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USS Iuka (ATO-37)
USS Iuka (AT-37) (1920 - 1944)

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

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Defense Medal (with Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Bagaduce Class Fleet Tug:
  • Laid down, 6 February 1919, at Staten Island Shipbuilding Co., Port Richmond, N.Y.
  • Launched, 12 January 1920 Commissioned USS Iuka (AT-37), 29 October 1920, LT. Harry F. Quandt, USN, in command
  • Decommissioned, 20 July 1932, at New York, N.Y., laid up in reserve
  • Recommissioned, 23 November 1940, at Philadelphia, PA.
  • Reclassified Fleet Tug Old (ATO-37), 15 May 1944
  • Decommissioned, 15 August 1946, and placed in service
  • Placed out of service, 15 April 1947, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 22 May 1947
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Sold, 18 December 1947, at Los Angeles, CA. to Pan American Steamship Corp, of New York City, N.Y., for $7,576.00
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 751 t.(lt) 1,125 t.(lim)
    Length 156' 8"
    Beam 34' 10"
    Draft 15' 4"
    Speed 12.8 kts (trial)
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 56
    Largest Boom Capacity 5 t.
    Armament one machine gun
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 1,835 bbls
    one Staten Island Shipbuilding vertical triple-expansion steam engine
    two Scotch single ended cylinder boilers, 200psi, sat.
    one turbo-drive 25Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generator
    single propeller, 1,800shp

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    Iuka 190k USS Iuka (AT-37) at anchor, circa 1920s, location unknown. Note man over the side painting the hull.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # 53285
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Iuka 206k USS Iuka (AT-37) in Berth 5, Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA., 15 November 1941, undergoing an availability. The Presidential Yacht USS Potomac (AG-25) is moored alongside to starboard. Note presidential seal on bridge front. USS SC-437 appears in far background. Note bow fender.
    US National Archives, Photo No. 19-N-26090, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Mike Green
    Iuka 322k USS Iuka (AT-37) undergoing an availability in Berth 5, Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA., 15 November 1941. Moored outboard are the Presidential Yacht USS Potomac (AG-25) and USS Calypso (AG-35) the escort forPotomac Two covered lighters are visible in the background; upper right background, barely visible, is a British aircraft carrier, probably HMS Illustrious (87).
    US National Archives, Photo # 19-N-26088, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Mike Green
    Iuka 56k USS Iuka (ATO-37) setting and retrieving targets for 3rd Fleet aircraft bombing practice off Mexican coast, date unknown. Submitted by Bob Roy to the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Kalmia 211k Aerial view of Naval Operating Base, Portland, Maine waterfront, circa 1944-45, with the State Street pier in the right center and the Grand Trunk pier to the left. Tugs in the upper right center are USS Iuka (ATO-37) and USS Kalmia (ATO-23).
    US Navy photo # NH 84668from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command, collection of Donald M. Mcpherson, 1976.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Iuka (AT-37 / ATO-37)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Quandt, Harry F., USN29 October 1920 - 19 July 1921
    02CHBOSN. Kelly, Philip Joseph19 July 1921 - 18 September 1923
    03CHBOSN. Ott, Wildon Augustus18 September 1923 - 10 October 1925
    04CHBOSN. Augustine, George Oscar10 October 1925 - 16 December 1926
    05CHBOSN. Weber Jr., John, (OinC)16 December 1926 - 30 August 1927
    06CHBOSN. Bresnehan, Michael John30 August 1927 - 21 July 1928
    07CHBOSN. Frommer, Louis21 July 1928 - 9 June 1929
    08CHBOSN. Wolffe, Murray9 June 1929 - 15 December 1940
    09LT.Rokes, Burton Emery15 December 1930 - 20 July 1932
     Decommissioned20 July 1932 - 23 November 1940
    03LT. Buck, Robert Reade, USN23 November 1940 - May 1942
    04LCDR. Arthur, Robert, USNR10 June 1942 - September 1942
    05LCDR. Christianson, Frederick Rasmussen, USNR4 September 1942 - July 1945
    06LT. Blanco, Ralph, USN20 July 1945 - 1 September 1946
    06LT. Darrah, Frank1 September 1946 - 15 April 1947
    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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