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Scuttled at Corregidor, 5 May 1942

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USS Genesee (AT-55)
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USS Genesee (Fleet Tug # 55) (1917 - 1920)
Monocacy (SP-1116) (1917)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - World War I Victory Medal (with Patrol clasp) - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Defense Medal


  • Built as the civilian tug Monocacy in 1905 by the Maryland Steel Co., Sparrow's Point, MD.
  • Purchased by the US Navy, 27 July 1917, from Philadelphia & Reading Railway Co., Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Placed in service, 25 September 1917, at Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • Commissioned USS Genesee (Fleet Tug No. 55), 10 November 1917, LT. Charles H. T. B. Tissell, USNRF, in command
  • Designated Fleet tug (AT-55), 17 July 1920
  • During World War II USS Genesee was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Campaign and Dates
    Philippine Islands operation, 8 December 1941 to 5 May 1942
  • Scuttled at Corregidor, P.I., 5 May 1942, to avoid capture by the Japanese
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 24 July 1942
  • Salvaged by Japanese forces, placed in service as Patrol Vessel 107, 20 April 1944
  • Final Disposition, sunk by US air attack 5 November 1944 off Corregidor
  • USS Genesee received one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 688 t.
    Length 170'
    Beam 29'
    Draft 16'
    Speed 15 kts.
    Complement 56
    Armament one 3"/50 gun mount
    Propulsion system unknown

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    USS Genesee (SP-1116)
    Genesse 180k USS Genesee (SP-1116) under way at Queenstown, Ireland, in 1918. Wartime fittings included the gun platform and 3"/50 gun forward and the crows nest on the foremast.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 53873, Photographed by Zimmer.
    Robert Hurst
    USS Genesse (AT-55)
    Genesse 47k USS Genesee (AT-55) underway in Far Eastern waters, circa 1922-1925.
    US Navy photo # NH 102416, from the collection LCDR. Waldo B. McLeod USN now part of the US Naval Historical Center collection.
    US Naval Historical Center

    USS Genesee (AT-55)
    DANFS history entry located on the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Tissell, Charles Henry Thomas Barton, USNRF10 November 1917 - 31 January 1918
    02LTjg. Kolle, Gustave Otto31 January 1918 - 8 February 1921
    03CHBOSN. Singles, Benjamin Frank8 February 1921 - 30 August 1923
    04CHBOSN. Brensnahan Michael John30 August 1923 - 12 November 1923
    05CHBOSN. Overall, Farrell Norton Cole12 November 1923 - 9 March 1929
    06CHBOSN. Douglas, Leonard Daniel9 March 1929 - 15 November 1930
    07CHBOSN. Guy, Lafayette Purcell16 November 1930 - 4 October 1931
    08CHBOSN. Pierce, John Albert30 September 1930 -  
    09CHBOSN. Calkins, Raymond August4 October 1931 - 12 August 1933
    10CHBOSN. Arnold, Harold Levi12 August 1933 - 30 September 1936
    11CHBOSN. Dyer, William Winfield30 September 1936 - 18 August 1940
    12BOSN. Boyd, Eugene Corell18 August 1840 - 5 May 1942
    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
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
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