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USS Chetco (ATA-166)
USS Chetco (AT-166) (1922 - 1937)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Mike - Foxtrot
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Built, 1919 as the civilian tug Barryton by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Co., Elizabeth, N.J. for the (USSB) United States Shipping Board
Acquired by the Moran Towing Co., In 1942, renamed Thomas E. Moran
Purchased by the Navy, 13 September 1943
Converted for Naval Service at Boland Machine Co., New Orleans, LA.
Commissioned USS Chetco (AT-166), 24 September 1943. LTjg. Ronald E. Gill, USN in command
During World War II USS Chetco was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
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|Bismarck Archipelago operation
Admiralty Island landings, 28 March to 6 April 1944
|Hollandia operation, 21 to 25 April 1944
Reclassified, Auxiliary Fleet Tug (ATA-166), 15 May 1944
Decommissioned, 14 June 1946 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA.
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
USS Chetco earned two battle stars for World War II service
Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 18 June 1945
Acquired by Moran Towing Co. in 1947, renamed Neptune
Final Disposition, involved in a collision and sank in 1948
Displacement 437 t.(lt) 1500 t.(fl)
Beam 27' 7"
Speed 12.5 kts
two single 20mm AA gun mounts
Diesel 1,245 Bbls
one Faribanks Morse Diesel electric engine
Ship's Service Generators
two Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
one Diesel-drive 40Kw 120V D.C.
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|USS Chetco (AT-166)
||Chetco (AT-166) after her commissioning by the Navy in September 1943. This tug was rebuilt with diesel electric propulsion
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-51603, a Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US
National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
|USS Chetco (ATA-166)
||Chetco (ATA-166) probably returning to San Francisco from the western Pacific in December 1945.
U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 83821, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
USS Chetco (AT-166 / ATA-166)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LTjg. Gill, Ronald Eugene, USN||24 September 1943 - 30 July 1945||AT-166 / ATA-166|
|02||ENS. Hoskinson, Elijah Palmer, USN||30 July 1945 - 14 June 1946||ATA-166|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler
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
Last Updated 15 May 2020
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