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USS Allegheny (ATO-19)
USS Allegheny (AT-19) (1920 - 1944)
USS Allegheny (Fleet Tug No. 19) (1918 - 1920)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Charlie - Zulu
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - World War I Victory Medal
Bottom Row - American Defense Service Medal - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Allegheny Class Fleet Tug:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as Huron by American Shipbuilding Company, Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Renamed Allegheny, 1 September 1917
  • Launched, 18 October 1917
  • Delivered to the Navy, 5 December 1917
  • Commissioned USS Allegheny, 18 May 1918 at Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, LT. August Wohltman USN in command
  • Reclassified Fleet Tug (AT-19), 17 July 1920
  • Sunk, 5 July 1922, after being struck and holed by USS Orion (AC-11)
  • Raised, 22 July 1922
  • Returned to active service in November 1922
  • Reassigned to Philadelphia Navy Yard in 1932
  • Decommissioned, 4 June 1932, at Philadelphia
  • Recommissioned, 10 January 1934, ChBOSN. Joseph K. Konieczny USN in command
  • Reclassified, Fleet Tug, Old (ATO-19), 15 May 1944
  • Decommissioned, 10 July 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 September 1946
  • Custody transferred to Maritime Commission, 18 February 1947
  • Sold, 18 February 1947 to Charles Lee S. I. New York, for $5,050.12, removed 10 March 1947
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 795 t.(lt) 1,111 t.(fl)
    Length 156' 5"
    Beam 36' 6"
    Draft 15'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 56
    Largest Boom Capacity 5 t.
    two single 3" guns
    two machine guns
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 1,800 bbls
    one American Engineering vertical triple expansion steam engine
    two Scotch single end boiler, 200psi Sat°
    two turbo-drive 25kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,800 shp

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    Allegheny 90k USS Allegheny (Fleet Tug #19) moored at American Shipbuilding Co., Buffalo, N.Y., 19 November 1917.
    US Navy photo # NR&L(M) 40294, from DANFS.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN
    Allegheny 096401903 169k USS Allegheny (AT-19), circa 1921, probably at Pensacola; note awnings shading the deckhouse just forward of the stack and over the fantail, also the bedding airing amidships, and the workmen engaged in making repairs to the ships damaged bow.
    US Navy photo # NH 57792.
    David Wright
    Allegheny 123k USS Allegheny (AT-19) serving as station tug at Pensacola, FL. in 1922. Her mainmast is missing and the single 3"/50 gun that she briefly carried in 1921-1922 is visible on the starboard side of her forecastle. She was sunk by a screw propeller of the collier USS Orion (AC-11) at Pensacola on 5 July 1922 but was raised later in the month and remained at Pensacola until 1932, when she was reassigned to Philadelphia Navy Yard.
    US National Archives, RG-19-N box 57, Photo # 19-N-8279 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    104k Divers working from YSD-2 work to raise USS Allegheny (AT-19) in 1922. The tug had been holed and sunk after being struck by the propeller of the collier USS Orion (AC-11). The ships are at Naval Air Station; Pensacola, FL. Note the two Eagle class patrol boats moored in the background and YSD-1 assisting in the refloating of the tug.
    US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, photo #'s 1989.119.001.030, and 1989.119.001.017 as part of a post-WW1 photograph album of NAS Pensacola.
    Mike Green
    217k USS Laramie (AO-16) and Seaplane Wrecking Derrick No. 1, YSD-1 and USS Allegheny (AT-19), moored at NAS Pensacola, January 1922.
    West Florida History Center, UWF Libraries. ID uwfnam_NAS_1921-1922_c.a.1922-1925_collieratpier302(2) (IID)
    David Upton
    Allegheny 96k USS Allegheny (AT-19) approaching Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola in 1924 with a TS aircraft aboard.
    US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1989.119.001.026
    Mike Green
    219k USS Allegheny (AT-19) moored pierside, probably at Pensacola, circa 1929 David Wright
    Allegheny 183k USS Allegheny (AT-19) underway, 31 January 1931
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-1017235, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Joe Radigan MACM USN
    53k USS Allegheny (AT-19) moored pierside at Philadelphia Navy Yard, circa 1930s.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 83834
    David Wright
    Allegheny 180k USS Allegheny (AT-19) underway, date and location unknown.
    USN Navy photo
    Jim Kurrasch Battleship Iowa Pacific Battleship Center
    85k USS Allegheny (AT-19) bell David Wright

    USS Allegheny (AT-19 / ATO-19)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Wohltman, August, USN18 May 1918 - 5 December 1918
    02LT O'Connor, William Emanuel, USN5 December 1919 - 1919
    03LTjg. Burgess, Frank Linjo, USN1919 - 18 September 1920
    04LT. Larsen, Albion Oscar, USNRF18 September 1920 - 5 July 1922 Sunk in collision with AC-11
    05CHBOSN. Derrington, William, USN20 August 1924 - 15 July 1926
    06CHBOSN. Anderson, John Henry, USN15 July 1926 - 12 November 1930
    07LT. Travis, William Leo, USN12 November 1930 - 4 June 1932
     Decommissioned4 June 1932 - 10 January 1934
    08CHBOSN. Konieczny, Joseph Kasper, USN10 January 1934 - 1 June 1935
    09LTjg. Patterson, Ralph Edward, USN (USNA 1926)1 June 1935 - 11 June 1937
    10LT. Abrams, Ernest Valentine, USN11 June 1937 - August 1941
    11LCDR. Nelson, Mauritz Martin, USNAugust 1941 - 15 April 1942
    12ENS. Purcell, Raymond Frank, USN15 April 1942 - 21 May 1944
    13LT. Preston, Henry A., USNR21 May 1944 - 5 August 1944
    14LT. Kern, Dale Allen, USNR5 August 1944 - 30 September 1945
    15LT. Gordon, Hubert Francis, USNR30 September 1945 - 31 December 1945
    16LT. Vittek, Albert William, USN31 December 1945 - 10 July 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Russ Moody

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

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