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Challenge (YTM-126)
USS Challenge (YT-126) (1940 - 1944)
USS Challenge (AT-59) (1925 - 1940)
USS Challenge (SP-1015) (1918 - 1925)
USS Defiance (SP-1015) (1918)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Kilo - Sierra
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - World War I Victory Medal (with Patrol clasp)
Bottom Row - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Challenge Class Fleet Tug:
  • Built in 1889 as Defiance at J.H. Dialogue and Sons, Camden, N.J.
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Shipowners & Merchants Tugboat Co., San Francisco, CA., 13 June 1918
  • Commissioned, USS Defiance (SP-1015), 29 July 1918, LT. Micheal J. Downes, USNRF, in command
  • Renamed USS Challenge, 15 August 1918
  • Decommissioned and laid up in reserve, 13 May 1922, at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, WA.
  • Recommissioned and reclassified AT-59, 21 February 1925
  • Decommissioned, 29 November 1940 and placed in service as Challenge (AT-59)
  • Reclassified Yard Tug YT-126, 2 December 1940
  • Decommissioned and place in service as Medium Harbor Tug YTM-126, 13 April 1944
  • Placed out of service, 21 January 1946, at Kennyle, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 21 January 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Sold by the Maritime Commission, to Puget Sound Tug & Barge Co., Seattle, WA. for $2,100
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 346 t.
    Length 124'
    Beam 22' 2"
    Draft 19' 7"
    Speed 14 kts.
    Complement 31
    Armament 2 3-pdr
    one oil burning steam engine, one aux. engine
    single propeller, 750shp

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    Merchant Service
    Challenge 50k Civilian Tug Defiance in port, prior to entering Navy service.
    US Navy photo # NH 99965 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    Ramon Jackson
    USS Challenge (AT-59)
    Challenge 223k USS Challenge probably at San Diego, circa 1919 with the Pacific Station flagship cruiser USS Minneapolis (C13). John Chiquoine courtesy Dave Schroeder
    Challenge 84k USS Challenge (AT-59) off the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, 14 February 1921.
    US Navy photo # NH 633 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center

    USS Defiance / USS Challenge (SP-1015 / AT-59 / YT-126 / YTM-126)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Downes, Michael. James. USNRF29 July 1918 - 31 December 1921
    02CHBOSN. Merryman, Robert Henson31 December 1921 - 13 May 1922
     Decommissioned13 May 1922 - 21 February 1925
    03CHBOSN. Merryman, Robert Henson21 February 1925 - 2 April 1926
    04CHBOSN. Hill, Edwin Wright2 April 1926 - 8 May 1926
    05CHBOSN. James, William Alexander8 May 1926 - 20 February 1929
    06CHBOSN Davis, Frederick Joseph20 February 1929 - 24 November 1930
    07CHBOSN Romberg, Harry Benjamin24 November 1930 - 1 December 1931
    08CHBOSN Speaker, Albert1 December 1931 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

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