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USS Tolowa (ATF-116)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Romeo - Quebec
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

USS Tolowa (ATF-116) was transferred to Venezuela, renamed ARBV Felipe Larrazábal (R-11)
Abnaki Class Fleet Ocean Tug:
  • Laid down, 28 July 1943, as Fleet Tug (AT-116) at United Engineering Co., San Francisco, CA.
  • Redesignated Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF-116), 16 May 1944
  • Launched, 17 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS Tolowa (ATF-116), 26 December 1944, LT. Eugene G. Sheasby, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Tolowa was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 12 to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS Tolowa was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    1 to 7 April 194616 October 1945 to 28 March 1946
  • Decommissioned, 27 January 1947
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Orange, TX.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 11 November 1970
  • Transferred to Venezuela circa February 1962, ("Navy Times" 28 Feb 1962)
  • Commissioned ARBV Felipe Larrazábal (R-11)
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Venezuelan Navy, dates unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS Tolowa earned one battle star for World War II service
    Displacement 1,330 t.(lt) 1,689 t.(fl)
    Length 205'
    Beam 38' 6"
    Draft 17' (max)
    Speed 16.6 kts.
    8 Officers
    68 Enlisted
    one single 3"/50 gun mount
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    six .50 cal machine guns
    two depth charge tracks
    Diesel-electric, four Alco Diesel main engines driving four General Electric generators and three General Motors 3-268A auxiliary services engines
    single propeller, 3,600shp

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    USS Tolowa (ATF-116)
    Tolowa 469k USS Tolowa (ATF-116) moored, date and location unknown. Submitted by CWO3 Kenneth J. Seaman, USN Ret. for Harvey Peck (i>USS Tolowa
    ARBV Felipe Larrazábal (R-21)
    Tolowa 57k Ex-USS Tolowa (ATF-116) in Venezuelan service as ARBV Felipe Larrazábal (R-11) underway, circa 1962, location unknown. Robert Hurst

    USS Tolowa (ATF-116)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Sheasby, Eugene Gary, USNR26 December 1944 - ?
    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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