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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 Service Medal (with bronze star in lieu of 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. Grove 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
USS Keosanqua earned one battle star for World War II service.
Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 11 July 1947 and sold the same day to Puget Sound Tug & Barge Co.
Resold in 1948 to Pacific Coyle Navigation Co., Vancouver B.C., renamed Edward J. Coyle
Renamed Commodore Strait in 1960
Final Disposition, scrapped in 1968
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, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
USS Keosanqua (AT-38 / ATO-38)
Dictionary of American Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LTjg. Coulson, Grove Flomoy, USN||9 December 1920 - 11 January 1921|
|02||CHBOSN. Carpenter, William Charles||11 January 1921 - 8 June 1922|
| ||Decommissioned||8 June 1922 - 1 July 1934|
|03||LTjg. Parish, Herman Oliff (Hop), USN||1 July 1934 - 26 July 1935|
|04||LT. Craven, Thomas, USN :RADM||26 July 1935 - 5 September 1936 |
|04||LT. Ayers, Truman Earl||5 September 1936 - 1 June 1939|
|05||LCDR. Boltz, Philip M.||June 1939 - 1942|
|06||LT. Neault, Norman George, USNR||12 December 1942 - 7 September 1944|
|07||LTjg. Donovan, Frederick James, USNR||7 September 1944 - 1 April 1945|
|08||LT. Tidd, Ira Milton, USN||1 April 1945 - 8 May 1946|
|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 17 April 2020
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