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Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Palo Blanco Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug:
  • Authorized as Yard Net Tender (YN-95)
  • Laid down, 11 December 1943, as Tesota (YN-95) at Canulette Shipbuilding Co., Slidell, LA.
  • Redesignated Net Laying Ship (AN-71), 20 January 1944
  • Launched, 29 July 1944
  • The name Tesota was canceled, 10 August 1944, and the ship was reclassified/redesignated Auxiliary Ocean Tug ATA-217
  • Commissioned USS ATA-217, 16 January 1945, LT. H. A. V. Post, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS ATA-217 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 7 May 1946, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 21 May 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 25 March 1947, and was sold the same day to Martinolick Shipbuilding Co., San Francisco, CA.. named Reina Del Mar
  • Final Disposition, burned off San Martin, Mexico, 17 February 1949
    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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    USS ATA-217
    ATA-217 73k USS ATA-217 on builder's trials, 3 January 1945, near Slidell, LA.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-76892, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    ATA-217 69k USS ATA-217 underway, date and location unknown. ATA-217 is painted in camouflage scheme 31/20L. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    ATA-217 115k USS ATA-217 underway in San Francisco Bay, while returning from service in the Pacific, circa early 1946. Note the "homeward bound" pennant flying from her mainmast.
    US Navy photo # NH 83830 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy of Donald M MacPherson, 1975, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Merchant Service
    ATA-217 404k MV Reina Del Mar (ex-USS ATA-217) rebuilt at Martinolich Shipbuilding Co. as a refrigerated cargo vessel.
    Sale ad in "Marine News", August 1948.
    David Wright

    USS ATA-217
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
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