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USS Takelma (ATF-113)


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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons





Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Second Row - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Fourth Row - Korean Service Medal (2) - Vietnam Service Medal (2) - Humanitarian Service Medal (1- Eniwetok Cleanup)
Fifth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)



USS Takelma (ATF-113) was transferred to Argentina and renamed ARA SubOficial Castillo (A-6)
Abnaki Class Fleet Ocean Tug:
  • Laid down, 18 September 1943 as Fleet Tug (AT-113) at United Engineers Co., San Francisco, CA.
  • Launched, 18 September 1943
  • Redesignated Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF-113), 15 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS Takelma (ATF-113), 3 August 1944
  • During World War II USS Takelma was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Takelma was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 8 to 26 September 1945
  • During the Korean War USS Takelma participated in the following campaigns:
    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Korean Defense Summer-Winter 1952
    20 August to 17 September 1952
    20 to 21 September 1952
    Third Korean Winter
    2 to 30 December 1952
    19 to 24 January 1953
    30 January to 18 February 1953

  • During the Vietnam War USS Takelma participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    8 July to 15 August 1968
    20 to 21 September 1952
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    18 October to 12 November 1968
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 28 January 1992
  • Transferred to Argentina, 30 September 1993, under the Security Assistance Program, renamed ARA SubOficial Castillo (A-6)
  • Current Disposition, active in Argentine Navy as of 2003
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,205 t.(lt) 1,675 t.(fl)
    Length 205'
    Beam 38' 6"
    Draft 16.5' (trial)
    Speed 16 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
    two depth charge tracks
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 2,175 Bbls
    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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    USS Takelma (ATF-113)
    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
    Takelma 38k Alpha Docks, Pearl Harbor USS Takelma (ATF-113)
    outboard of USS Safeguard (ARS-25), date unknown.
    Courtesy Craig Rothammer and
    The National Association
    of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Takelma 74k USS Takelma (ATF-113) at San Diego, CA, circa 1949-1950 James C McCann EM1 USN USS Takelma
    . December 1949 to April 1950
    Courtesy Patrick F McCann
    Takelma 43k USS Takelma (ATF-113) movIng a barge with a Douglas AD Skyraider that had made an emergency landing towards the battleship USS Iowa (BB-61) at the Port of Wonson, Korea, circa 1951-53. Photo contributed by George Tate via Rodger Dana. Robert Hurst
    Takelma 67k USS Takelma (ATF-113) underway, date and location unknown. Armada Argentina web site
    Takelma 23k USS Takelma (ATF-113) drydocked at Pearl Harbor, HI., August 1972. Photo contributed by Steve Hubbard. Robert Hurst
    Takelma 28k USS Takelma (ATF-113) entering Pearl Harbor, HI. in 1974. Armada Argentina web site
    Takelma 76k USS Takelma (ATF-113) underway during a towing exercise, circa 1975. Photo taken from USS Bolster (ARS-38), courtesy National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors, contributed by Rodney O' Rear. Robert Hurst
    Takelma 339k USS Takelma (ATF-113) starboard side to Alava Wharf US Naval Station Subic Bay, P.I. with USS Midway (CV-41) windward Alava Wharf. circa 1977 Robert G. Anderson, USS Takelma 1975-79.
    Takelma 495k USS Takelma (ATF-113) underway on the Columbia River, enroute, Portland, OR., circa 1977-78. Robert G. Anderson, USS Takelma 1975-79.
    Takelma 134k USS Takelma (ATF-113) and USS Safeguard (ARS-25) moored at Alpha Docks, Naval Station Pearl Harbor, HI. in 1975 Craig Rothhammer
    Takelma 28k USS Takelma (ATF-113) with target sled towed aft, prepares to help a fishing boat on fire. Date and location unknown.
    Photo contributed by George Tate via Rodger Dana. Photo taken from the ArmadaArgentina website
    Robert Hurst
    ARA SubOficial Castillo (A-6)
    Takelma 81k Ex-USS Takelma (ATF-113) in Argentine service as ARA SubOficial Castillo (A-6) off the Argentine Antarctic Station Deception, date unknown. Armada Argentina web site
    Takelma 93k ARA SubOficial Castillo (A-6) at Potter Creek off the Argentine Naval Base at Jubany, Antarctica, date unknown. Armada Argentina web site
    Takelma 23k ARA SubOficial Castillo (A-6) drydocked at Puerto Belgrano Naval Base, date unknown.
    Armada Argentina photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Takelma 76k ARA SubOficial Castillo the research vessel ARA Puerto Deseado (Q-20), and the Icebreaker ARA Almirante Irizar (Q-5), underway in the Beagle Channel, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. Armada Argentina photo. Robert Hurst
    Takelma 89k ARA SubOficial Castillo (A-6) anchored off the Argentine Antarctic Station on Deception Island, South Shetland Islands, date unknown. Photo courtesy of Armada Argentina. Robert Hurst
    Takelma 63k ARA SubOficial Castillo (A-6) anchored in Antarctic waters, date unknown. Photo courtesy of Armada Argentina. Robert Hurst
    Takelma 70k ARA SubOficial Castillo (A-6) conducting towing operations at sea, date unknown. Photo and text courtesy of Armada Argentina. Robert Hurst
    Takelma 204k ARA SubOficial Castillo (A-6) at anchor off En Isla de los Estados (Staten Island), 18 miles off the eastern extremity of the Argentine portion of Tierra Del Fuego, date unknown. Photo and text from Armada Argentina. Robert Hurst
    Takelma 37k ARA SubOficial Castillo (A-6) at anchor, off Base Decepcion (Deception), the Argentine Antarctic base on Deception Island, South Shetland islands, Antarctica, date unknown. Photo and text from Armada Argentina. Robert Hurst
    Takelma 37k ARA SubOficial Castillo (A-6) at anchor in Antarctic waters, date unknown. Photo and text from Armada Argentina. Robert Hurst
    Takelma 11k ARA SubOficial Castillo (A-6) at anchor in Antarctic waters, date unknown. Photo and text from Armada Argentina. Robert Hurst
    Takelma 98k ARA SubOficial Castillo (A-6) anchored off Base Camara (Chamber), the Argentine Antarctic Base located on Half Moon Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica, date unknown. Photo and text from Armada Argentina. Robert Hurst
    Takelma 11k ARA SubOficial Castillo (A-6) underway in Antarctic waters, date unknown. Photo and text from Armada Argentina. Robert Hurst
    Takelma 17k ARA SubOficial Castillo (A-6) tied up pierside at Puerto San Julian, Argentina in May 1995. Photo and text from Armada Argentina. Robert Hurst

    USS Takelma (ATF-113)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    02LT. Blakeney, Jack C.1945 - 1945
    03LT. Clasen, R. C.no dates
    04LCDR. Traub III, Charles (Chuck)1948 - 1950
    05LCDR. Stangl, Gerald George (Casey)1950 - 11 May 1952
    06LT. O'Kane, John Draney11 May 1952 - 14 July 1955
    07LT. Brooks, Claude Charles14 July 1955 - 14 March 1958
    08LT. Poitras, Robert Roland14 March 1958 - 16 January 1960
    09LT. Dyer, Thomas Edward16 January 1960 - 2 July 1962
    10LT. Newell, Byron Bruce ;RADM2 July 1962 - 8 April 1964
    11LT. Ray, William Junior8 April 1964 - 4 March 1966
    12LT. Quick, James William4 March 1966 - 14 August 1968
    13LT. Frost, Bobby Eugene14 August 1968 - 28 November 1970
    14LT. Martinez, J. N.28 November 1970 - 17 November 1972
    15LT. Sweatt Jr., William McClain17 November 1972 - 10 December 1974
    16LT. Lewis, Billy Laroy10 December 1974 - 15 April 1977
    17LT. Masters, William David15 April 1977 - 24 November 1978
    18LCDR. Lewis, Billy Laroy24 November 1978 - 13 March 1979
    19LCDR. Bogdewic, Daniel David13 March 1979 - 8July 1981
    20LCDR. Stewart, William James8 July 1981 - 30 September 1983
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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