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USS Quapaw (ATF-110)
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USS Quapaw (AT-110) (1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Lima - Bravo
NXLB
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons






Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Fourth Row - Korean Service Medal (5) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Korea, Op. Frequent Wind) - Vietnam Service Medal (7)
Fifth Row - Humanitarian Service Medal (Frequent Wind) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)
Sixth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


Navajo Class Fleet Ocean Tug:
  • Laid down, 28 December 1942, at United Engineers and Drydock Co., Alameda, CA.
  • Launched, 15 May 1943
  • Commissioned, USS Quapaw (AT-110), 6 May 1944, LCDR. N. H. Castle in command
  • Reclassified as Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF-110), 15 May 1944
  • During WWII USS Quapaw was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Western New Guinea operations
    Morotai landings, 15 September 1944
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 8 January 1945
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 13 October 1944 to 29 November 1944
    Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines
    Palawan Islands landings, 28 February to 10 March 1945
    Mindanao Island landings - Zamboanga, 10 to 25 March and 17 to 23 April 1945

  • Following World War II and 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)
    9 August to 1 September 194715 April to 5 May 1946
     1 to 2 October 1954

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

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    First UN Counter Offensive
    30 March to 21 April 1951
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    26 October to 20 November 1952
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    22 April to 25 May 1951
    Third Korean Winter
    17 January to 14 February 1953
    13 March to 9 April 1953
    12 April 1953
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    19 July to 3 August 1951
     

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

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Counteroffensive
    15 June to 30 June 1966
    Tet69/Counteroffensive
    2 to 4 March 1969
    18 to 19 April 1969
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase II
    1 July 1966
    15 June to 1 July 1966
    10 to 27 July 1966
    13 to 18 September 1966
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    21 to 24 June 1969
    8 to 10 July 1969
    Tet Counteroffensive
    4 to 9 February 1968
    19 February to 1 April 1968
    Vietnam Ceasefire
    14 to 17 November 1972
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    2 to 22 April 1968
     

  • Decommissioned, 30 August 1985
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 January 1992
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 2012
  • USS Quapaw earned the Navy Unit Commendation for service in Salvage, Fire Fighting, and Rescue Unit, Service Force, 7th Fleet - Philippine Islands area, 20 October 1944 to 15 February 1945 and four battle stars for World War II service, five battle stars for the Korean War and seven campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,240 t.(lt) 1,589 t.(fl)
    Length 205'
    Beam 38' 6"
    Draft 15' 4"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Complement 85
    Armament
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Propulsion
    Diesel-electric, four Alco Diesel main engines driving four General Electric generators and three General Motors 3-268A auxiliary services engines
    single screw

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    Quapaw 555k USS Quapaw (ATF-110) at the fitting out pier, United Engineers and Drydock Co., Alameda, CA., 8 October 1943.
    A US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Alan Owens
    Quapaw 674k
    Quapaw 32k USS Quapaw (ATF-110) underway, date and location unknown. Submitted by J C & David Conner to National
    Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Safeguard 425k Aerial view of the south end of Mare Island Naval Ship, between 12 and 19 September 1946. Ships present include:
    USS Oklahoma City (CL-91)
    USS Safeguard (ARS-25)
    USS Avery Island (AG-76)
    USS Quapaw (ATF-110)
    USS Eldorado (AGC-11)
    USS Barricade (ACM-3)
    USS Fieberling (DE-640)
    AFD-6
    USS Alfred A. Cunningham (DD-752) and
    Endicott (YM-12)
    Safeguard and Avery Island were at the yard for decontamination from the Bikini Island tests. Oklahoma City is about to be decommissioned; Barricade is about to be turned over to Coast Guard; Endicott dredging berth 18 and the others are in for repairs.
    US Navy photo courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
    Darryl Baker
    Quapaw 67k USS Quapaw (ATF-110) moored, date and location unknown. Submitted by Tom Pyle to National
    Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Quapaw 44k USS Quapaw (ATF-110) underway in rough seas in 1961 off the coast of Alaska with USS Thor (ARC-4) (not shown). Marty Martinez
    Quapaw 32k
    Quapaw 39k
    Quapaw 33k USS Quapaw (ATF-110) underway, date and location unknown. Marty Martinez
    Quapaw 39k USS Quapaw (ATF-110) underway, date and location unknown. Submitted by Joe Siesel to National
    Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Quapaw 42k USS Quapaw (ATF-110) underway, date and location unknown. Submitted by Joe Siesel to National
    Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Quapaw 49k USS Quapaw (ATF-110) underway, date and location unknown. Submitted by Joe Siesel to National
    Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Quapaw 214k USS Quapaw (ATF-110) underway at San Diego in 1949. Alan Owens
    Quapaw 106k USS Quapaw (ATF-110) moored to a buoy at Sasebo, Japan, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, December 1953
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Quapaw 93k USS Quapaw (ATF-110) at anchor, Sasebo, Japan, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, July 1957
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Quapaw 1089k USS Quapaw (ATF-110) underway off the Hawaiian Islands, 10 October 1970.
    Navy Photographic Center photo # NPC #KN-19109 by PH1 E. L. Goligoski
    DCC(SS/SW) David Johnston, USN
    Quapaw 109k USS Quapaw (ATF-110) underway, date and location unknown. This undated view shows the tall, somewhat thicker, Diesel exhaust pipe eventually adopted for the active units of this class.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # Unknown, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Quapaw 227k Ex- USS Nautilus (SSN-571), being towed by USS Quapaw (ATF-110) in San Francisco Bay just east of the Golden Gate, 28 May 1985, on the first leg on her journey to Groton.
    US Navy photo.
    Darryl Baker
    Nautilus 221k Ex- USS Nautilus (SSN-571) and USS Quapaw (ATF 110) sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge on 28 May 1985.
    US Navy photo.
    Darryl Baker
    Quapaw 90k Ex-USS Quapaw (ATF 110) moored inboard of ex-USS Moctobi (ATF-105), date unknown, Historic Shipyard #3, Richmond, CA. Note the bow of the old wooden hulled West Coast passenger and freight steamer Wapama (1915) is just visible in this photo. Wapama is the last of 215 passenger and freight steamers that served the West Coast. She is being restored for inclusion in the collection of the San Francisco Maritime Museum located at the foot of Hyde Street in San Francisco. Roger Herbst
    Moctobi 143k Ex-USS Quapaw (ATF 110) moored to starboard of ex-USS Moctobi (ATF-110), date unknown, Historic Shipyard #3, Richmond, CA. The stern of Quapaw is just visible in this photo. Roger Herbst
    Quapaw 173k Ex-Quapaw (ATF 110) and ex-Moctobi (ATF-105) moored together at Historic Shipyard #3, Richmond, CA. Photo was taken 28 April 2011 by Eoghanacht Robert Hurst
    Quapaw 118k Ex-USS Quapaw (ATF 110) and ex-USS Moctobi (ATF-105) moored astern of the old wooden hulled West Coast passenger and freight steamer Wapama, date unknown, Historic Shipyard #3, Richmond, CA. Roger Herbst
    Quapaw 85k Ex-USS Quapaw (ATF 110) and ex-USS Moctobi (ATF-105) moored astern of the old wooden hulled West Coast passenger and freight steamer Wapama, date unknown, Historic Shipyard #3, Richmond, CA. Roger Herbst
    Quapaw 109k Ex-USS Quapaw (ATF 110) moored astern of the old wooden hulled West Coast passenger and freight steamer Wapama, date unknown, Historic Shipyard #3, Richmond, CA. Roger Herbst
    Quapaw 99k Ex-USS Quapaw (ATF 110) stern view, close-up, date unknown, Historic Shipyard #3, Richmond, CA. Roger Herbst
    Quapaw 138k Ex-USS Quapaw (ATF 110) moored pierside at Historic Shipyard #3, Richmond, CA. Roger Herbst
    Quapaw 59k Ex-USS Quapaw (ATF 110) and ex-USS Moctobi (ATF-105) moored at Historic Shipyard #3, Richmond, CA., circa 2001. Joe Lombardi, Ocean Technical Services
    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) moored inboard of ex-Quapaw (ATF-110). 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 135k Ex-Quapaw (ATF-110) at her moorings at Historic Shipyard #3, Richmond, CA. after being raised, circa 2012. She is still moored astern of the old wooden hulled West Coast passenger and freight steamer Wapama. Photo by Mike McCullough

    USS Quapaw Additional Ships Patches
    Quapaw
    Contributed by Craig Rothhammer
    via NAFTS
    Quapaw
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski
    Quapaw
    Contributed by Wolfgang Hechler


    For more photos and information about USS Quapaw, see;
  • Dictionary of American Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • USS Quapaw ATF-110
  • National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

  • Commanding Officers
    01LT. Perry Jr., Herbert James24 June 1944 - 1 December 1944
    02LCDR. Donnell, Raymond Herbert1 December 1944 - 7 April 1945
    03LT. Hughes, Warren Robards7 April 1945 - 1 December 1945
    04LTjg. Bradford Jr., Robert Louis1 December 1945 - 9 January 1946
    05LT. Kelly, John Hawkin9 January 1946 - 1 April 1947
    06LT. Drachnik, Joseph Brennan1 April 1947 - 1 September 1947
    07LT. Smith, Robert Good1 September 1947 - 30 April 1948
     Decommissioned30 April 1948 - 5 December 1950
    08LT. Christian, Robert M.5 December 1950 - 24 October 1952
    09LT. Troike, John Rudolph24 October 1952 - 26 January 1954
    10LT. Cherry, William W. (acting)26 January 1954 - 19 March 1954
    11LCDR. Minard, Harold R.19 March 1954 - 17 May 1955
    12LCDR. McMurdo, Robert Bryce17 May 1955 - 15 February 1958
    13LT. Frudden, Mark Perrin :RADM15 February 1958 - 20 April 1959
    14LT. Hobgood, Ray Allen20 April 1959 - 18 August 1961
    15LT. Hollenbach, Richard George18 August 1961 - 28 June 1963
    16LT. Anderson, Archie Arnold28 June 1963 - 10 April 1965
    17LCDR. Rennaker, Charles Leroy10 April 1965 - 20 December 1966
    18LCDR. Tschida, Robert Matthew20 December 1966 - 16 December 1968
    19LCDR. Lindstrom, Gordon Ernest16 December 1968 - 7 April 1971
    20LCDR. George, Paul John7 April 1971 - 21 September 1972
    21LCDR. Wagner, Tod William21 September 1972 - 2 August 1974
    22LT. Paton, Albert Smith2 August 1974 - 11 January 1977
    23LT. Foley III, John Baptist :RADM21 January 1977 - 22 August 1978
    24LCDR. Storez, Robert Alfred22 August 1978 - 24 July 1980
    25LCDR. Kenny, John Michael24 July 1980 - 10 September 1982
    26LCDR. Harvey, Kenneth Dale10 September 1982 - 8 September 1984
    27LCDR. Cosper II, James Hector8 September 1984 - 30 August 1985
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves with the help of Fred Stinson

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

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