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USS Cahokia (ATA-186)
USS ATA-186 (1944 - 1948)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal

USS Cahokia (ATA-186) was transferred to Taiwan renamed ROCS Ta Teng (ATA-367)
Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug:
  • Laid down, 16 August 1944, as the Ocean Rescue Tug ATR-113 at Levingston Shipbuilding Co., Orange, TX.
  • Reclassified as Auxiliary Fleet Tug ATA-186, 15 May 1944
  • Launched, 18 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS ATA-186, 24 November 1944, LT. John T. Dillon, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS ATA-186 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS ATA-186 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    8 September 1945 to 4 May 19468 September 1945 to 4 May 1946

  • Named USS Cahokia (ATA-186), 16 July 1948
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 April 1976
  • Sold to Taiwan under the Security Assistance Program, 1 May 1976, renamed ROCS Ta Teng (ATA-367), redesignated (ATA-550) date unknown
  • Final Disposition, discarded by Taiwan, date 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
    two 60Kw 120V. D.C.
    single propeller, 1,200shp

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    USS ATA-186
    LSM-250 184k USS ATA-186 inboard of USS LSM 250 at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, circa 14 June to 31 August 1946. Other ships in the picture are USS Fremont (APA 44) on the left, USS Glynn (APA 239) forward of USS LSM 250.
    US Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 3030-46, dated 22 August 1946
    Darryl Baker
    USS Cahokia (ATA-186)
    Cahokia 55k USS Cahokia (ATA-186) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, February 1966.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Cahokia 70k USS Cahokia (ATA-186) steams alongside USS Hancock (CVA-19) as the carrier heads down San Francisco Bay towards her homeport of NAS Alameda. Hancock was returning from a deployment to Vietnam.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, January 1967
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    ROCS Ta Teng (A-550)
    Cahokia 57k Ex USS Cahokia (ATA-186) in Taiwanese Naval service as ROCS Ta Teng (A-550) underway full dress ship and firing water cannons, date and place unknown. Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.

    USS Cahokia (ATA-186)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Dillon, John Thomas, USNR24 November 1944 - 10 December 1945
    02ENS. Baugh, Billy Gene, USNR10 December 1945 - 18 May 1946
    03LTjg. Sheridan, William John, USNR18 May 1946 - 21 June 1947
    04LCDR. Davis, Duane Leslie, USN21 June 1947 - 1 October 1948
    05LT. Keel, Charles Haskett, USN1 October 1948 - ?
    06LT. Zwolinski, Frank John USN 27 May 1954 to 22 June 1956
    07LTjg. Knapp, William Robert, USN 22 June 1956 to January 1958
    08LT. Rogers, Robert Burnett, USN (USNA 1954) :RADMJanuary 1958 - June 1959
    09LT. Humphrey, Griffith Lee, USNJune 1959 - 29 July 1960
    10LTjg. Thorpe, Paul Joseph, USN29 July /1960 - 1962
    11LT. Shelton, James Weber, USN1964 - 19 February 1966
    12LT. St. Laurent, Charles Momfred, USN (USNA 1961)19 February 1966 - 1967
    13LT. Smith, Austin Eugene, USN1967 - 22 October 1969
    14LT. Kinsley, Dudley (Dick), USN22 October 1969 - 1971
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    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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