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USS Sonoma (ATA-175)
USS ATA-175 (1944 - 1948)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Papa - Delta
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 - Philippines Liberation Medal

Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug:
  • Planned and approved as Fleet Tug AT-175
  • Reclassified Rescue Tug ATR-102
  • Laid Down, 9 December 1943 at Levingston Shipbuilding Co., Orange, TX.
  • Launched, 29 January 1944
  • Reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug ATA-175, 13 April 1944
  • Commissioned, USS ATA-175, 3 August 1944, LTjg. Harry R. Henkens, USN in command
  • During World War II USS ATA-175 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 8 November 1946, at Astoria, OR.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group at Astoria
  • Named Sonoma (ATA-175), 16 July 1948
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1962
  • Reacquired by the Navy, 18 June 1971 for tow to Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, turned over to the Maritime Administration and laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay
  • Merchant Service
  • Acquired by Erato Shipping & Trading Corp. S.A., Panama, 13 April 1976 (John S.Latsis, Piraeus, Greece) renamed Deka Epta Owner name change to Maritime & Commercial Co. Argonaftis S.A., Panama, 1977 Sold for scrapping in 1989
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1989 unknown
    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 5 t.
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 40
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 1,200 Bbls
    two GM 12-278A Diesel-electric engines
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gear
    Ship's Service Generators
    one 60Kw 120V. D.C.
    single propeller, 1,200shp

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    USS Sonoma (ATA-175)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Henkens, Harry Raymond, USN3 August 1944 - 15 September 1945
    02LT. Harold Jr., Harvey Theodore, USNR15 September 1945 - 5 February 1946
    03LT. Byerly, Lester Shepherd, USN5 February 1946 - 8 November 1946
    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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