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USS Penobscot (ATA-188)
USS ATA-188 (1944 - 1948)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Oscar - Sierra
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 - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal

Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug:
  • Laid down, 11 September 1944, as Rescue Ocean Tug (ATR-115) at Levingston Shipbuilding Co., Orange, TX.
  • Reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug (ATA-188), 15 May 1944
  • Launched, 12 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS ATA-188, 14 December 1944, LTjg. Ferdinand C. Thompson, USN in command
  • During World War II USS ATA-188 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 28 May 1945

  • Following World War II USS ATA-188 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 September 1945 to 29 June 19462 September 1945 to 29 June 1946

  • Named, USS Penobscot (ATA-188), 16 July 1948
  • Decommissioned in 1971
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 February 1975
  • USS ATA-188 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Sold, by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) to American Offshore Inc. ,St. Louis (Sources: NVR and Tugs of the World 1994/1995 page 20)
  • Renamed American Patriot, International Radio Call Sign (WTE8457)
  • Currently registered since 2008 as American Lady, homeported at New Orleans, LA.
  • Final Disposition, fate 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
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gear
    two GM 12-278A Diesel-electric engines
    Ship's Service Generators
    two 60Kw 120V. D.C.
    single propeller, 1,200shp

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    Size Image Description Contributed
    USS ATA-188
    Penobscot 19k USS (ATA-188 at anchor, date and location unknown.
    Courtesy the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors, photo contributed by Joe Reed, plank owner.
    Robert Hurst
    USS Penobscot (ATA-188)
    Penobscot 53k USS Penobscot (ATA-188) underway, date and location unknown. Submitted by Harry Jaeger
    to NAFTS
    National Association
    of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Nipmuc 101k USS Penobscot (ATA-188) moored inboard of USS Nipmuc (ATF-157), at Newport R.I., date unknown. ©Richard Leonhardt
    Chepanoc 86k USS Penobscot (ATA-188), USS Koelsch (DE-1049) and USS Van Voorhis (DE-1028) moored to the pier at Naval Station Newport, R.I. in November 1967. The Harbor Tug Chepanoc (YTM-381) is underway. ©Richard Leonhardt
    Merchant Service
    51k Ex-USS Penobscot (ATA-188) underway while in merchant service as American Lady, date and location unknown.
    Photo by Alejandro Zayas,
    John Spivey

    USS Penobscot (ATA-188)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Thompson, Ferdinand Curtis, USN14 December 1944 - February 1947
    02CHBOSN. Schulte, Harold Christopher, USNFebruary 1947 - March 1947
    03LTjg. Ring, Henry William, USNMarch 1947 - 1949
    04LT. Mumford, Homer Ellis, USN1949 - ?
    05LTjg. Reid, Jack Moody, USN1957 - 1959
    06LT. Clynes, Charles Edward, USN1959 - ?
    07LT. Ike, William Franklin, USN1961 - December 1963
    08LCDR. Philipps, George, USN (USNA 1957)December 1963 - 16 December 1965
    09LT. Murphy, Jerome Thomas, USN16 December 1965 - ?
    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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