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USS Navigator (ATA-203)
USS ATA-203 (1944 - 1948)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Lima - Echo
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 (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp

Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug
  • Authorized as Rescue Ocean Tug (ATR-130)
  • Reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug (ATA-203), 15 May 1944
  • Laid down, 10 September 1944 at Gulfport Shipbuilding, Corp., Gulfport, MS.
  • Launched, 26 October 1944
  • Commissioned, USS ATA-203, 1 January 1945, LT. Joseph E. Fuld Jr., USNR in command
  • During World War II ATA-203 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 21 May to 10 June 1945
    Minesweeping Pacific
    Fukuoka (Kyushu-Korea Area), 9 to 27 December 1945
    "Klondike" (East China Sea - Ryukyus Area), 21 to 31 October 1945

  • Following World War II USS ATA-203 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September 1945 to 14 March 1946
  • Decommissioned, 20 October 1946
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange, TX.
  • Named USS Navigator (ATA-203), 16 July 1948
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration,16 July 1948, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1962
  • Final Disposition, disposed of as a target or by test
    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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    ATA-203/ATA-193 71k USS ATA-193 and USS ATA-203 moored at Naval Reserve Base, New Orleans, 30 June 1946. ATA-203 has just completed her journey towing YFD-15 from Pearl Harbor to New Orleans via San Diego and the Panama Canal Richard W. Friedrich, F/1c, LSM-467, Collection, slide number 219

    USS Navigator (ATA-203)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Fuld Jr., Joseph E., USNR1 January 1945 - December 1945
    02LCDR. Horton John Samuel, USNRDecember 1945 - March 1946
    03LTjg. Decker, Vernon Edward, USNMarch 1946 - 20 October 1946
    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
    USS ATA-203 Pearl Harbor to New Orleans, May-June 1946
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