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USS Tatnuck (ATA-195)
USS ATA-195 (1945 - 1948)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Juliet - Echo
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 - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal

Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug:
  • Planned and authorized as Rescue Ocean Tug ATR-122
  • Reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug ATA-195, 15 May 1944
  • Laid down, 15 November 1944, at Levingston Shipbuilding Co., Orange, TX.
  • Launched, 14 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS ATA-195, 26 February 1945, LTjg. George E. Joyal, USN in command
  • During World War II USS ATA-195 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS ATA-195 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    2 to 12 September 1945
    5 November to 11 December 1945

  • Named, USS Tatnuck (ATA-195), 16 July 1948
  • Decommissioned, 1 July 1971, at Bremerton, WA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Bremerton Group
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1976
  • Merchant Service
    Sold in 1979 to Marine Power & Equipment, Seattle, WA. renamed Marine Constructor
    Resold in the 1990s to Island Tug & Barge Col, Seattle, WA. renamed Island Warrior
    Resold in 2010 to Western Pacific Buyers, renamed Tamaraw, homeported in Apria, Guam.
    Current Disposition, 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. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,200shp

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    USS Tatnuck (ATA-195)
    178k USS Tatnuck (ATA-195) and USS Wandank (ATA-204) moored together, circa 1945-46, location unknown.
    US Navy photo negative from the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum. A cropped version is available from the US Naval History and Heritage Command (NH 83826)
    Darryl Baker
    Tatnuck 62k USS Tatnuck (ATA-195) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Submitted by Richard Rosenbach to National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Tatnuck 101k USS Tatnuck (ATA-195) at (right) in a tug boat race, with the Army's LT-518 (center), and Weddell Foss (left) circa 1949. The photo caption reads "These three workboats ran even for the first half of the 1949 race, but at the finish line the story was different. The Navy's Tatnuck won by five seconds, followed by the Weddell Foss; the Army's LT-518 had broken down."
    Photo courtesy of the National Association Fleet Tug Sailors Association from an article in "Ship's Magazine", 1956, contributed by Sherman McGee.
    Robert Hurst
    Tatnuck 47k USS Tatnuck (ATA-195) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Merchant Service
    Tatnuck 964k Ex-USS Tatnuck (ATA-195) underway as the Island Tug and Barge Co. of Seattle, WA.'s Island Warrior, date and location unknown. Capt. David Zanzig
    69k Tamaraw (ex-USS Tatnuck (ATA-195) underway at Guam, date unknown.
    Photo by Vladimir Knyaz, courtesy
    John Spivey

    USS Tatnuck (ATA-195)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Joyal, George E., USN28 February 1945 - 15 January 1046
    02LTjg. Pochron, John W., USNR15 January 1946 - 1946
    03LT. Baker, Walter Edmund, USN1946 - 1948
    04LT. Reynolds, Lester Lawrence, USN1948 - ?
    05LCDR. Van Limburgh, Robert Cummings, USN1954
    06LCDR. Babcock, Donald Eugene, USN1957 - 1958
    07LT. Jarrett, Edwin Bruce, USN? - 1966
    08LCDR. Zogg, Raymond Junior, USN1967 - 1969
    09LCDR. Rosenbach, Richard Warren, USN1969 - 1 January 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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