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USS Algorma (ATO-34)
USS Algorma (AT-34) (1920 - 1944)
USS Algorma (Fleet Tug #34) (1920)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Victor - Papa
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Algorma Class Fleet Tug:
  • Laid down, 6 January 1919, at Staten Island Shipbuilding Co., Port Richmond, N.Y.
  • Launched, 12 June 1919
  • Commissioned USS Algorma (Fleet Tug No. 34), 15 May 1920, at New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N.Y., LT. Henry C. Brown, USN, in command
  • Designated (AT-34), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 3 May 1922, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Recommissioned, 28 September 1924, at Mare Island, LT. Frank Schultz in command
  • During World War II USS Algorma was assigned to both the Europe-Africa-Middle East and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters and participated in the following campaign;

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944

  • Reclassified Fleet Tug Old (ATO-34), 15 May 1944
  • Decommissioned, 18 June 1946, at NavSta Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 July 1946
  • USS Algorma earned one battle star for her World War II service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 14 January 1947 for disposal
  • Sold by the Maritime Commission, 23 December 1946, Crowley Marine, at Treasure Island, for $5,077.00, Removed, 14 January 1947
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 998 t.(lt)
    Length 157' 8"
    Beam 34' 8"
    Draft 14' 7"
    Speed 12.8 kts. (trial)
    5 Officers
    56 enlisted
    Largest Boom Capacity 5 t.
    Armament one machine gun
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 2,050 Bbls
    one Globe Iron Works vertical triple-expansion steam engine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers 200psi Sat°
    two turbo-drive 25Kw 120V. D.C. Ship's service generators
    single propeller, 1,800shp

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    USS Algorma (AT-34)
    Algorma 52k USS Algorma (AT-34) under way while dressed with flags, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Pinola 278k Left to right: USS Pinola (AT-33) USS Algorma (AT-34) and USS Dreadnaught (YT-34) laid up in reserve at Mare Island Navy Yard, 11 April 1923.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo MINSY 4487-4-23 from the files of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    Darryl Baker
    Algorma 304k The decommissioned USS Algorma (AT-34) is to the left and the stern and stack of USS Undaunted (AT-58) is in the middle of the photo, 28 August 1924.
    Photo from the files of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum.
    Darryl Baker
    Algorma 193k Typed letter on USS Algorma (AT-34) letterhead listing the names of the crew members that donated money to buy a wreath for the deceased mother of crew member James E. Gholson SC3/c. Note that Mr Gholson wrote beside each contributors name his rank or duties. Courtesy James and John Gholson for there father James E. Gholson SC3/c USN USS Algorma
    Algorma 27k Two crew members of USS Algorma (AT-34) circa 1927. Seated is probably Mess Attendant Pablo the other sailor is unidentified. Courtesy James and John Gholson for there father James E. Gholson SC3/c USN USS Algorma
    Algorma 52k USS Algorma (AT-34) under way off Norfolk Navy Yard, 13 November 1942. Camouflage is Measure 22.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-37294, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    USS Algorma (ATO-34)
    Algorma 42k USS Algorma (ATO-34) providing tug service to an unidentified aircraft carrier, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Algorma 133k USS Algorma (ATO-34) at the Norfolk Navy Yard, 4 June 1945, just before proceeding to the Pacific for her final tour of duty. The starboard hull bulge, one of two that she and others of the class received in late 1941 to improve stability, is conspicuous in this view, extending from under the bridge to abaft the mainmast.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # Unknown, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Algorma 202k USS Algorma (ATO-34) under way in San Francisco Bay, CA., 29 April 1946.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 77404, Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, Corte Madera, California, 1973.
    Mike Green

    USS Algorma (ATO-34)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Brown, Henry Carlop, USN15 May 1920 - 11 July 1921
    02LT. Warwick, Arthur Daniel11 July 1921 - 22 January 1922
    03LT. Schultz, Frank, USN22 January 1922 - 3 May 1922
     Decommissioned3 May 1922 - 28 September 1924
    04LT. Schultz, Frank, USN28 September 1924 - 21 May 1926
    05LT. Shade, Simon Luther21 May 1926 - 28 December 1927
    06LT. MacGregor, Malcolm28 December 1927 - 18 August 1929
    07LT. Lobrano, William Mathews, USN18 August 1929 - 1931
    08LT. Gingrich, John Edward USN (USNA 1920) :VADM23 June 1932 - 2 April 1934
    09LT. Sturge, Russell Guresbeck, USN2 April 1934 - 6 June 1937
    10LCDR. Richards, Alfred Humphreys :RADM, USN6 June 1937 - 12 June 1937
    11LT. Allen, Robert Addison12 June 1937 - 11 June 1938
    12LCDR. Williams, Roy Dean, USN11 June 1938 - 12 May 1942
    13LTjg. Lawson, Jacob Frank, USN12 May 1942 - 5 September 1942
    14ENS. Selfridge, Harry Krick, USN5 September 1942 - 16 October 1942
    15LTjg. Whelpley, Robert Marshall, USN16 October 1942 - May 1945
    16LTjg. Barnet, Robert, USNR1 July 1945 -31 January 1946
    17LT. Perdue, Hubert Latham, USNR31 January 1946 - 18 June 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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