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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 - Philippines LIberation Medal

ATA-214 Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug:
  • Laid down, 22 May 1943, as Yard Net Tender Palo Blanco (YN-85), at Snow Shipyards Inc., Rockland, ME.
  • Redesignated Net Laying Ship Palo Blanco (AN-64), 20 January 1944
  • Reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug ATA-214, 15 May 1944
  • Launched, 17 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS ATA-214, 25 September 1944, LT. Paul V. Evans, in command
  • During World War II USS ATA-214 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 21 September 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission 30 April 1947
  • Sold commercial, 30 April 1947, to Pomgrad, named Radnik, re-flagged Yugoslavia
  • Final Disposition, lost during a storm near Lattakia, Syria, in 1953
    Displacement 1,550 t. (limiting)
    Length 194' 6"
    Beam 34' 7"
    Draft 14' 1" (limiting)
    Speed 12.1 kts
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 52
    one 3"/50 Dual-Purpose gun mount
    three single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel, 935 Bbls
    Busch Sulzer Mod 539 Diesel-electric engine
    two 60Kw 120V. D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller 1500shp

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    98k USS ATA-214 on trials off Rockland, Maine, 14 September 1944. The first two of these five tugs to be completed (USS ATA-214 and USS ATA-216), all converted from net-laying ships of the Ailanthus (AN-38) class, were fitted with an armament configurations also fitted in some of the net layers. These included a 3" gun on a platform before the bridge, two 20-mm guns over the bridge, and a third on a former range finder platform just forward of and above the smokestack.
    US. National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo #'s 19-N-77433 and 19-N-77437, US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    ATA-214 56k USS ATA-214 underway, date and location unknown. Submitted by Donald Taber to
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    ATA-214 25k USS ATA-214 underway, date and location unknown. National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

    USS ATA-214
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Evans, Paul Vincent, USN25 September 1944 - 30 November 1944
    02LT. Leonning, Robert Bayard, USN30 November 1944 - 21 September 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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