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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:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
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 1946||10 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)
Beam 38' 6"
Draft 15' 4"
Speed 16.5 kts.
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
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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||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.
USS Hidatsa (AT-102 / ATF-102)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Johnson, Carroll F., USNR||25 April 1944 - December 1945|
|02||LT. Heath, Milton Alexander, USN||December 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
Last Updated 17 July 2020
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