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USS Wateree (ATF-117)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Victor - Delta
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


Abnaki Class Fleet Ocean Tug:
  • Laid down, 22 September 1943, as Fleet Tug (AT-117) at United Engineering Co., Alameda, CA.
  • Redesignated Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF-117), 15 May 1944
  • Launched, 14 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS Wateree (ATF-117), 17 February 1945, at San Francisco, CA., LT. Gilbert E. Perry in command
  • Final Disposition, grounded and damaged beyond economical repair during Typhoon "Louise" at Okinawa, 9 October 1945, with the loss of eight crew members
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 November 1946
    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
    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.
    single propeller 3,000shp

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    Tawakoni 860k USS Tawakoni (ATF-114) (foreground) under construction at United Engineering Co., Alameda, CA., 8 October 1943. USS Watersee (ATF-117) is on the left.
    A US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Alan Owens
    Wateree 665k USS Wateree (ATF-117) ready for launching, 14 June 1944, at United Engineering Co., Alameda, CA.
    A US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Alan Owens
    Wateree 692k USS Wateree (ATF-117) moored at the fitting out pier, United Engineering Co., Alameda, CA., 6 July 1944
    A US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Alan Owens
    Wateree 1544k USS Wateree (ATF-117) fitting out at United Engineering Co, Alameda CA, 9 December 1944. The stern of USS Tolowa (ATF-116) visible just forward. Watersee sank during Typhoon 'Louise' at Okinawa less than a year later with the loss of eight sailors, including her CO and XO.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-79509, a US Navy BUSHIPS photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Alan Owens
    Wateree 1982k USS Wateree (ATF-117) moored at the fitting out pier, United Engineering Co., Alameda, CA., 11 January 1945, nearing completion about a month before commissioning.
    A US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Alan Owens

    USS Wateree (AF-117 / ATF-117)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    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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