USS Mataco (ATF-86)


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Entry: 94301
Subject: USS MATACO THE TUG THAT COULD

Thomas E. (T.E.) Moore wrote on February 10, 2017


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Unit:

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: MATACO, Indians From South America. ------ USS Mataco-ATF-86, She was a Navajo -
Class Fleet - Tug. The old girl had her campaign stars : 5 from World War Two, 4 from the
Korean War Inchon Assault, Skipper, Lt. Frank Preston Wilson, 7 from the Vietnam War.
She was a lot larger than her 205 ft. length and 38 ft. beam, it was her American heart.

Keywords: World War Two ------ Korean War ----- Vietnam War ----USS Mataco ----- The Tug That Could



Entry: 93468
Subject: USS MATACO

Harold Stephens wrote on July 16, 2016


City and State: APACHE JUNCTION AZ

Unit: NAVY

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I was aboard the Mataco in 1955 and 1956 before being assigned to CNATRA in Fa

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Entry: 91521
Subject: VETERAN

Barry Rohrer wrote on July 8, 2015


City and State: MYERSTOWN PA

Unit: USS MATACO

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Came on board 1967, till discharge 1969. Anybody that remembers me can call me @ 717 933-1688 or E mail me blr51@comcast.net. Barry Rohrer

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Entry: 91519
Subject: VETERAN

Barry Rohrer wrote on July 8, 2015


City and State: MYERSTOWN PA

Unit: USS MATACO

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Came on board 1967, till discharge 1969. Anybody that remembers me can call me @ 717 933-1688 or E mail me blr51@comcast.net. Barry Rohrer

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Entry: 91517
Subject: 57588

Barry Rohrer wrote on July 8, 2015


City and State: MYERSTOWN PA

Unit: USS MATACO

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Came on board 1967, till discharge 1969. Anybody that remembers me can call me @ 717 933-1688 or E Mail me blr51@comcast.net. Barry Rohrer

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Entry: 91516
Subject: 57588

Barry Rohrer wrote on July 8, 2015


City and State: MYERSTOWN PA

Unit: USS MATACO

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Came on board 1967, till discharge 1969. Anybody that remembers me can call me @ 717 933-1688 or E Mail me blr51@comcast.net. Barry Rohrer

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Entry: 91515
Subject: 57588

Barry Rohrer wrote on July 8, 2015


City and State: MYERSTOWN PA

Unit: USS MATACO

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Came on board 1967, till discharge 1969. Anybody that remembers me can call me @ 717 933-1688 or E Mail me blr51@comcast.net. Barry Rohrer

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Entry: 88904
Subject:

Gene Brown wrote on May 16, 2014


City and State: HUNTINGTON BEACH CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I would like to make contact with anyone that served while I served 56-59.

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Entry: 87055
Subject: COOK ON BOARD 1972-1973

Mark Timblin wrote on August 22, 2013


City and State: SANDOINT ID

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: Tim



Entry: 86839
Subject: TRYING TO GET MATACO 86 ON AGENT ORANGE LIST

Louis Hall wrote on July 27, 2013


City and State: OCKLAWAHA FL

Unit: USS MATACO ATF 86

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: any one who served on mataco in 1969 please call. need to prove
we were in da nang october 13 to 21 1969 to get mataco on agent
orange ship list hope you all are still here ps looking for
dariel wise bm2 plaes call 1 352 433 3063 any time.

Keywords: on board 1 6 1969 11 9 1969 left with dariel wise bm 2



Entry: 84207
Subject: I SERVED ON THE MATACO 1960

Robert Dean wrote on September 20, 2012

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City and State: POWAY CA

Unit: SALVAGE DIVER

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I only server for one year 1960 than mustered out
after 9 years

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Entry: 82988
Subject: USS MATACO (ATF 86) KOREAN WAR

Patrick Mahoney wrote on May 10, 2012


City and State: ALLEN TX

Unit: USS KAMEHAMEHA SSN-642

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: May Dad (James Mahoney) served aboard the USS Mataco
during the Korean War. I don't have the exact years,
but would love to hear from any of his shipmates. I
was a submarine officer from 1993-1999 and found out
that my Dad was on the Mataco after he died in 2002. I
saw the pictures and medals that he received. He was a
repairman and metalsmith and one of the best welders
I've ever seen. I hope hope to hear from someone who
served with him.

-Pat

Keywords: Navy, Korea, Korean War, Mataco, Mahoney



Entry: 82743
Subject: USS MATACO LATE 1960'S

Ivy Briers wrote on April 14, 2012


City and State: SAN DIEGO CA

Unit: DECK HAND

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I SERVED ABOARD THE USS MATACO DURING THE LATE 60'S
AT THE TIME I AS A SEAMAN BOATSWAIN'S MATE, JUST A
DECK HAND. I BOARDED THE MATACO IN ADAK ALASKA, AND
WENT BACK TO THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA SHORTLY
AFTERWARDS WHERE WE TOWED TARGETS OFF THE COAST FOR A
FEW MONTH. HAZARDOUS DUTY SINCE THE DAMN SHIPS
COULDN'T HIT THE BROAD SIDE OF A BARN, AND CONSTANTLY
SHOT CLOSER TO OUR SHIP THAN THE TARGET WE WER E
TOWING, SO WE WERE CONSTANTLY CUTTING THE TARGETS
LOOSE AND QUICKLY LEFT THE AREA. fOOD WAS GREAT, BUT
THE WORK WAS HARD FOR A DECK HAND. I ENDED UP WITH 10
YEARS IN THE NAVY, SERVED ON 5 SHIPS, INCLUDING AND
ICE BREAKER (USS BURTON ISLAND AGB-1), 3 TOURS IN
VIET NAM (USS PRINCET0N LPH-5).

Keywords: US NAVY FLEET TUG MATACO ATF-86



Entry: 76780
Subject: SHIPS OFFICE

John Yates wrote on November 15, 2010


City and State: OLNEY IL

Unit: U.S.S. MATACO ATF 86

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I served on the Mataco 67' to late 68'. Would like
to hear from anyone who severed during that time.
I was the Yeoman in the ship's office. I am sure that
the XO and Capt would remenber me. We were not A.O.
friends.
If Thomas Nerwinski (SK) is around I would like to
hear from him and any otherers.

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Entry: 73622
Subject: STREIT - USS MATACO '67-68

Roy L. Streit wrote on February 18, 2010


City and State: PALCITAS NM

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I was on the Mataco from late '67 and got out on Dec 13, '68 on that wonderful early out. I went aboard as a e-2 (fireman) but damn well didn't want to be in that engine room! Volunteered for mess cooking (my parents owned a restaurant). Was able to make CS striker and left a CS3. Spent the entire West-Pac in the galley.

Wonder if the XO Timothy O. Fanning, JR ever quit licking boots. Wonder if the Engineering Office, "Mac" ever got his well earned siroccos of the liver.

Have my old Cruise book somewhere. I'd love to hear from anyone who served during that time frame.

Keywords: USS Mataco ATF 86



Entry: 70952
Subject: SERVED ABOARD ~ 1957 - LATE 1958

Ron (Erick) Erickson wrote on July 19, 2009


City and State: BOUNTIFUL UT

Unit: OPERATIONS

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I served aboard during late '57 through late '58 - Left for xfr to Aeolus (ARC3) right after return from tour in Phillipines, Taiwan area etc.

The Skipper was the finest officer I ever served under - William (Bill) McGonagle. For those that missed it, Bill was later the skipper of the USS Liberty - the 'intelligence gathering' ship that was attacked during (about) '67, by the Israelis. A significant number of the crew were killed, and many others wounded. Captain McGonagle, though seriously wounded and unable to stand (literally issued orders from the deck), refused to leave the ship for medical care for about 17 hours, until all other crew members were cared for. He subsequently received the Congessional Medal of Honor for his courage and dedication. The Israelis were, reportedly, never really called to task, nor ever admitted to the attack being intentional, or even a tragic mistake.

I did find a good friend of mine from my tour on the Mataco about a year ago - Neil Shinsky was a Signalman 2nd while I was on board - he now resides in the San Diego area. I'm hoping to visit with him sometime in the near future.

Keywords: USS Waxwing (AM389); USS Ajax (AR6); USS Aeolus (ARC3)
nickname = 'Eric'



Entry: 69338
Subject: CAPT. EVANS GRANDAUGHTER

John Brezina wrote on March 2, 2009

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City and State: FAIRFIELD CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I was aboard the USS Mataco from June 1965 to Sept. 1966. During that time we made one cruise to Adak Station Alaska with Capt. AR Evans and crew. In the past year I have been in contact with Patricia Redditt of Carlsbad, Ca who is the daughter of Capt AR Evans and have been informed that her daughter Lt. Amy Tomlinson is now a member of the Blue Angels as Blue Angel No. 8. They are very proud of her as they should be. Recently I was In Yuma, AZ for a couple of months and we traveled to El Centro NAS (65 miles away) to watch the Blue Angels practice for the upcoming season, sure is a great show. Patricia and husband retired Navy Captain Richard Redditt will attend many of the Blue Angels shows this summer. If anyone is interested in this info. you can go to the Blue Angels web site and have a look at all of the Blues.

Keywords: Contacts Ron Haynes and Ed Howard.



Entry: 68573
Subject: NBDR - JUNE 1961 TO JULY 1964

Diego Patron wrote on January 7, 2009


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Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I would like to hear from anyone who served on board during this period.

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Entry: 67408
Subject: MATACO

Art Foltz wrote on October 3, 2008


City and State: FONTANA CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Arrived on board around October 1969 off the coast of Vietnam. Completed the WESTPAC and spent time in San Diego. Made a trip to Adak, Alaska and another WESTPAC before leaving the ship in Feb 1973. Had many good friends who I would serve with today.

Keywords: USS Mataco (ATF 86)



Entry: 65686
Subject: I SERVED ABOARD THE USS MATACO FROM AUG 1969 THRU JUNE 1970.

Ronald Rosser wrote on May 21, 2008


City and State: MOUNT VERNON OH

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I served as a Radioman and went on a Westpac cruise. We crossed the equator on Christmas day of 1969.

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Entry: 58281
Subject: USS MATACO

John Schmidt wrote on July 29, 2006

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Unit:

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: My father served aboard the USS Mataco in the early 70's possibly late sixties and I was just curious as to see whom all served with him and possibly learn more about his day in the Navy. His name was John Schmidt so any who served with him and have any tidbits of information I would be most interested in hearing from you.

Keywords: USS Mataco

John William Schmidt



Entry: 57588
Subject: SEVERED ON BOARD -1967-68 TILL DISCHARGE

Barry L. Rohrer wrote on June 9, 2006

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City and State: MYERSTOWN PA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: I came on board as BM3 in 1967, done one tour on her in 1968 to Westpac. LT Comm Downey was Commanding Officer. I am looking for Barry Seamen that was on board the same time i was. He lived in San Diego, Calf.
Anybody that can give me any information on his where abouts would be appreciated!



Entry: 54837
Subject: STATIONED ABOARD LATE '58 UNTIL JUNE OF '60

Robert Wysong wrote on December 25, 2005

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City and State: CASTAIC CA

Unit: COMMISARY

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: Served in Adak, Alaska during '59. Towed USS Monaque from San Diego to Seattle to PACFLT to mothball.

Anyone who remembers R.W.G.Wysong, let me hear from you.



Entry: 53290
Subject: MATACO/KALAMIA UNDERWAYREP

Michael Nairne wrote on September 24, 2005

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City and State: LAS VEGAS NV

Unit: USS MATACO ATF86

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I served aboard the Mataco from 07/69 thru 12/69 waiting for an early out from the Navy because I was a Vietnam Vet..Anybody remembers being on watch port/starboard waiting for any assignment..Going towards Panama for and underway rep with the ATA Kalamia that was towing two barracks ships back to San Diego. We ran low on food on the way back and had beans and weanies so often, we nicked named the cook "Beans and Weanies"...Had a captain that was a mustanger...

Keywords: Port/Starboard in port



Entry: 53289
Subject: MATACO/KALAMIA UNDERWAYREP

Michael Nairne wrote on September 24, 2005

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City and State: LAS VEGAS NV

Unit: USS MATACO ATF86

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I served aboard the Mataco from 07/69 thru 12/69 waiting for an early out from the Navy because I was a Vietnam Vet..Anybody remembers being on watch port/starboard waiting for any assignment..Going towards Panama for and underway rep with the ATA Kalamia that was towing two barracks ships back to San Diego. We ran low on food on the way back and had beans and weanies so often, we nicked named the cook "Beans and Weanies"...Had a captain that was a mustanger...

Keywords: Port/Starboard in port



Entry: 49632
Subject: CROSS ROADS GUENNY PIGS

Charles Dosser wrote on March 18, 2005

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City and State: EL PASO TX

Unit: FIREMAN,BOILERTENDER

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: not much to talk about,you just had to be there to beleive it,then you shake your head and wonder if you just saw and felt,WAS REAL???That old yellow peice of paper hanging on the wall{that was the certificate that I could eat at the hog trough with the other guenny pigs}And I wonder how many still have their certificates?I have thought on my trips up to white sands missle range that I should take it up there and show that to them,but I doubt any one would know what the heck it is ,and what it repersents.I sure do!!Well,it`s late,10:pm ,thats late for me ,maybe we`ll talk again later,bless you,Charley

Keywords: Just a beat-up old falling apart atomic bomb guenny pig



Entry: 48146
Subject: WILLIAM JOHN WALTERS

Hazel Rasar wrote on January 14, 2005

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City and State: WA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My brother, William Walters, served in the U.S. Navy from 1948 until 1962 when he went on medical leave. He served on the U.S.S. Mataco from 1950 thru 1952 and served in the Korean conflict. He received a medical discharge in San Diego from developing Multiple Sclerosis. In October 1997 he was diagnosed with extensive inoperable colon cancer and passed away on June 22, 1998.

Keywords: William John Walters



Entry: 47751
Subject: MATACO

Howard Wilson wrote on December 27, 2004

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City and State: HOUSTON TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Served aboard USS Mataco in 1955 and 1956. I would like to hear from anyone who was aboard during this period.
Howard Wilson GM3

Keywords: USS Mataco, ATF 86



Entry: 47626
Subject: USS MATACO

Chuck Drury wrote on December 21, 2004

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Unit:

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: Served onboard the USS Mataco (ATF86) in 1974 and 1975.

Keywords: USS MATACO



Entry: 43268
Subject: SERVED ON MATACO FROM JUNE 6, '56 TO MARCH 3, '60

Ron (Spit) Silva wrote on May 25, 2004

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City and State: FERNLEY NV

Unit: ENGINEROOM

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Nickname Spit aboard USS Mataco for four years; was the Fuel, Oil, and Water King last two years of tour. Now living near Reno, Nevada. Would love to hear from anyone on board. In touch with Gene Brown, Radioman; Jerry Harrison, Engineman; JV Hudson, Engineman.

Keywords: Mataco from '56 to '60



Entry: 41152
Subject: RON HAYNES IC4, 65 AND 66

Ron Haynes wrote on February 22, 2004

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Entry: 38383
Subject: USS MATACO ATF-86

John Brezina wrote on November 15, 2003

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City and State: FAIRFIELD CA

Unit: SHIPFITTER SFM-2

Service or Relationship: -

Comments:

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Entry: 38382
Subject: SERVED ABOARD MATACO

John Brezina wrote on November 15, 2003

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City and State: FAIRFIELD CA

Unit: SHIPFITTER SFM-2

Service or Relationship: .........

Comments: I seved aboard the USS Mataco ATF-86 from June 1965 until Sept. 1966. Capt. A R Evans was the CO at the time.

Keywords: Vietnam Vet.



Entry: 38381
Subject: SERVED ABOARD MATACO

John Brezina wrote on November 15, 2003

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City and State: FAIRFIELD CA

Unit: SHIPFITTER SFM-2

Service or Relationship: .........

Comments: I seved aboard the USS Mataco ATF-86 from June 1965 until Sept. 1966. Capt. A R Evans was the CO at the time.

Keywords: Vietnam Vet.



Entry: 38378
Subject: USS MATACO (ATF 86) 1945-1948

Gregg Hall wrote on November 15, 2003

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Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father, Lee Roy Hall, served in US Navy from 1945-1948. He passed away Feb, 1978. I'm trying to find contacts, information and any pictures from that time period. Any help would be appreciated. THANKS TO ALL VETS!...GOD BLESS THE USA!

Keywords: USS Mataco, USS LCI, USS Towaliga, CTG Tsingtao, China



Entry: 33620
Subject: MATACO SHIPMATES 1944, '45

Billy Easley wrote on April 16, 2003

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Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: If you served on the Mataco '44 and '45 you knew my dad. Any stories, anecdotes re: Honolulu, Marianas, Philippines, Okinawa, typhoons etc. appreciated.

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Entry: 32937
Subject: BUILDING OF THE U.S.S. MATACO

Sandra Hemmes wrote on March 20, 2003


City and State: LAS VEGAS NV

Unit: MY DAD WAS IN THE NAVE

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: My Dad Terry King, was in the 2nd World War. He saw the U.S.S. Matako being built. He knows more about the ship but I can only get bits and pieces out of him at one time.

Sandy Hemmes
Daughter
svenskasandy@yahoo.com

Keywords: Terry King
30433 Bluehill Drive]
Roseville, MI 48066



Entry: 27116
Subject: INCHON - CSC JOHN RIDER JONES

Sue Jones wrote on July 25, 2002


City and State: BRONWOOD GA

Unit: USS MAKATO

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My dad--CSC John Rider Jones, Jr.--served aboard the Makato at Inchon Bay during the war. He died 11/1990; I would like to contact anyone who knew him, served aboard the Makato, or was at Inchon during that time. GOD BLESS THE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM!

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Entry: 25490
Subject: PERFORMED ADMIRABLY 43 -46 ALSO

Galen Calvert wrote on May 15, 2002

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Unit: MATACO, WESTERN PACIFIC 45-46

Service or Relationship: -

Comments:

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