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USS Reindeer (ATA-189)
USS ATA-189 (1944 - 1948)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - India - Romeo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal

Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug:
  • Laid down, 11 September 1944, as Rescue Ocean Tug (ATR-116) at Levingston Shipbuilding Co., Orange, TX.
  • Launched 19 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS ATA-189, 20 December 1944, LT. Richard P. Moser, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS ATA-189 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 29 August 1947, at Orange TX.
  • Named USS Reindeer (ATA-189), 16 July 1948
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group; Orange until 21 November 1948
  • Transferred to the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Galveston until June 1958
  • Towed to Green Cove Springs FL. for lay up, 25 June 1958
  • Towed to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA., 27 February 1961
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1962
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration, 1 September 1962
  • Sold by the Maritime Administration, 28 March 1975, for non-transportation use as a fireboat renamed Captain D., homeported Charleston, S.C.
  • Sold 1980 registered as the yacht Captain Craig, homeported Miami, FL.
  • 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
    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 Reindeer (ATA-189)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Moser, Richard P., USNR20 December 1944 - 10 November 1945
    02LT. Sill, Charles L., USNR10 November 1945 - 8 December 1945
    03LT. Cassedy, James L., USNR8 December 1945 - 9 February 1946
    04LT. Wright, James M., USNR9 February 1946 - September 1946
    05LT. Reed, Fulton Glen, USNSeptember 1946 - 28 August 1947
    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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