Quapaw lies partially on her starboard side after sinking at her moorings at Historic Shipyard #3, Richmond, CA. Photo was taken 28 December 2011 Photo by Mike McCullough
    Quapaw 115k Ex-Moctobi (ATF 105) moored at Historic Shipyard #3, Richmond, CA., circa December 2011. Photos by Mike McCullough
    Quapaw 177k
    Quapaw 118k
    Quapaw 140k

    USS Moctobi (ATF-105)
    DANFS
    history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Braesher, Troy USN24 July 1944 - 7 September 1945
    02LT. Brothers, William Edward7 September 1945 - 13 April 1946
    03LT. Hein, John Abraham13 April 1946 - 24 April 1948
     Decommissioned 30 June 1948 - 8 November 1950
    05LCDR. Geortner, John M. USN8 November 1950 - 27 June 1952
    06LT. Freiberger, Joseph George27June 1952 - 16 August 1952
    07LT. Chanslor, J. W.16 August 1952 - 22 October1952
    08LT. Bonham Jr., John Wayne22 October 1952 - 6 April 1954
    09LT. Leonnig, Robert Bayard6 April 1954 - 25 May 1956
    10LT. Turner, W. A. 25 May 1956 - 1 May 1958
    11LT. Lindenmayer, Louie Leonard1 May 1958 - 18 January 1960
    12LT. Uehlinger, John, Clark USN18 January 1960 - 27 December 1961
    13LCDR. Godden, Richard Owen USN27 December 1961 - 25 September 1963
    14LT. Connolly, Leo Joseph25.September.1963 25 September 1964
    15LT. Pizinger, Donald Dean25 September 1964 - 20 July 1967
    16LCDR. Erwin, Arthur Robert20 July 1967 - 3 October 1969
    17LCDR. Mikolajczyk, Ronald Joseph3 October 1969 - 24 December 1971
    18LT. Barry, Thomas Anthony24 December 1971 - 10 September 1973
    19LT. Creasser Jr., William Nial10 September 1973 - 30 September 1975
    20LCDR. Long, Peter Avard Chipman :RADM30 September 1975 - 11 December 1977
    21LT. Martin, John Thomas Oliver11 December 1977 - 26 September 1979
    22LT. Smith, Chester Burton26 September 1979 - 25 November 1981
    23LCDR. Londot, Jack Lane25 November 1981 - 7 January 1984
    24LT. Malone, Laurence James7 January 1984 - 30 September 1985
    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
    USS Moctobi (ATF-105) Crew Photos By Dennis Colton
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
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