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USS Hidatsa (ATF-102)
USS Hidatsa (AT-102) (1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Romeo - Bravo

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (1)

USS Hidatsa (ATF-102) was transferred to Colombia and renamed ARC Rodrigo de Bastidas
Abnaki Class Fleet Ocean Tug:
  • Laid down (date unknown) at Charleston Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 29 December 1943
  • Commissioned USS Hidatsa (AT-102), 25 April 1944, LT. Carroll F. Johnson, USNR in command
  • Reclassified Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF-102), 15 May 1944
  • During World War II USS Hidatsa was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 12 October to 18 November 1944
    Manila Bay-Bicol operations
    Zambales-Subic Bay, 29 to 31 January 1945
    Mariveles-Corregidor, 14 to 28 February 1945

  • Following World War II USS Hidatsa was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    10 January to 20 April 194610 January to 20 April 1946

  • Decommissioned, 5 May 1948, at Long Beach, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Long Beach
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1963
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Transferred, cash sale, to Colombia under the Security Assistance Program, 1 March 1979 and ARC Rodrigo de Bastidas
  • USS Hidatsa earned the Navy Unit Commendation for service in Salvage, Fire Fighting, and Rescue Unit, Service Force, 7th Fleet - Philippine Islands area, 6 January to 3 March 1945, and two battle stars for her service in World War II
    Displacement 1,240 t.(lt) 1,675 t.(fl)
    Length 205'
    Beam 38' 6"
    Draft 15' 4"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 80
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    one single 3"/50 cal. dual purpose gun mount
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 2,225 Bbls
    four 750hp Busch-Sulzer BS-539 Diesel main engines driving four General Electric main drive generators and two 1500hp pulsation motors
    three Diesel-drive General Motors 3-268A auxiliary services engines driving
    three Ship's Service Generators
    two 200Kw 120V/240V DC
    one 100Kw 120V/240V DC
    single propeller, 3000shp

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    Hidatsa 1289k USS Cocopa (AT-101) (left) and USS Hidatsa (AT-102) (right) fitting out at Charleston Shipbuilding & Drydock Co, Charleston S.C., January 1944.
    US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Alan Owens

    USS Hidatsa (AT-102 / ATF-102)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Johnson, Carroll F., USNR25 April 1944 - December 1945
    02LT. Heath, Milton Alexander, USNDecember 1945 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel Histroy Database
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
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