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USS Geronimo (ATA-207)
USS ATA-207 (1945 - 1948)

International Radio Call Sign:
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

USS Geronimo (ATA-207) was transferred to the Republic of China and renamed ROCS Chiu Lien (AGS-563)
Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug:
  • Planned and authorized as Rescue Ocean Tug ATR-134
  • Redesignated Auxiliary Fleet Tug ATA-207, 15 May 1944
  • Laid down, 10 November 1944, at Gulfport Boiler and Welding Works, Port Arthur, TX.
  • Launched, 4 January 1945
  • Commissioned, USS ATA-207, 1 March 1945, LT. Joseph K. Hawkins, USN in command
  • During World War II USS ATA-207 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 19 September 1947, at Orange, TX.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange
  • Named Geronimo (ATA-207), 1 January 1948
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 March 1962
  • Transferred on loan to the Biological Laboratory, Bureau of Commercial Fisheries, Department of: the Interior, in 1963
  • Returned to Naval custody and transferred to Taiwan in 1968 under the Security Assistance Program, renamed ROCS Chiu Lien (AGS-563)
  • 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
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gear
    Ship's Service Generators
    two 60Kw 120V. D.C.
    single propeller, 1,200shp

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    USS Geronimo (ATA-207)
    Geronimo - (June 16, 1829 – February 17, 1909) was a prominent leader and medicine man from the Bedonkohe band of the Ndendahe Apache people. While he was a prominent leader, he was not a chief but rather a shaman. From 1850 to 1886, Geronimo joined with members of three other Central Apache bands – the Tchihende, the Chiricahua and the Nednhi – to carry out numerous raids, as well as fight against Mexican and U.S. military campaigns in the northern Mexico states of Chihuahua and Sonora and in the southwestern American territories of New Mexico and Arizona. (Wikipedia)
    Photo by Ben Wittick (1845 - 1903) Geronimo (Goyaalé), a Chiricahua Apache, kneeling with rifle. US National Archives
    Tommy Trampp
    ROCS Chiu Lien (AGS-563)
    Geronimo 43k Ex USS Geronimo (ATA-207) in Taiwanese service as ROCS Chiu Lien (AGS-563), underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Geronimo 18k ROCS Chiu Lien (AGS-563) Taiwan Navy Web Site

    USS Geronimo (ATA-207)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Hawkins, Joseph Keith, USN01 March 1945 - June 1947
    02ENS. Crawford, Francis George, USNJune 1947 - 19 September 1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
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