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USS Keosanqua (ATO-38)
USS Keosanqua (AT-38) (1920 - 1944)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Xray - Charlie
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (Pearl Harbor) - American Defense Medal (with Fleet clasp)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Allegheny Class Fleet Tug:
Laid down at Staten Island Shipbuilding Co., Port Richmond, N.Y.
Launched, 26 February 1920
Commissioned USS Keosanqua (AT-38), 9 December 1920, at New York Navy Yard, LTjg. G. F. Coulson, USN, in command
Decommissioned and laid up in reserve at Pearl Harbor, 8 June 1922
Recommissioned, 1 July 1934, at Pearl Harbor, LTjg. H. O. Parish, USN, in command
During World War II USS Keosanqua was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Pearl Harbor - Midway operation, 7 December 1941
Reclassified Fleet Tug Old (ATO-38), 15 May 1944
Decommissioned, 6 May 1946, at Seattle, WA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 7 February 1947
Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 11 July 1947
Sold in 1948 to Pacific Coyle Navigation, Vancouver, B.C., renamed Edward J. Coyle
Renamed Commodore Strait in 1960
USS Keosanqua earned one battle star for World War II service.
Displacement 795 t.(lt) 1,111 t.(fl)
Length 156' 5"
Beam 36' 6"
Speed 12 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 5 t.
two single 3" guns
two machine guns
NSFO 1,800 bbls
one Staten Island Shipbuilding Co. 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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|USS Keosanqua (AT-38)
||USS Keosanqua (AT-38) underway, circa 1930s at Pearl Harbor, T.H.
||Submitted by Craig Rothhammer to National
Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
||Ex-USS Keosanqua (AT-38) in merchant service as the Pacific Coyle Navigation Co. tug Edward J. Coyle underway, date and place unknown.
||Patricia (Coyle) McDonough
||Pen and ink drawing of ex-Keosanqua (AT-38) in merchant service as the Pacific Coyle Navigation Co. tug Edward J. Coyle underway, date unknown.
||Patricia (Coyle) McDonough
||Ex-Keosanqua (AT-38) in Canadian waters, circa 1848-1960. This tug escaped the postwar scrappers and served under the Canadian flag as Edward J. Coyle into 1960.
US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 89195
USS Keosanqua (AT-38 / ATO-38)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LTjg. Coulson, G. F., USN||09.12.1920 - 08.06.1922|
| ||Decommissioned||08.06.1922 - 01.07.1934|
|02||LTjg. Parish, H. O., USN||01.07.1934 - ?|
|03||LT. Craven, Thomas, USN||1936|
|04||LT. Ayers, Truman Earl||1938 - June 1939|
|05||LCDR. Boltz, Philip M.||June 1939 - April 1942|
|06||LT. Neault, Nourm George, USNR||November 1943 - 7 September 1944|
|07||LTjg. Donovan, Fredereick James, USNR||7 September 1944 - 1 April 1945|
|08||LT. Tidd, Ira Milton, USN||1 April 1945 - 31 December 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
Last Updated 3 January 2014
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|