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USS Tillamook (ATA-192)
USS ATA-192 (1945 - 1948)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Vietnam) - Vietnam Service Medal (9) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

USS Tillamook (ATA-192) was transferred to the South Korean Coast and Geodetic Survey
Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug:
  • Planned as Rescue Ocean Tug (ATR-119)
  • Laid down as Auxiliary Fleet Tug ATA-192, 19 October 1944, at Levingston Shipbuilding Co., Orange, TX.
  • Launched, 15 November 1944
  • Commissioned, USS ATA-192, 23 January 1945, LTjg W. C. Heck in command
  • During World War II USS ATA-192 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, 21 to 30 June 1945

  • USS ATA-192 was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.2.7 Target Vessel Group - Salvage Units for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
  • Named, USS Tillamook (ATA-192), 16 July 1948
  • During the Vietnam War USS Tillamook (ATA-192) participated in the following campaigns:

    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Vietnam Service Medal
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnam Advisory Campaign
    9 September to 11 October 1964
    30 March to 15 May 1965
    26 May to 1 June 1965
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase V
    21 July to 26 September 1968
    3 to 7 October 1968
    Vietnam Defense
    18 to 25 August 1965
    7 to 15 September 1965
    24 December 1965
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    21 to 22 February 1969
    Vietnam Counteroffensive
    25 to 26 December 1965
    8 to 20 April 1966
    Tet 69/Counteroffensive
    23 to 28 February 1969
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase - II
    6 to 8 August 1966
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    6 to 14 July 1969
    17 to 24 July 1969
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    25 May to 2 June 1968
    8 to 23 June 1968
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    16 to 25 November 1970

  • Decommissioned, 1 July 1971
  • Transferred (leased) to the Republic of Korea under the provisions of the Military Assistance Program
  • Ex-Tillamook served the ROK Coast and Geodetic Survey until 1976
  • Struck from the US Naval Register, 15 April 1976
  • USS ATA-192 earned one battle star for World War II service and as USS Tillamook (ATA-192) earned the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal with nine campaign stars for Vietnam War service
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 1 July 1976
  • Final Disposition, disposed of by Navy sale, 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
    two 60Kw 120V. D.C. Ships Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,200shp

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    USS ATA-192
    Tillamook 68k USS ATA-192 under way, circa 1946, location unknown.
    Photo courtesy the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors, contributed by Bill Rose.
    Robert Hurst
    USS Tillamook (ATA-192)
    Tillamook 27k USS Tillamook (ATA-192) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Submitted by Danny Paeth to National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Tillamook 264k USS Tillamook (ATA-192) moored at Naval Station Pearl Harbor in 1960. Photo is from the motion picture "The Wackiest Ship in the Army.". Tommy Trampp
    Tillamook 56k USS Tillamook (ATA-192) at Yokosuka, Japan, 7 December 1964 Photos by Clark Silliman XO USS Tillamook
    Tillamook 59k
    Tillamook 49k
    Tillamook 36k
    Tillamook 124k
    Tillamook 120k USS Tillamook (ATA-192) under way, 2 August 1965 from Yokosuka Naval Shipyard, Tokyo Bay, Japan.
    US Navy photo # USN 1112850, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Tillamook 55k USS Tillamook (ATA-192) moored pierside at Yokosuka, Japan, 1968
    Photo courtesy the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors, contributed by Richard Glaser.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Tillamook (ATA-192)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Heck, Walt Conaway, USN23 January 1945 - 15 January 1946
    02LT. Morris, Addie, USN15 January 1946 - 2 May 1948
    03LT. Darrrah, Frank, USN2 May 1948 - ?
    04LCDR. Pierce, Theodore Paul, USNR1951
    05LTjg. Wiedmaier, Harry Oliver, USN1952
    06LT. Bean, James Llewellyn, USN1953 - 15 December 1954
    07LT. Winant III, Barent Parlee, USN15 December 1954 - 15 January 1957
    08LT. Adair, Frederick Semple, USN (USNA 1952)15 January 1957 - June 1957
    09LT. Hurd, John Barton, USNJune 1957 - 22 July 1958
    10LT. Snell, William C., USNR22 July 1958 - 1960
    11LT. Wehner, George Dillon, USN1960 - 29 June 1962
    12LT. Coen, Francis Marion, USN29 June 1962 - ?
    13LT. Lindwall, Charles B.? - June 1964
    14LT. Carson, Richard Lew, USNJune 1964 - 17 November 1966
    15LT. Seimer, John Robert, USN 17 November 1966 - 3 December 1968
    16LT. Bessey Jr., Roland Bruce, USNR3 December 1968 - 3 November 1970
    17LT. Duermeyer, Stephen Paul, USN 3 November 1970 - 1 July 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
    Lease Agreement between the US and South Korean Governments
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
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