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USS ATR-44 (1943 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Xray - 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
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS ATA-122 was transferred to Chile and named Lautaro (PP-62) resold to Uruguay and renamed ROU San Jose
Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug:
  • Planned and approved as Fleet Tug AT-122
  • Reclassified Rescue Tug ATR-44
  • Laid Down, 19 October 1942, at Levingston Shipbuilding Co., Orange, TX.
  • Launched, 17 November 1942
  • Commissioned, USS ATR-44, 10 June 1943, LT. Milton L. Wright, USN in command
  • Reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug ATA-122, 15 May 1944
  • During World War II USS ATA-122 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign;

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 10 to 28 May 1945

  • Following World War II USS ATA-122 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    12 to 21 October 1945 
    26 October 1945 to 26 March 194626 October 1945 to 26 March 1946
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS ATA-122 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Transferred to Chile, 19 September 1947, named Lautaro (PP-62)
  • Struck from the Chilean Navy in 1991
  • Sold to Uruguay in 1992 and renamed ROU San Jose
  • 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. Armament one 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    one General Motors Diesel-electric model 12-278A
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gear
    Ship's service generators
    one Diesel-drive 60 Kw, 120V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 30Kw, 120V D. C.
    single propeller
    Fuel Capacity, 1300 Bbls Diesel oil

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    USS ATA-122
    ATA-122 84k USS ATA-122, USS De Haven (DD-727) and USS Mansfield (DD-728) are about to undock in Dry Dock # 3 at Naval Shipyard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 27 October 1947 - Navy Day Exhibit. Television Camera at Dry Dock #3. Mansfield is to the left of De Haven and behind ATA-122.
    US Naval Ship Yard Mare Island photo #2055-47
    Darryl Baker
    Lautaro (PP-62)
    ATA-122 15k Ex-USS ATA-122 underway in Chilean service, as Lautaro (PP-62), date and location unknown Armada De Chile web site.
    ATA-122 49k Lautaro (PP-62), date and location unknown. Patricio Villalobos Captain (R) Chilean Navy
    ATA-122 50k Lautaro (PP-62) underway, circa 1956, location unknown.
    Official Chilean Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    ATA-122 74k Lautaro (PP-62) underway, circa 1969, location unknown.
    Official Chilean Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst

    There is no history available for USS ATR-44 / USS ATA-122 at NavSource
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Wright, Milton Luther, USN10 May 1943 - 1 April 1945ATR-44/ATA-122
    02LT. Hunter, Robert L., USNR1 April 1945 - 26 June 1945ATA-122
    03LT. McGraw, Willie D., USNR26 June 1945 - ?ATA-122
    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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