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USS Pinola (ATO-33)
USS Pinola (AT-33) (1920 - 1944)
USS Pinola (Fleet Tug #33) (1920)

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

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

Bagaduce Class Fleet Tug:
  • Originally assigned the name Nipsic
  • Renamed Pinola, 24 February 1919
  • Laid down as Pinola, 3 March 1919, at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, WA.
  • Launched, 12 August 1919
  • Commissioned USS Pinola (Fleet Tug No. 33), 7 February 1920, LT. Ora A. Martin, in command
  • Designated Fleet Tug AT-33, 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 9 June 1922, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Recommissioned, 14 August 1923 at Mare Island, LT. Harold A. Turner, in command
  • During World War II USS Pinola was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Redesignated Fleet Tug Old ATO-33, 15 May 1944
  • Decommissioned, 31 January 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 26 February 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 21 July 1947
  • Sold 21 July 1947, to Oakland Manufacturing Co., for $890.00, removed the same day, fate unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 1,000 t. 1,220 t. (lim)
    Length 156' 8"
    Beam 36'
    Draft 16' 2" (lim)
    Speed 11.3 kts. (trial)
    Largest Boom Capacity 5 t.
    5 officers
    56 enlisted
    Armament one machine gun
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 1,735 Bbls
    one Puget Sound Navy Yard triple expansion steam engine, cylinder diameter - High pressure - 16", Intermediate pressure - 36", Low pressure - 60"
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 200psi Sat°
    two turbo-drive 25Kw 120V D.C. Ship's service generators
    single propeller, 4 blades, 6 foot diameter, 1,800shp

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    Pinola 278k Left to right: USS Pinola (AT-33) USS Algorma (AT-34) and USS Dreadnaught (YT-34) laid up in reserve at Mare Island Navy Yard, 11 April 1923.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo MINSY 4487-4-23 from the files of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    Darryl Baker
    Pinola 56k USS Pinola (AT-33) under way, circa 1932, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Pinola 138k USS Pinola (AT)-33) near the Mare Island Navy Yard, 12 February 1942. Early in World War II most of this class received four small anti-aircraft guns, initially .50 caliber machine guns as shown here and later 20mm Oerlikons. Pinola's gun arrangement, with single tubs fore and aft, was unusual. Note also the hull bulge, fitted in late 1941 to improve stability.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-28198 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Pinola 39k USS Pinola (AT-33) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from ONI 54-R
    Tommy Trampp

    USS Pinola (AT-33 / ATO-33)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Martin, Ora Alexander7 February 1920 - 5 August 1920
    02BOSN. Van Pelt, Edward5 August 1920 - 26 September 1921
    03LT. Metters, Frederick William 26.09.1921-09.06.1922
     Decommissioned9 June 1922 - 14 August 1923
    04LT. Turner, Harold Agnew14 August 1923 - 15 December 1924
    05LT. Bettens, Warren Joseph15 December 1924 - 29 November 1926
    06LT. Byrholdt, Alfred Jensen29 November 1926 - 1 October 1929
    07LT. Medusky, William John1 October 1929 - 20 June 1931
    08LT. Woodson, Charles Russell20 June 1931 - 3 June 1933
    09LT. Ilsemann, Frederick Joseph3 June 1933 - 7 May 1934
    10LT. Weldin, George Carroll7 May 1934 - 10 June 1935
    11LT. Bennington, John Paige10 June 1935 - 31 May 1938
    12LT. Neimo, Peter James31 May 1938 - 4 June 1938
    13LT. Griese, Arthur Adolph4 June 1938 - 14 July 1942
    14LT. Kiser, Harry Edward14.07.1942 - 1942
    15LT. Helm, Zachariah T.1942 - 20 September 1944
    17LT. Bahlau, Paul Francis5 November 1945 - 31 January 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Back To The Navsource Photo Archives Main Page Back To The Service Ship Photo Index Back To The Fleet Tug (AT) Photo Index Back To The Fleet Tug (ATO) Photo Index
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    Last Updated 5 January 2018