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USS Wando (YTB-123)
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USS Wando (YT-123) (1936 - 1944)
USS Wando (AT-17) (1920 - 1936)
USS Wando (Fleet Tug #17) (1917 - 1920)


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


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - World War I Victory Medal (with Atlantic Fleet clasp)
Bottom Row - American Defense Medal (with Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


Wando Class Fleet Tug:
  • Laid down, 14 June 1915 at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 7 March 1916
  • Commissioned USS Wando (Tug No. 17), 3 April 1917, BOSN Joseph W. Bettens USN in command
  • Designated Fleet Tug (AT-17), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned and placed in reserve, 18 April 1922, at Charleston, S.C.
  • Recommissioned, 15 March 1933, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Reclassified Harbor Tug (YT-123), 27 February 1936
  • Reclassified Large Harbor Tug (YTB-123), 15 April 1944
  • Decommissioned, 3 July 1946, at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, WA.
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 30 December 1946
  • Sold, 28 April 1947, to Puget Sound Tug and Barge Co. for $4,200, fate unknown
  • Sold and laid up at Lake Union in 1975
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 575 t.
    Length 123' 6"
    Beam 26' 8"
    Draft 11' 6" (mean)
    Speed 11 kts.
    Complement 23
    Armament two 3-pdrs
    Propulsion steam, single propeller

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    USS Wando
    Wando 124k USS Wando underway off the Charleston, S.C. Navy Yard, 22 May 1917.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 43679, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Wando 28k USS Wando underway at Charleston, S.C., 4 June 1917.
    US Navy photo NH 48474.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commercial Service
    Wando 246k Ex-USS Wando in commercial service as the Puget Sound Towing and Barge tug Wando towing barge Pacific # 3 abeam of the AP Cannery, Tongass Narrows, Alaska, July 1961.Photo courtesy the Harry McDonald Collection. Robert McDonald

    USS Wando (AT-17)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01BOSN. Bettens, Joseph Warren, USN3 April 1917 - 20 March 1918
    02LTjg. Cooper, Wallace20 March 1918 - 20 December 1918
    03LT. O'Connell, William Edward, USN20 December 1918 - 29 April 1919
    04LT. Buchanan, Walter Benjamin29 April 1919 - 23 June 1921
    06CHBOSN. Longseth, Thomas Fasting23 June 1921 - 18 April 1922
     Decommissioned18 April 1922 - 15 March 1933
    07LTjg. Durnell, Frank Lenox15 March 1933 - 14 May 1934
    08LTjg. Boileau, Almerian Robinson14 May 1934 - 8 February 1935
    09LT. Hare, Heron Sanderson8 February 1935 - 22 June 1936
    LTjg. Roughton, Emery22 June 1936 - 6 August 1938
    10CHBOSN. Collier, John William, USN6 August 1938 - 5 July 1940
    11CHBOSN. Bernson, Alvin Emanuel, USN5 July 1940 - 31 July 1940
    12CHBOSN. Hugo, Herbert Fendle, USN31 July 1940 - 7 July 1942
    13LT. Hill, Edmund Wright, USN (Ret.)7 July 1942 - 11 September 1942
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Russ Moody

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

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    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
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