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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 - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

ATA-214 Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug:
  • Laid down, 19 July 1943, as Yard Net Tender Palo Verde (YN-86), at Snow Shipyards, Inc., Rockland, ME.
  • Redesignated Net Laying Ship (AN-65), 20 January 1944
  • Reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug ATA-215, 15 May 1944
  • Launched, 2 September 1944
  • Commissioned, USS ATA-215, 17 December 1944, LT Ernest J. Clark Jr. USNR in command
  • During World War II USS ATA-215 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS ATA-215 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 22 September to 29 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 20 June 1946
  • Loaned to the Finn Ronne Antarctic Expedition in 1946
  • Renamed The Port of Beaumont, 25 January 1947
  • Returned to New York in March 1948 after being stuck in the ice pack of Marguerite Bay on the Palmer Peninsula for 12 months
  • Struck from the Naval Register in December 1948
  • Sold by the Navy, 8 February 1949, to an unknown buyer
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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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    95k USS ATA-215 (ex-Palo Verde (AN-65) on trials off Rockland, Maine, on 20 December 1944. This ship and ATA-217 retained their earlier sisters' 3" gun forward of the bridge. In the second two of these five tugs to be completed (ATA-215 and ATA-217), the third 20mm gun was moved to a low position aft of the smokestack The mainmast was moved to a position just aft of the stack, and its boom, which had been found to be unnecessary, was deleted.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo No.'s 19-N-76240 and 19-N-76242, courtesy
    Mike Green

    USS ATA-215
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Clark Jr., Ernest J., USNR17 December 1944 - 18 October 1945
    02LT. Wolleson, Jack Charles, USNR18 October 1945 - 23 February 1946
    03LTjg. Malone, William Cecil, USN23 February 1946 - 20 June 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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