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USS Tatoosh (YAG-1)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Bravo - Mike
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Self-propelled Wooden-hulled Miscellaneous Auxiliary Service Craft:
  • Launched 27 February 1918 as the wooden-hulled cargo-passenger vessel SS Catherine D. (ON 216216), for Pacific American Fisheries Inc., at their own yard in Bellingham, WA
  • Completed November 1918
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 02 March 1941
  • Delivered to Navy at Port Winslow, Washington, 09 March 1941
  • Renamed Tatoosh (YAG-1), 10 April 1941
  • Placed in reduced commission, 25 April 1941
  • Converted to a mobile section base April-June 1941 at Puget Sound Navy Yard by ship's force
  • Placed in full commission as USS Tatoosh (YAG-1), 25 April 1941, LCDR Clifford W. Eshom D-V(G) USNR, commanding
  • USS Tatoosh was initially assigned to the 13th Naval District
  • With the creation of the 17th Naval District, 15 April 1944, USS Tatoosh was reassigned to that Naval District
  • Served as a mobile section base in Aleutian waters, stationed at Kodiak and Adak
  • Found unseaworthy due to dry rot by Board of Survey and ordered reduced to hulk, August 1944
  • Decommissioned, 01 December 1944
  • Stuck from the Naval Register, 11 December 1944
  • Final Disposition, hulk loaded with old ammunition, towed to a point 10 miles N of Adak by ATR-32 and scuttled, 29 September 1945
    Displacement 2,224 gross tons
    Length 243' 4"
    Beam 42'
    Draft 21'
    Speed unknown
    Complement 98
    four single .50-cal. machine guns
    two single .30-cal. machine guns
    two 3-cylinder triple expansion steam engines, 1000ihp
    two watertube boilers
    twin screws

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    SS Catherine D.
    Tatoosh 117k SS Catherine D. underway in Alaskan waters, date unknown. Arthur D. Baker III collection Robert Hurst, courtesy
    USS Tatoosh (YAG-1)
    Tatoosh 117k USS Tatoosh (YAG-1) moored pierside, at Kodiak, Alaska, 17 February 1943. US National Archives photo # 80-G-79596, a US Navy photo, now in the collections of the US National Archives Robert Hurst, courtesy
    Tatoosh 218k Undated photograph of the PT base at Adak Island. In the background is USS Tatoosh (YAG-1), which served as tender during the building of the base. US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # 80-G-2203314. Photo and text from "At Close Quarters: PT Boats in the United States Navy" by Captain Robert J. Bulkley, Jr. USNR (Ret.) Robert Hurst
    Tatoosh 192k USS Tatoosh (YAG-1) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Stan Svec

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Clifford Wayne Eshom, D-V(G) USNR17 June 1941 - ????
    02LT Francis Michael Diffley, D-V(G) USNR(March 1943)
    03LT Gilbert Montgomery, D-V(S) USNR(September 1944)

    USS Tatoosh (YAG-1)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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