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Cahokia (YTB-135)
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USS Cahokia (YT-135) (1938 - 1944)
USS Cahokia (AT-61) (1936 - 1938)
USCGC Cahokia (1921 - 1936)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Hotel - Delta
NCHD
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Fleet Tug
  • Laid down as Bayside, date unknown, by Providence Engineering Corp., City Island, N.Y. under United States Shipping Board contract (USSB 1352)
  • Completed and delivered to USSB in 1920
  • Acquired by the US Coast Guard, 21 October 1921
  • Commissioned USCGC Cahokia, June 1933, LCDR. Normand H. Leslie, USCG, in command
  • Decommissioned by the Coast Guard, date unknown
  • Transferred to the US Navy from the Coast Guard, 14 May 1936
  • Commissioned USS Cahokia (AT-61), 6 November 1936, Chief Boatswain W. C. Kasmire USN in command
  • Reclassified District Harbor Tug YT-135, 1 January 1938
  • Decommissioned, 13 April 1944
  • Reclassified District Harbor Tug, Large YTB-135 and placed in service, 13 April 1944
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 8 August 1947 for sale to Crowley Tug ^ Launch Co. San Francisco, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in 1953
    Specifications:
    Displacement 510 t.
    Length 141
    Beam 27' 7"
    Draft 10' 7"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion
    one oil-fired steam engine
    single propeller, 950shp
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    AT-61 300k Broadside view of USS Cahokia (YT-135) off Mare Island, circa 1940.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo
    Darryl Baker
    YSD-53 377k Launching of YSD 29 by YD 33 at Mare Island Navy Yard, 4 June 1941. The tug Cahokia (YTB-135) is in the background alongside YD 33.
    US Navy photos courtesy of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
    Darryl Baker
    YSD-53 407k
    AT-61 92k USS Cahokia (YT-135) aground inside the lagoon at Naval Air Station, Alameda, CA.., in February 1942. The Commander, 12th Naval District, reported the grounding to Washington on 21 February 1942 and reported on 2 June 1942 that she was to be raised approximately 4 June 1942 and delivered to the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard for an overhaul estimated to last about six weeks.
    US National Archives, RG-80-G, Photo No. 80-G-13182, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    AT-61 96k Broadside view of Cahokia (YTB-135) at Mare Island, 2 November 1945.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 6940-45.
    Darryl Baker

    USS Cahokia (AT-61 / YT-135 / YTB-135)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Leslie, Norman Henry USCG :RADMJune 1933 - 1935
    02CHBOSN. Kasmire, William C. USN6 November 1936 - 25 June 1937
    03LT. Gorski, Henry Frederick25 June 1937 - 14 June 1938
    04LTjg. Evans, Ernest Edwin14 June 1938 - 18 July 1940
    05LT. Winslow Jr., Cameron McRae18 July 1940 - 1 September 1940
    06LCDR. Gaines, Oliver Wallace1 September 1940 - March 1941
    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
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - Cahokia 1921
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