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USS ATR-46 (1943 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Delta - Alpha

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

USS ATA-124 was transferred to Argentina and renamed ARA Diaguita (A-5)

Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug:
  • Planned and approved as Fleet Tug AT-124
  • Reclassified Rescue Tug ATR-46
  • Laid Down, 27 November 1942, at Levingston Shipbuilding Co., Orange, TX.
  • Launched, 29 January 1943
  • Commissioned, USS ATR-46, 24 July 1943, LTjg. Robert K. Thurman, USNR in command
  • Reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug ATA-124, 15 May 1944
  • During World War II USS ATA-124 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, 16 to 25 June 1945

  • USS ATA-124 was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.8.1 Service Group - Repair and Service Unit for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
  • Decommissioned, 6 May 1947, and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet at San Pedro, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register in September 1947
  • USS ATA-124 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Transferred under terms of the Security Assistance Act to Argentina, in 1947 and renamed ARA Diaguita (A-5)
  • Sold in 1979 to S.A.Para el Desarrollo de la Technologia Acuatica (SATECNA), Buenos Aires, renamed Satecna VI
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 13 June 1979
    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
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 1,300 Bbls
    one General Motors Diesel-electric model 12-278A
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gears Ship's Service Generators
    one Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 30Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller

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    ARA-227 23k Ex-USS ATA-124 in Argentine Naval service as ARA Diaguita (A-5), moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    Official Argentina Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst

    There is no history available for USS ATR-46 / USS ATA-124 at NavSource
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Thurman, Robert Kenneth, USNR24 July 1943 - 1944ATR-46 / ATA-124
    02LT. McRaith, James F., USNR1944 - September 1945ATA-124
    03LTjg. Cooke, H.C., USNRSeptember 1945 - December 1945ATA-124
    04LTjg. LaPierre, Franklin Harry, USNDecember 1945 - 19 June 1946ATA-124
    05LT. Havens, Woodrow Wilson, USN19 June 1946 - 6 May 1947ATA-124
    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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