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USS Tate (AKA-70)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - India - Juliet
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal
Tolland Class Attack Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 22 July 1944, as a Maritime Commission hull (C2-S-AJ3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1396), at North Carolina Shipbuilding Corp, Wilmington, N.C.
Launched, 26 September 1944
Acquired by the US Navy, 3 November 1944
Commissioned USS Tate (AKA-70), 25 November 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C., LCDR. Wayne Jordan, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Tate was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Nineteen, COMO C.D. Edgar USN (12);
TransDiv Fifty-Six, CAPT. G.F. Galpin USN (21) and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto (Kerama Retto - Aka Shima, Kuba Shima, Yakabi Shima, Zamami Shima, le Shima), 25 March to 22 April 1945
Following World War II USS Tate was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|2 September to 1 October 1945||19 to 23 November 1945
|24 to 25 November 1945||
Decommissioned, 10 July 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 13 July 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1946
USS Tate earned one battle star for World War II service
Sold, 12 November 1947, to Luckenbach Steamship Co., NY, renamed SS Julia Luckenbach
Resold to States Marine Lines, 19 October 1959, renamed SS Bay State
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 12 November 1970, to Li Chong Steel and Iron Works, Co. Ltd., Taiwan
Displacement 8,635 t.(lt) 13,910 t.(fl), 14,160 (lim)
Length 459' 2"
Draft 26' 4"
Speed 16.5 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 35 t.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
sixteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
Cargo Capacity 5,275DWT
non-refrigerated 380,000 Cu ft.
NSFO 10,425 Bbls
Diesel 805 Bbls
one General Electric geared turbine
two Foster and Wheeler header-type boilers, 450psi 750°
double General Electric Main Reduction Gear
three Ship's Service Generators 300Kw, 120V/240V D.C.
single propeller, 6,000shp
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USS Suffolk (AKA-69)
| Merchant Service
||Ex-USS Tate (AKA-70) in Merchant service as the States Marine Lines SS Bay State moored pierside at Bremerhaven, Germany in June, 1967.
||Photo Gerhard Mueller-Debus
USS Tate (AKA-70)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Jordan, William, USNR||25 November 1944 - 16 December 1944|
|02||CDR. Lyon, Rupert E.||16 December 1944 - December 1945|
|02||LCDR. Morthland, Andrew||December 1945 - 10 July 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
MARAD Vessel History Database
USS Tate (AKA-70) War Diary / History and Action Reports November 1944 to November 1945
Bangor Public Library - Digital Commons - War-Time log of the USS Tate (AKA-70)
Last Updated 1 March 2019
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