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International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Kilo - Foxtrot

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

ATR-1 Class Rescue Tug:
  • Laid down, 27 March 1943, at Dachel-Carter Shipbuilding, Benton Harbor MI.
  • Launched, 18 December 1943
  • Commissioned USS ATR-55, 26 April 1944
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold for commercial service in 1947, named San Saba, flagged US
  • Final Disposition, 5 October 1948, burned off Sabine Bay, TX.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
    Displacement 852 t.(lt) 1,360 t.(fl)
    Length 165' 5"
    Beam 33' 4"
    Draft 15' 10"
    Speed 12.2 kts.
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 47
    Fuel Capacity 1,620 Bbls
    one Fulton Iron Works, vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
    two Babcock and Wilcox D-type boilers, 250psi Sat°
    two turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,600shp

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    ATR-55 571k USS ATR-55 moored pierside, probably at Dachel-Carter Shipbuilding, Benton Harbor MI., circa April 1944. Suzanne Barker for her grandfather John Patrick Heimbecker (1920- 1998) USS ATR-55

    There is no DANFS history available for USS ATR-55 at NavSource
    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
    ATR-1-class Rescue Tug Illustration by Vern Bouwman
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