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USS Samoset (ATA-190)
USS ATA-190 (1945 - 1948)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - India - Tango
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 (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal

USS Samoset (ATA-190) was transferred to Haiti, renamed Henri Christophe (MM20)
Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug:
  • Planned and authorized as Rescue Ocean Tug ATR-117
  • Reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug ATA-190,15 May 1944
  • Laid down, 29 September 1944 at Levingston Shipbuilding Co., Orange, TX.
  • Launched, 26 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS ATA-190, 1 January 1945, LTjg. Elmo D. Twiehaus, USN in command
  • During World War II USS ATA-190 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, 1 to 6 May 1945

    Following World War II USS ATA-190 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September 1945 to 27 March 1946
  • Named USS Samoset (ATA-190), 16 July 1948
  • Decommissioned, 12 September 1969
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Transferred, cash sale, to Haiti under the Security Assistance Program, 1 October 1978, renamed Henri Christophe (MM20)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1978
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS Samoset (ATA-190) earned one battle star as USS ATA-190 for World War II service
    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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    Samoset 26k USS Samoset (ATA-190) underway from Naval Station Norfolk, circa 1963.
    US Navy photo.
    Contributed by Craig Rothhammer to
    National Association
    of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Sagamore 136k USS Samoset (ATA-190) on the port side of the lock. On the starboard side of the lock, is USS Sagamore (ATA-208) during a goodwill tour to Cardiff Wales, date unknown.
    Photo courtesy the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors, contributed by George Antellas.
    Robert Hurst
    Samoset 135k USS Samoset (ATA-190) underway in Chesapeake Bay, 1967.
    US Navy photo from DANFS.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Samoset 158k USS Samoset (ATA-190) towing a target, 27 June 1967, during operations off the Virginia Capes.
    US Navy photo # KN 15675, courtesy
    Mike Green

    USS Samoset (ATA-190)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Twiehaus, Elmo David, USN1 January 1945 - ?
    02LCDR. Smith Jr., Walter Webster, USN1956 - ?
    03LCDR. Stouter, Leland Roy, USNJuly 1961 - June 1963
    04LT. Boland Jr., Joseph Eugene, USNRJune 1963 - ?
    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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