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USS ATR-97 (1943 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Kilo - Zulu
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (2) World War II Victory Medal

Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug
  • Planned and approved as Fleet Tug AT-170
  • Laid down, 9 April 1943, as Rescue Ocean Tug ATR-97 at Gulfport Boiler & Welding, Port Arthur, TX.
  • Launched, 21 August 1943
  • Commissioned USS ATR-97, 7 December 1943, LT. Walter C. Beatie Jr., USNR in command
  • Reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug ATA-170, 15 May 1944
  • During World War II USS ATA-170 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle-East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944 Invasion of Southern France, 15 August to 25 September 1944

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS ATA-170 earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Sold in 1947 to the government of Greece, renamed Leon
  • Final Disposition, broken up at Kynosoura, Greece in 1990
    Displacement 835 t.(lt) 1,360 t.(fl)
    Length 143'
    Beam 33' 10"
    Draft 13' 2" (limiting)
    Speed 12 kts.
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Largest Boom Capacity 4 t.
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 40
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 1,200 Bbls
    two GM 12-278A Diesel-electric engines
    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, 1,200shp

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    ATA-170 163k USS ATR-97 under way near Norfolk, VA., 11 March 1944. Photo was taken by a blimp stationed at Weeksville, N.C.
    US National Archives, RG-80-G, photo #. 80-G-222590 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green

    There is no DANFS history available for USS ATR-97 / USS ATA-170 at NavSource
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Beatie Jr., Walter Clarence, USNR7 December 1943 - ?ATR-97 / ATA-170
    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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    Last Updated 15 May 2020