USS Takelma (ATF-113)










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Entry: 94690
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charles bishop wrote on June 13, 2017


City and State: POMONA KS

Unit: US TAKLMA

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: 1969 to 1972

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Entry: 92406
Subject: BUILDING CREW ROSTER

Michael Simmons wrote on December 15, 2015


City and State: HOWE IN

Unit: ENGINEERING DIVISION

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I'm updating a roster of Takelma crewman. Would you please send me your rating, which years aboard, home address, phone number, and e-mail so we can notify you of upcoming events. Of equal importance, if you have names and contact information (no matter how incomplete) of any other crewmen, please provide us with those. My e-mail is micsimmons@hotmail.com, my phone is 260-499-0663, my address is:
6150 N 325 E
Howe, IN 46746
Thank you,
Mike Simmons IC2(DV2) 1968-1972

Keywords: USS Takelma, Takelma, ATF 113, Fleet Tug



Entry: 91759
Subject: USS TAKELMA (ATF-113)

EuGene Riley wrote on August 21, 2015


City and State: CARROLLTON TX

Unit: USS TAKELMA (ATF-113)

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: My Dad Eugene K. Riley served on the USS Takelma (ATF-113) from June 1957-April 1967 .

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Entry: 90278
Subject: USS TAKELMA (ATF 113) 1952-1955

Howard Soderberg wrote on December 25, 2014


City and State:

Unit: ENGINEERING

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I would like to hear from anyone else who was aboard at the time that I was.
I would like to hear from George Tate. I have a granddaughter who lives in Castle rock also.

Keywords: Swede
USS Takelma ATF 113



Entry: 82136
Subject: LOOKING FOR OLD SHIPMATES 1958-61

Melvin Hollliday wrote on February 15, 2012


City and State: TEGUCIGALPA NA

Unit: USS TAKELMA ATF-113

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Looking for old shipmates from Takelma 1959 thru
1961 You all know me, I was the guy that delivered
your mail at Pearl Harbor. I am in touch with Gary
Howell IC electrician. I Would like too contact
anyone from that time that knows me. Doc Holliday
RMSN. I retired RM1 (SS)in 1978. Especially Gene
Titus RM, LLoyd Ferguson RM, Carl Yaeger ET, Ken
Stukenburg, Earnie Brightwell or any other from our
crew.

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Entry: 78250
Subject: SERVED 1962 TO 1964

Joe Tyler wrote on March 20, 2011


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Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I was a cook and aboard for 2 WESPAC trips. Also was at Johnson Island for the A-bomb test in 1962, We all wore dosimeters for radiation. I was on the gun crew when we had a gold E with 3 hashmarks.

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Entry: 76908
Subject: COMMENTS

Alfredo (Chico) Chacon SR. wrote on November 23, 2010


City and State: SAN ANTONIO TX

Unit: USS. TAKELMA 113

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I served on board in 1969 to 1971. They use to call me Chico I was a deck aid under Capt. Frost then Capt. Martinez. Looking for shipmates Vital,Giacolone, Hillbill, Granny, Akey,Betz,Hoke,Shorty,Henry,Rowe and several others.

Keywords: USS TAKELMA 113



Entry: 72024
Subject: USS TAKELMA (ATF-113) DIVER 1969

Joe McIntosh wrote on October 20, 2009


City and State: CHICKASHA OK

Unit: USS TAKELMA (ATF-113)

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I was the diving partner of DC2 Greg Harris on the Takelma at Pearl. We raied a crashed plane at Kaneohe. I remember Roger Flynn and owe him a pair of dress blue pants! I am still in touch with SK2 Rick Ray and EM2 Stan Booker.reach me

Keywords: Diver. Pearl Harbor. 1969. ATF-113 USS Takelma



Entry: 65594
Subject: SERVED 1965 TO 1968

Jerry Todd wrote on May 13, 2008

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City and State: RICHLAND WA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: HEY PAUL I REMEMBER YOU I DONT KNOW IF YOU REMEMBER ME BUT WHATS UP

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Entry: 63803
Subject: SERVED PROUDLY 1968 - 1971

Roger Flynn wrote on January 12, 2008


City and State: TORRANCE CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I served on Takelma in 1968 - 1971. Took her to "Yankee Station" in the Gulf of Tonkin in '68, and almost sank her towing a drydock, Adak in '69, then on to wespac. Lot's of good times, and a few forgettable ones... Anybody still out there from that time?? oltoynut@sbcglobal.net

Keywords: BIG "T"



Entry: 55089
Subject: HISTORY OF THE USS TAKELMA ATF-113

Paul Kuhn wrote on January 9, 2006

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City and State: HARKER HEIGHTS TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I am post this history of the Takelma. Served from 65-66. There was some doubt of her serving in Korea. This should end it.
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History of the USS Takelma ATF-113


Takelma (ATF-113) was laid down on 7 April 1943 as AT-113 by the United Engineering Co., Alameda, Calif.; launched on 18 September 1943; sponsored by Mrs. George Sutherland, redesignated ATF-113 on 15 May 1944, and commissioned on 3 August 1944.

After her shakedown, the fleet ocean tug operated along the California coast until 16 December when she sailed for Hawaii. She arrived at Pearl Harbor on 5 January 1945 and was routed onward to Eniwetok. The ship towed vessels between various Pacific bases at Ulithi, Leyte, Hollandia, Subic Bay, Manus, Espiritu Santo, and Milne Bay until returning to Pearl Harbor on 15 June 1946. The tug sailed to San Francisco on 28 July, then moved up the coast to Seattle; and remained there until 28 December.

On that day, Takelma got underway for Hawaii and arrived at Pearl Harbor on 4 February 1947. She was ordered to begin towing target ships to the Marshall Islands for the atomic bomb tests at Bikini. Her charges on this assignment were berthed at such widely separated ports as Pearl Harbor, San Francisco, and Bremerton. On 6 January 1948, the tug took the power barge Jacona (YFP-1) in tow and got underway for Korea. After she delivered the barge to Pusan, Takelma made port at Yokosuka, Japan, on 3 February. Five weeks later, she sailed for Pearl Harbor and proceeded thence to the west coast of the United States.

Except for a voyage to the Canal Zone in June, Takelma operated in the San Diego-Long Beach area from 22 April to mid-autumn. On 4 November, the tug departed San Diego, bound for the Aleutians and arrived at Adak 11 days later. On 6 January ;949, she got underway for the Central Pacific and arrived at Midway on the 14th. During the year, she also called at Pearl Harbor, Balboa, Coco Solo, Wake, and Kwajalein.

After communist forces attacked South Korea, the tug headed for the Far East in July 1950 and spent a year operating at Subic Bay and in Japanese waters.

Takelma returned to the United States on 1 July 1961 for a month and was then homeported at Pearl Harbor She operated out of that port until July 1952.

Takelma stood out of Pearl Harbor on 24 July en route to the Korean war zone via Japan. She arrived at Yokosuka on 7 August called at Sasebo for four days, and reached Sokcho Korea, on 19 August. The tug operated in Korean waters, serving at Sokcho, Pusan. and Wonsan, until returning to Sasebo on 18 September. The next day, she got underway for Chinhae, arrived there on the 21st, and returned to Yokosuka. Takelma then moved to Sasebo and remained there from 23 October until 29 November when she headed for the Korean ports of Cho Do and Yongyong Do.

Takelma was again at Sasebo from 1 to 16 January 1953 when she returned to the combat zone. She remained there from 18 to 25 January. Her last service during the Korean conflict began when she arrived at Wonsan on 30 January. She returned to Sasebo on 22 February.

She reached Pearl Harbor for repairs on 29 March and then sailed to San Diego. September found the tug back at Pearl Harbor, and she departed there on 26 January 1954 for Sasebo and local operations which lasted until 11 August. From August 1954 to mid-1968, the ship operated from her home port at Pearl Harbor or on deployments to the Far East.

During a time of great American involvement in combat operations in Vietnam, Takelma was at "Yankee Station" in the Gulf of Tonkin from 8 July to 15 August 1968 performing special operations for the 7th Fleet, and she returned to that task again on 18 October. She operated in waters off Vietnam until 12 November when she sailed for Pearl Harbor. On 15 November 1969, she got underway for Adak, beginning a four-month tour in the Aleutians which ended on 25 February 1970. On 27 August, she sailed for a six-month deployment to the western Pacific. Takelma returned to Pearl Harbor on 23 February 1971 and operated from there until 23 October 1973 when she sailed for the Far East and duty with the 7th Fleet.

The ship returned to Hawaii on 2 May 1974 and rendered services to fleet units there until October 1976 when her home port was shifted to San Diego. On 1 June 1979, Takelma commenced service as a naval reserve training ship.

Takelma received two battle stars for Korean service and two for service in Vietnam

Keywords: "Cajun"



Entry: 55088
Subject: SERVER ON THE USS TAKELMA ATF-113 FROM 65-66

Paul Kuhn wrote on January 9, 2006

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City and State: HARKER HEIGHTS TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I was stationed on the Takelma from 65 to 66 (Pearl Harbor Pier 9 ) before departing to River Patrol duty in Vietnam. I have many pictures and fond memories the days I was aboard, but have forgotten the names of my shipmates. I would love to get in touch with any that served onoard that time. Remember the day we were patroling the Straits by Adak Alaska. Got to close to RUSSIA and was escorted out by Russian gun boats? Please write. Thanks

Keywords: Nickname "Cajun"



Entry: 52957
Subject: BILL RAY COMMANDING OFFICER

John Ray wrote on August 31, 2005


City and State: SHORELINE WA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father is William J. Ray. He was the commanding officer of the Tekelma at some period during the Korean War. Anyone who knows my dad and wants to contact him please send me an E-mail. Thanks.

Keywords: USS Tekelma



Entry: 49350
Subject: USS TAKELMA IN ANTARTICA

Juan Cruz Granja wrote on March 4, 2005

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

Comments: I´m now on board of the former USS TAKELMA, now named Aviso Suboficial CASTILLO, i´m a leutenant junior grade of the argentina navy, and we ´ve just come back from a four months campaigne in the antartica with your old warrior.
If there is anyone interested in receiving some pictures of the Castillo in the antartica let me know.

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Entry: 46063
Subject: DECEASED SHIPMATE

George Horton wrote on September 28, 2004

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Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: On Friday We will bury with full military honors Oscar Ira (Buzz) Rice He served on the USS Sperry AS-12 and USS Takelma ATF-13He was a diver God Bless GHorton424@aol.com Commander Combined Veterans Honor Guard

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Entry: 29630
Subject: SERVED ON BOARD THE USS TAKELMA FROM 1954 - 1958.

Howard Abel wrote on November 16, 2002

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City and State: CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I am looking for Lawrance Edwards who served from 1958 - medical discharged 197??. Lives in San Diego, Ca./

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Entry: 21196
Subject: SAN MATEO VICTORY

George Tate wrote on December 3, 2001

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City and State: CASTLE ROCK CO

Unit: USS TAKELMA

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I was aboard the Takelma from may 1951 to nov 1954
I still have photos of the San Mateo salvage opperation. showing port side damage, good views of same. setting demo charges etc. I also have photos of navigation bouys being laid in Hungnam harbor in preperation for the evacation of u.s.Marines. I would like to get these photos on some web sites . anyone interested??

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