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USS Munsee (ATF-107)
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USS Munsee (AT-107) (1943 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Golf - Charlie
NXGC
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons





Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia Clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Fourth Row - Korea Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (4) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Vietnam)
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, 20 August 1942, at United Engineering & Drydock Co., Alameda, CA.
  • Launched, 21 January 1943
  • Commissioned USS Munsee (AT-107), 30 October 1943, LT. John F. Pingley in command
  • During World War II USS Munsee was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, Peleliu, 6 September to 14 October 1944
    Assault on the Philippine Islands, 9 to 24 September 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 24 March to 30 June 1945
    5th and 3d Fleet raids in support of Okinawa Gunto operation, 16 March t o6 June 1945
    Leyte operation
    3rd Fleet supporting operations, Okinawa attack, 10 October 1944
    Northern Luzon and Formosa attacks, 11 to 14 October 1944
     

  • Redesignated Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF-107), 15 May 1944
  • Following World War II USS Munsee was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    19 September to 14 December 19455 to 14 January 1950
     21 to 29 May 1950

  • USS Munsee (ATF-107) was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.8.1 Service Group - Repair and Service Unit for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
  • USS Munsee earned the Korean Service Medal for the period, 17 August 1953 to 8 February 1954
  • During the Vietnam War USS Munsee participated in the following campaigns:

    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Vietnam Service Medal
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnam Advisory Campaign
    5 to 13 August 1964
    22 August to 13 September 1964
    2 to 4, 9 to 11, 21 23 October 1964
    29 June to 3 July 1965
    Tet Counteroffensive
    30 January to 22 February 1968
    Vietnam Defense
    28 July to 1 August 1965
    15 August to 14 September 1965
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    23 to 26 April 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    5 to 17 December 1967
    15 to 29 January 1968
     

  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 30 November 1969
  • Subsequently sold, date unknown, to Ocean Service Corp.
  • Resold, date unknown, to CY Tung, renamed MV Island
  • Final Disposition, burned in 1978, and scrapped
  • USS Munsee earned three battle stars for World War II service and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and Vietnam Service Medal with four campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,240 t.(lt) 1,675 t.(fl)
    Length 205'
    Beam 38' 6"
    Draft 15' 4"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 80
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Armament
    one single 3"/50 cal. dual purpose gun mount
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 2,225 Bbls
    Propulsion
    Diesel-electric
    four 750hp Busch-Sulzer BS-539 Diesel main engines driving four General Electric main drive generators and two 1500hp pulsation motors
    three Diesel-drive General Motors 3-268A auxiliary services engines driving
    three Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 200Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller, 3000shp

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    Munsee 174k USS Munsee (ATF-107) launching, 21 January 1943, at United Engineering & Drydock Co., Alameda, CA.
    US Navy Bureau of Ships photo from the collections of the US national Archives.
    Alan Owens
    Sarsi 680k Four Abnaki Class Fleet Ocean Tugs at the fitting out pier of United Engineers and Drydock Co., Alameda, CA., 8 October 1944. USS Sarsi (ATF-111) (foreground), to her starboard side is USS Munsee (ATF-107) and astern of Sarsi is USS Serrano (ATF-112) with Pakana (ATF-108) to starboard of Serrano
    A US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Alan Owens
    Munsee 1472k Six Abnaki Class Fleet Ocean Tugs at the fitting out pier of United Engineers and Drydock Co., Alameda, CA., 8 October 1944: Right column;
    USS Munsee (ATF-107)
    USS Pakana (ATF-108)
    USS Potawatomi (ATF-109)
    Left column;
    USS Sarsi (ATF-111)
    USS Serrano (ATF-112) and
    USS Takelma (ATF-113)
    A US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Alan Owens
    Pakana 265k The detached and capsized bow (at left) of the heavy cruiser USS Pittsburgh (CA-72) under tow toward Guam in June 1945. It had broken loose in a typhoon on 5 June. Two fleet tugs seen at right are probably USS Pakana (ATF-108) and USS Munsee (ATF-107).
    US Navy Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 98251
    Robert Hurst
    Munsee 89k USS Munsee (ATF-107) underway off Mare Island Navy yard, at the end of a overhaul period at the yard, 25 March 1946. Shipyard records indicated overhaul period started 28 February 1946 and completed 1 April 1946.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1186-46
    Darryl Baker
    Munsee 83k USS Munsee (ATF-107) underway off Mare Island Navy yard, at the end of a overhaul period at the yard, 25 March 1946.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo #1188-46
    Darryl Baker
    Munsee 196k Aft plan view of USS Munsee (ATF-107) at Navy Yard Mare Island, 28 March 1946. She is inboard of USS Achomawi (ATF 148). Just forward of Munsee is USS Current (ARS-22) and forward of that ship is (from left to right) are USS Lipan (ATF-85), USS Deliver (ARS-23) and USS Preserver (ARS-8).
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1247-46
    Darryl Baker
    Munsee 222k Forward plan view of USS Munsee (ATF-107) at Navy Yard Mare Island, 28 March 1946. She is inboard of USS Achomawi (ATF 148). Aft of the two tugs are USS Harnett County (LST 821) and YD-33.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1248-46
    Darryl Baker
    Achomawi 183k USS Munsee (ATF-107) is inboard in this forward plan view of USS Achomawi (ATF 148) at Navy Yard Mare Island, 28 March 1946. USS Harnett County (LST 821) and YD-33 are aft.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1249-46
    Darryl Baker
    Munsee 88k USS Munsee (ATF-107) off Mare Island at the end of a overhaul period at the yard, 31 October 1956. Shipyard records indicated overhaul period started 31 August 1956 and completed 30 October 1956.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # NY9 31972-10-56
    Darryl Baker
    Munsee 49k USS Munsee (ATF-107) underway, date and location unknown Courtesy National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Submitted by Alan Moore
    Munsee 54k USS Munsee (ATF-107) underway, date and location unknown Bob McDonald

    USS Munsee (ATF-107)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Pingley, John F.30 October 1943 - 1944
    02LT. Silvia Jr., Charles H.1944
    03LCDR. Buday, Johnno dates
    04LT. Kemmerer, Carl E.1946
    05LCDR. Finley Jr., Miles RushOctober 1947 - August 1948
    06LCDR. Dievendorff, Frank1957 - 1960
    07LCDR. Ashurst, Arthur JosephJanuary 1960 - July 1961
    08LCDR. Fischer, Warren H. USN July 1965 - December 1966
    09LCDR. Goodwin Jr., Robert Lee3 January 1967 - ?
    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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