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USS Chetco (ATA-166)
USS Chetco (AT-166) (1922 - 1937)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Mike - Foxtrot
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal

Fleet Tug:
  • Built, 1919 as the civilian tug Barryton by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Co., Elizabeth, N.J. for the (USSB) United States Shipping Board
  • Acquired by the Moran Towing Co., In 1942, renamed Thomas E. Moran
  • Purchased by the Navy, 13 September 1943
  • Converted for Naval Service at Boland Machine Co., New Orleans, LA.
  • Commissioned USS Chetco (AT-166), 24 September 1943. LTjg. Ronald E. Gill, USN in command
  • During World War II USS Chetco was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Bismarck Archipelago operation
    Admiralty Island landings, 28 March to 6 April 1944
    Hollandia operation, 21 to 25 April 1944

  • Reclassified, Auxiliary Fleet Tug (ATA-166), 15 May 1944
  • Decommissioned, 14 June 1946 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS Chetco earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 18 June 1945
  • Acquired by Moran Towing Co. in 1947, renamed Neptune
  • Final Disposition, involved in a collision and sank in 1948
    Displacement 437 t.(lt) 1500 t.(fl)
    Length 150'
    Beam 27' 7"
    Draft 15'
    Speed 12.5 kts
    Officers 3
    Enlisted 44
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 1,245 Bbls
    one Faribanks Morse Diesel electric engine
    Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 40Kw 120V D.C.

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    USS Chetco (AT-166)
    Chetco 120k Chetco (AT-166) after her commissioning by the Navy in September 1943. This tug was rebuilt with diesel electric propulsion circa 1940-1941.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-51603, a Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    USS Chetco (ATA-166)
    Chetco 100k Chetco (ATA-166) probably returning to San Francisco from the western Pacific in December 1945.
    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 83821, courtesy
    Mike Green

    USS Chetco (AT-166 / ATA-166)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Gill, Ronald Eugene, USN24 September 1943 - 30 July 1945AT-166 / ATA-166
    02ENS. Hoskinson, Elijah Palmer, USN30 July 1945 - 14 June 1946ATA-166
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

    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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