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Left patch contributed by Mike Smolinski and patch at right by Bruce Faber & Al Winkowski via NAFTS

Contributed by Al Grazevich

USS Mosopelea (ATF-158)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - India - Xray
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal (6-Cuba) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba)

Abnaki Class Fleet Ocean Tug:
  • Laid down, 2 January 1945, at Charleston Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 7 May 1945
  • Commissioned USS Mosopelea (ATF-158), 28 July 1945, LCDR. Allen H. Jensen, USNR, in command
  • Decommissioned, 2 July 1973
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 21 February 1992
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target, 27 October 1999
    Displacement 1,205 t.(lt) 1,646 t.(fl)
    Length 205'
    Beam 39'
    Draft 17' (max)
    Speed 16 kts.
    8 Officers
    68 Enlisted
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Diesel-electric, four General Motors 12-278A Diesel main engines driving four General Electric generators
    one 6 cylinder GM diesel engine 200KW main ships service generator set
    two General Motors 3-268A auxiliary services engines for emergency power
    single screw, 3,600shp

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    Mosopelea 299k USS Mosopelea (ATF-158) fitting out dockside at Charleston Shipbuilding and Drydock Co, in July 1945. Alan Owens
    Mosopelea 73k USS Mosopelea (ATF-158) commissioning ceremony, 28 July 1945, at Charleston Shipbuilding and Drydock Co,, Charleston, S.C. Alan Owens
    Mosopelea 51k USS Mosopelea (ATF-158) underway, date and location unknown. Courtesy Alexander Winkowski and The National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Mosopelea 270k USS Mosopelea (ATF-158) underway at NOB Norfolk, with the SERVLANT Salvage Barge in tow. In the background at the carrier piers are Boxer (LPH-4) and Intrepid (CVA-11), circa 1961. Image courtesy of
    Larry Blumenthal, PH3, 1957-61.
    "US Navy Photos"
    Mosopelea 28k USS Mosopelea (ATF-158) under way off Norfolk, VA., circa mid-1960s. Courtesy Bruce Faber and The National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Mosopelea 34k USS Mosopelea (ATF-158) moored pierside, Italy, circa 1964. Courtesy Bruce Faber and The National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Mosopelea 26k USS Mosopelea (ATF-158) underway off Boston, MA., circa 1965. The minesweeper in background is hard aground on rocks. She was unsalvageable and was destroyed by burning. Courtesy Bruce Faber and The National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Mosopelea 185k USS Mosopelea (ATF-158) under way in Valletta harbor, Malta in 1965.
    Photo by A & J Pavia from 1966/67 edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships"
    Robert Hurst
    Mosopelea 76k USS Mosopelea (ATF-158) under way in 1968, location unknown
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Mosopelea 130k USS Mosopelea (ATF-158) six cylinder GM diesel for the 200KW main ships service generator. Alexander M. Winkowski Jr. EM2 USS Mosopelea
    Mosopelea 104k One of USS Mosopelea (ATF-158)'s two General Motors 3-268A auxiliary services motor-generator sets. Alexander M. Winkowski Jr. EM2 USS Mosopelea

    USS Mosopelea (ATF-158)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Jensen, Allen Harold USNR28 July 1945 - 13 October 1945
    02LT. Anderson, Frank, USN13 October 1945 - March 1947
    03LT. MacKey, Jesse M., USNMarch 1947 - 
    04LCDR. Crawford, Francis George, USN  - 21 October 1958
    05LT. Wilson, Joseph W., USN21 October 1958 - 1960
    06LT. Butcher, Paul Donald, USN :VADM1960
    07LT. Dyer, Donald Alvin, USN :RADMno dates
    08LCDR. Tallant, James Gregory, USN1966
    09LCDR. Sherer, Cecil Wise, USNno dates
    10LT. Davis, Joseph Warren, USN1971 - February 1973
    11LT. Moore, Richard Warren, USN (USNA 1967)February 1973 - 2 July 1973
    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
    MARAD Vessel History Data base
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
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