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USS Umpqua (ATA-209)
USS ATA-209 (1945 - 1948)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - November - Alpha
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 - National Defense Service Medal (2)

USS Umpqua (ATA-209) was transferred to Colombia
Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug:
  • Planned and authorized as Rescue Ocean Tug (ATR-136)
  • Reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug (ATA-209),15 May 1944
  • Laid down, 16 December 1944, at Gulfport Boiler and Welding Works, Port Arthur, TX.
  • Launched, 2 February 1945
  • Commissioned USS ATA-209 2 April 1945, LT. Paul L. Cortney, USN, in command.
  • During World War II USS ATA-209 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Named USS Umpqua (ATA-209), 16 July 1948
  • Decommissioned, struck from the Naval Register and transferred, cash sale, under the Security Assistance Program to Colombia, 1 July 1971, renamed Bahia Honda (RM-74)
  • Final Disposition, lost in 1975
    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 Gears
    two 60Kw 120V. D.C. Ships' Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,200shp

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    YTB-229 124k USS ATA-209 (left) and Alarka (YTB-229) (center) guide the center section of YFD-6 through Culebra Cut in the Panama Canal, circa May-June 1945. Navy SeaBees turned YFD-6's center section on its side and installed a thousand pontoons atop the wing wall to allow the drydock to float on its side during the canal transit. The photograph was released for publication on 25 June 1945.
    US Navy photo # NH 98829 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Umpqua 36k USS Umpqua (ATA-209) underway, date and location unknown. Larry D. Countryman, LT, USN, Ret USS Umpqua
    Umpqua 107k USS Umpqua (ATA-209) underway, circa late 1960s, early 1970s, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command UA-164, courtesy
    Mike Green

    USS Umpqua (ATA-209)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Cortney, Paul L., USNR2 April 1945 - October 1945
    02LT. Nerad, R. A., LT USNROctober 1945 - November 1945
    03LCDR. Schwartz, Marion J., USNRNovember 1945 - June 1946
    04LT. Kilpatick, Marion Clifford, USNJune 1946 - June 1947
    05BOSN. Breeding, Marion, USN (acting)June 1947 - 10 July 1947
    06LT. Eakin Jr., Sydney Lee, USN10 July 1947 - ?
    07LT. Brown, Leo Paul, USNno dates
    08LTjg. Goodson, Ray, USN1957 - 1959
    09LTjg. Jones, John Lindley, USN1959 -?
    10LT. McCullough, Robert Francis, USNAugust 1961 - October 1963
    11LT. Hegeman, Joey William (Bill), USNOctober 1963 - September 1965
    12LT. Jacobsen, Kenneth Chester, USNSeptember 1965 - May 1967
    13LT. Brown, Paul Frederick, USNMay 1967 - 1970
    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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