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USS Keywadin (ATA-213)
USS ATA-213 (1945 - 1948)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - November - Oscar
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:
  • Authorized as Rescue Ocean Tug ATR-140
  • Reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug ATA-213, 15 May 1944
  • Laid down, 16 February 1945, at Gulfport Boiler and Welding Works, Port Arthur, TX.
  • Launched, 9 April 1945
  • Commissioned USS ATA-213, 1 June 1945, LT. Vincent A. Galterio, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS ATA-213 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Named, USS Keywadin (ATA-213), 16 January 1948
  • Decommissioned, 30 June 1970
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1980
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet at the NISMF, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Towed to NAB Little Creek for use as a fire fighting and salvage training hulk
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target off Norfolk, VA., 3 June 2001
    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
    Ship's Service Generators
    two 60Kw 120V. D.C.
    single propeller, 1,200shp

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    USS ATA-213
    Keywadin 96k Port and Starboard broadside, and port bow view of ATA-213 conducting trials as a condition of Navy acceptance from Gulfport Boiler and Welding Works, Port Arthur, TX.. Gulfport’s Hull #258 headed out to the Gulf of Mexico for trials, circa May 1945. James Swank
    Keywadin 243k
    Keywadin 311k
    USS Keywadin (ATA-213)
    Keywadin 152k USS Keywadin (ATA-213) underway, circa 1951, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Tommy Trampp
    Keywadin 79k USS Keywadin (ATA-213) moored at Boston Naval Shipyard, Boston, MA. 1960 ©Richard Leonhardt
    Keywadin 87k USS Keywadin (ATA-213) and USS Parle (DE-708) moored at Falmoutb, MA., August 1962. ©Richard Leonhardt
    Parle/Keywadin 78k USS Keywadin (ATA-213) and USS Parle (DE-708) at Cape Cod Bay, September 1962 ©Richard Leonhardt
    Parle/Keywadin 75k USS Keywadin (ATA-213) and USS Parle (DE-708) at Cape Cod Bay, September 1962 ©Richard Leonhardt
    Keywadin 132k USS Keywadin (ATA-213) underway, 24 March 1964, off South Annex, Boston Naval Shipyard, Boston, MA.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # USN 1115590, courtesy
    Mike Green

    USS Keywadin (ATA-213)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Galterio, Vincent A., USNR1 June 1945 - 30 March 1946
    02LTjg. O'Brien, William Joseph, USN30 March 1946 - ?
    03LTjg. Kurz, Walter Charles, USN1960 - 1962
    04LT. Trance, Roland G.1961 - 1965
    05LT. Nelson, Jesse Robert (James Kad), USN1965 - 1967
    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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