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USS Kewaydin (ATO-24)
USS Kewaydin (AT-24) (1920 - 1944)
USS Kewaydin (Fleet Tug # 24) (1919 - 1920)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Medal
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1)- World War II Victory Medal

Bagaduce Class Fleet Tug:
  • Laid down, 23 August 1918, at Ferguson Steel & Iron Co., Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Launched, 25 June1919
  • Commissioned USS Kewaydin (Fleet Tug No. 24), 4 November 1919, LT. M. A. McDuffied, in command.
  • Redesignated Fleet Tug (AT-24), 17 July 1920
  • Reclassified, Fleet Tug Old, (ATO-24), 14 May 1944
  • During World War II USS Kewaydin (ATO-24) was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
  • Decommissioned, 10 December 1945, at San Diego, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 January 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Sold 23 December 1945 to Bay Cities Transportation Co., San Francisco, CA.
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS Kewaydin earned one battle star for World War II service
    Displacement 751 t.(lt) 1,192 t.(fl)
    Length 156' 8"
    Beam 30'
    Draft 15' 8"
    Speed 12.8 kts.
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 56
    Largest Boom Capacity 5 t.
    Armament two machine guns
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 1,830 Bbls
    one Ferguson Steel & Iron Co. vertical triple-expansion steam engine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 22psi Sat°
    two Diesel-drive 25Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,800shp

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    Kewaydin 114k USS Kewaydin (AT-24) with other ships at Pier 7, Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, VA, 19 October 1937. Ships present include: USS Yorktown (CV-5) far side of pier, USS Texas (BB-35) and destroyers USS Decatur (DD-341), and USS Jacob Jones (DD-130). Note automobiles parked in the foreground.
    US National Archives photo # 80-CF-2115-11 a US Navy photo from now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center
    Kewaydin 104k USS Kewaydin (AT-24) with a target sled in tow, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from DANFS
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Kewaydin 150k USS Kewaydin (AT-24) near the Norfolk Navy Yard, 17 November 1941. The early wartime modifications to most of this class included removing the heavy foremast from in front of the pilot house and stepping a much lighter mast behind it.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-25935 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green

    USS Kewaydin (AT-24 / ATO-24)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. McDuffied, M. A.4 November 1919 - ?
    02LT. Swafford, Chester Arthur, USN31 January 1939 - 31 March 1940
    03LT. de Rivera, Horace Leland, USN31 March 1940 - 22 September 1942
    04LT. Lemon, Frank Hill, USN22 September 1942 - 17 June 1943
    05LTjg. Perry, Gilbert Emerson, USN17 June 1943 - 30 August 1944
    06LTjg. Loebman, Walter Ewald, USNR30 August 1944 - 20 May 1945
    07LTjg. Breen, Jr., Dennis MIchael, USNR20 May 1945 - 30 September 1945
    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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    Last Updated 13 December 2013