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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 as the steam tug C. G. Coyle (ON 3556) for W.G. Coyle, New Orleans, LA, 1892
Purchased by the Navy for $82,500, 19 April 1898
Commissioned USS Choctaw, 19 April 1898, LT(jg) Walter O. Hulme commanding
Decommissioned, 26 August 1898, at the Pensacola Navy Yard
Recommissioned, 15 June 1899
Decommissioned, 15 July 1902, at Norfolk Navy Yard
Re-actived and placed in service in 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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||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 Heitage 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 17 June 2016
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