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USS Navajo (ATA-211)
USS ATA-211 (1945 - 1948)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - November - India
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

Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug:
  • Planned and authorized as Rescue Ocean Tug ATR-138
  • Redesignated Auxiliary Fleet Tug ATA-211, 13 April 1944
  • Laid down, 20 January 1945 at Gulfport Boiler and Welding Works, Port Arthur, TX.
  • Launched, 3 March 1945
  • Commissioned, USS ATA-211, 3 May 1945, LTjg. James McKnight in command
  • During World War II USS ATA-211 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Named Navajo (ATA-211), 15 July 1948
  • Decommissioned, 10 April 1962
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1962
  • Merchant Service
    Sold in 1963 to Twenty Grand Marine Service, Inc., Morgan City, LA., name retained
    Sold to American Gulf Towing in 1994, and renamed A. G. Navajo
    Sold to Moby Ruth, Inc. as the Mr. Dylan
    Out of documentation in 2006
  • Final Disposition, date unknown
    Displacement 835 t.(fl)
    Length 143'
    Beam 33' 10" (extreme)
    Draft 13' 2" (limiting)
    Speed 13 kts. (trial)
    5 Officers
    40 Enlisted
    Largest Boom Capacity 4 t.
    one 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 1300 Bbls
    one General Motors Diesel-electric model 12-278A
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gear
    Ship's Service Generators
    one Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 30Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 1,500shp

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    Navajo 273k Port bow view of USS ATA-211 making her maximum speed of 13 knots ca May 1945. while underway near Port Arthur TX. James Swank
    Navajo 24k USS ATA-211 moored pierside, date and location unknown. George Black USS ATA-211

    USS Navajo (ATA-211)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. McKnight, James Gordon, USN3 May 1945 - June 1946
    02LT. Dodson, Paul William, USNJune 1946 - 1948
    03LT. Reilly, William James, USN1948 - August 1948
    04CHBOSN Matheny, William Thomas, USN (acting)August 1948 - September 1949
    05LT. Jones, John Lindley, USN1959 - 1960
    06LTjg. Weiss Jr., Frederick Conrad, USN (USNA 1957)1960 - 4 August 1961
    07LT. Swan, Robert Sheridan, USNR4 August 1961 - 1962
    08LT. Wehrman, Philip William, USNOctober 1963 - 1964
    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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    Last Updated 26 March 2021