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USS Challenge (ATA-201)
USS ATA-201 (1944 - 1948)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug
  • Planned and authorized as Rescue Ocean Tug (ATR-128)
  • Reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug (ATA-201),15 May 1944
  • Laid down, 3 August 1944,at Gulfport Boiler & Welding, Port Arthur, TX.
  • Launched, 23 September 1944
  • Commissioned, USS ATA-201, 22 November 1944, LT. Max B. Parker, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS ATA-201 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS ATA-201 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September 1945 to 20 February 1946
  • Named USS Challenge (ATA-201), 16 July 1948
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1962
  • Commercial Service
    Sold, 1 October 1976 by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service for scraping
    Resold in 1978 to Marine Power & Equipment, Seattle, WA., renamed Marine Commander
    Resold , date unknown, to Alaska Oregon Offshore Marine, name retained
    Resold in 2007 to a West African Co., renamed Saje Commander
  • 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
    Ship's Service Generators
    two 60Kw 120V. D.C.
    single propeller, 1,200shp

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    USS Challenge (ATA-201)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Parker, Max B., USNR22 November 1944 - 8 November 1945
    02LT. Becker, Charles M., USNR8 November 1945 - January 1946
    03LTjg. Wold, Ole S., USNR8 January 1946 - May 1946
    04LCDR. Cook, George Edgar, USNMay 1946 - September 1946
    05LT. Sholar, Marvin Edward, USNSeptember 1946 - ?
    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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