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November - Delta - Bravo - Victor
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, 31 October 1943, as Yard Net Tender Allthorn (YN-94), at Canulette Shipbuilding Co., Slidell, LA.
  • Redesignated Net Laying Ship (AN-70), 20 January 1944
  • Reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug ATA-216, 15 May 1944
  • Launched, 25 May 1944
  • Commissioned, USS ATA-216, 30 October 1944, LT. Frank P. Mulligan, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS ATA-216 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of operations
  • Following World War II USS ATA-216 was assigned to Occupation Service in the Far East from 22 September to 20 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 26 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Merchant Service
    Sold in 1948 to a US company, renamed Kara Gay
    Resold, date unknown, to a US company, renamed El Sol
    Resold in 1959 to Panamanian company, name retained, reflagged Panamanian
    Final Disposition, fate unknown

    Displacement 1,550 t. (limiting)
    Length 194' 6"
    Beam 34' 7"
    Draft 14' 1" (limiting)
    Speed 12.1 kts Complement
    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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    ATA-216 125k USS ATA-216 under way, probably, on builder's trials in October 1944. The position of the 20-mm gun on the former range finder platform forward of and above the smokestack in USS ATA-214 and ATA-216 was found to be unsatisfactory because of the heat and fumes from the stack, and the armament arrangement of later units of both the ATA-214 class and the Ailanthus (AN-38) class was modified.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-74080, courtesy
    Mike Green
    ATA-216 198k USS ATA-216 under way probably on builder's trials in October 1944 in the Gulf of Mexico.
    US Navy photo from "Mud, Muscles and Miracles", by CAPT. Charles A. Bartholomew, USN and CDR. William I. Milwee, Jr., USN (Ret.)
    Robert Hurst

    USS ATA-216
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Mulligan, Frank P., USNR30 October 1944 - 16 November 1945
    02LT. Terrio, Eugene Benedict, USN16 November 1945 - 26 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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

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