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Choctaw (1898 - 1918)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
World War I Victory Medal - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp)
Iron-hulled Steam Tug:
Built by Neafie and Levy, Philadelphia, PA
Completed for W.G. Coyle, New Orleans, LA as the steam tug C. G. Coyle (ON 3556), 1892
Purchased by the Navy for $82,500, 19 April 1898
Commissioned USS Choctaw, 19 April 1898, LT(jg) Walter O. Hulme commanding
Decommissioned at Pensacola Navy Yard, 26 August 1898
Recommissioned, 15 June 1899
Decommissioned at Norfolk Navy Yard, 15 July 1902
Re-actived and placed in service, 1904
Renamed Wicomico, 20 February 1918
Designated District Harbor Tug (YT-26), 17 July 1920
Sunk in collision with Goff (DD-247) at Naval Operating Base Norfolk, 15 February 1940
Struck from the Naval Register, 27 February 1940
Final Disposition, salvaged and subsequently scrapped
Displacement 152 tons displacement
Length 91' 5"
Speed 10 kts.
Complement 2 officers, 22 enlisted 
Armament one 3-pdr., one 1-pdr.
Propulsion steam, compound, 188ihp, single screw
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||In civilian service as C.G. Coyle, 1898. Probably taken soon after acquisition by the Navy.
Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 55160
||Choctaw moored pierside in 1898, following conversion for U.S. Navy service. Note searchlight atop her pilothouse. This tug was renamed Wicomico in 1918.
Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 55161
View the Choctaw / Wicomico (YT-26)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command website
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
No Information Available
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
Last Updated 23 February 2019
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