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USS Sotoyomo (ATA-121)
USS ATA-121 (1944 - 1951)
USS ATR-43 (1943 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Oscar - Golf
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

USS Sotoyomo (ATA-121) was transferred to Mexico, redesignated ARM Sotoyomo

Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug:
  • Planned and approved as Fleet Tug AT-121
  • Reclassified Rescue Tug ATR-43
  • Laid Down, 7 September 1942 at Levingston Shipbuilding Co., Orange, TX.
  • Launched, 19 October 1942
  • Commissioned, USS ATR-43, 29 May 1943
  • Reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug ATA-121, 15 May 1944
  • Decommissioned, 9 April 1946, at Astoria, OR.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group at Astoria
  • Named Sotoyomo (ATA-121), 16 July 1948
  • Recommissioned , 6 June 1951
  • Decommissioned, 1 July 1955, at Astoria, OR.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group at Astoria
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1961
  • Reinstated in the Naval Register, 6 May 1963
  • Sold to the Republic of Mexico Navy in June 1968, redesignated ARM Sotoyomo
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 835 t.(fl)
    Length 143'
    Beam 33' 10" (extreme)
    Draft 13' 2" (limiting)
    Speed 13 kts. (trial)
    5 Officers
    40 Enlisted
    Largest Boom Capacity 4 t.
    one 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 1300 Bbls
    one General Motors Diesel-electric model 12-278A
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gear
    Ship's Service Generators
    one Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 30Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 1,500shp
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    USS ATR-43 / USS Sotoyomo (ATA-121)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Schoelpple, Albert Carl, USN29 May 1943 - October 1944ATR-43
    02LTjg. Herold Jr., Harvey Theodore, USNROctober 1944 - 5 May 1945ATA-121
    03LT. Martin Jr., Verey G., USNR5 May 1945 - December 1945ATA-121
    04LT. Baldwin, Frank Edward, USNRDecember 1945 - 1 July 1946ATA-121
     Decommissioned1 July 1946 - 6 June 1951 
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

    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
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