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USS Shakori (ATF-162)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Delta - Oscar
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 Expeditionary Medal (5-Cuba)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba, 1-Dominican Republic) - Vietnam Service Medal (1) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Shakori (ATF-162) was transferred to Taiwan and renamed ROCS Ta Fai (A563)
Abnaki Class Fleet Ocean Tug:
  • Laid down, 9 May 1945, at Charleston Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 9 August 1945
  • Commissioned USS Shakori (ATF-162), 20 December 1945, LT. William L. Sloan USNR in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS Shakori (ATF-162) participated in the following campaign:

    Vietnam War Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive, 19 January to 26 February 1966
  • Decommissioned, 29 February 1980
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS Shakori earned one campaign star for Vietnam War service
  • Sold under the Security Assistance Program to Taiwan, 1 October 1980, renamed ROCS Ta Fai (A563)
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 1,330 t.
    Length 205'
    Beam 38' 7"
    Draft 16' 9"
    Speed 16 kts.
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 80
    one single 3"/50 gun mount
    two twin 40mm gun mounts
    two single 20mm guns
    Diesel-electric drive, four General Motors 12-278A Diesel main engines driving four General Electric generators
    three General Motors 3-268A auxiliary services engines
    single propeller, 3,600shp

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    USS Shakori (ATF-162)
    Shakori 217k USS Shakori (ATF 162) moored outboard of USS Hemminger (DE-746), probably at Norfolk, circa 1950 to 1958. Hemminger is moored outboard of an unidentified destroyer which is along side either a Destroyer Tender (AD) or a Repair Ship (AR). Image courtesy of
    Larry Blumenthal, PH3, 1957-61.
    "US Navy Photos"
    Shakori 276k USS Shakori (ATF 162) underway, 24 February 1953, location unknown. Alan Owens
    Shakori 119k USS Shakori (ATF 162) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, August 1966.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Weatherford/Shakori 88k USS Shakori (ATF 162) sprays water on the ex-USS Weatherford (PC-618), being used as a salvage training hulk.
    From March 1967 issue of "All Hands" magazine.
    Bob Daly USS PC-1181
    Shakori 94k USS Shakori (ATF-162) arriving in the port of Malta in 1967 Phil Boleski USS Shakori 1966-68
    Shakori 169k USS Shakori (ATF-162) underway, circa 1970, location unknown. John Chiquoine and Gerry Corse
    Shakori 359k USS Shakori (ATF-162) in the Chesapeake Bay circa 1979
    Note crew in "salt & pepper" uniform.
    US Navy photo
    Mike Smolinski
    ROCS Ta Fai (A563)
    Shakori 38k Ex Shakori (ATF-162) in Taiwanese service as ROCS Ta Fai (A563), date and location unknown. .

    For more photos and information about USS Shakori, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • Welcome Aboard Pamphlet
  • Decommissioning Program
  • Shakori ATF 162
  • National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

  • Commanding Officers
    01LT. Sloan, William Lewis, USNR20 December 1945 - 31 December 1946
    02LT. Wheeler, Robert F., USNR31 December 1946 - 31 October1947
    03LT. Woodliff, Roy Allen, USN31 October 1947 - May 1950
    04LT. Zehner, John Adolphus, USNMay 1950 - 11August 1952
    05LT. McCullen, Charles, USN11 August 1952 - March 1954
    06LT. Kelly, Robert, USNMarch 1954 - May 1954
    07LCDR. O'Leary, Arthur Wilson, USNMay 1954 - June 1956
    08LT. Ramsey Sr., Russell Bennett, USNJune 1956 - August 1958
    09LT. Young Jr., Casanave Howle (Pete), USN (USNA 1950)August 1958 - March 1960
    10LT. Simmons, Douglas William, USNMarch 1960 - 2 July 1962
    11LT. Duke, Louie Carl, USN2 July 1962 - July 1964
    12LCDR. Czar, Raymond James, USNJuly 1964 - 25 February 1967
    13LT. Stasko, Nicholas Joseph, USN (USNA 1960)25 February 1967 - 15 April 1969
    14LCDR. McColgan, John Francis, USN15 April 1969 - 28 December 1971
    15LT. Jones, Charles William, USN (USNA 1965)28 December 1971 - 6 February 1973
    16LT. McDonald, Jerry Ralph, USN6 February 1973 - 19 March 1975
    17LT. Sargent Jr., David Putnam, USN :RADM19 Mach 1975 - 14 May 1977
    18LCDR. Schill, Jerome Edward, USN14 May 1977 - 5 January 1979
    19LT. Hebert, Edward Richard, USN (USNA 1970)5 January 1979 - 29 February 1980
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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