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USS TILLAMOOK (ATA-192) In service 1945 to 1971. WWII, Operation Crossroads, Alaskan service, Vietnam Advisory period and Vietnam Market Time service (homeport Yokosuka, Japan)

 

Late in 1964, when the American presence in South Vietnam began to increase, Tillamook also began to visit the ports of that country. However, her missions in Vietnamese waters in 1964 were brief port visits to deliver tows at such places as Danang and Vung Tau, South Vietnam.
 
Shortly after the Tonkin Gulf Incident in August 1964, the US Navy developed a training exercise to simulate firing on small, high-speed targets at night and Tillamook was assigned to participate off Subic Bay. Tillmook would tow the sled in one direction at top speed—just over 11 knots—while a destroyer steamed in the opposite direction at something close to top speed—something close to 30 knots—creating a relative closing speed of about 40 knots. On the first two nights, the destroyers illuminated the tow with their star shells, locked the turrets on the two, but did not fire. On several occasions, the star shells illuminated Tillamook. On the third night, a destroyer commenced a live exercise, but also placed the star shells over Tillamook rather than over the tow. Shortly thereafter, the crew on the Tillamook heard the destroyer radioman announced "Shot, out"—it was on the way. A few second later, a salvo of AA Common shattered about 50-100 yards short of Tillamook—and then "Shot, out" again—before the crew could react, a second salvo was on the way that landed about 50-100 yards long. Although the salvos missed, shrapnel hit the side of Tillmook, and the crew collected them in a box and gave them to the destroyer as a present the following day while delivering the mail to the fleet.
 
In February 1965, she assisted the disabled United States Coast Guard Cutter USCGC Chautauqua (WPG-41) into Yokosuka for repairs. The Chatautua was at Ocean Station Victor, approximately 1100 miles east of Yokosuka and was adrift, having lost its main bearing. Tillamook had been providing gunnery sled services, and had her lightweight 1" wire on the towing reel. Rather than take the time to replace the lightweight wire with the standard 2" towing wire, the skipper left immediately leaving the liberty section ashore. Because of the lightweight wire, Tillmook was unable to use full power and it was a long slog back to Yokosuka into a gale. During one 24-hour period, Tillamook actually averaged negative nautical miles for the day.
 
In April 1965, she was assigned to the "Market Time" operation along the coast of Vietnam, that was designed to interdict enemy infiltration and coastwise logistics operations. A South Vietnamese Navy patrol boat, RVNS PC-04, had caught an enemy "trawler" unloading weapons at Vung Ro, South Vietnam and there was growing concern with enemy coastal traffic. In July 1965, Tillamook entered Vung Ro about midnight based on reports from her Vietnamese liaison that a RVN outpost had been captured by the VC, the idea being to use Tillmook's 3 inch 50 single gun to attack the outpost. After slinking quietly in the cove, the Captain ordered the First Lieutenant to anchor, whereupon the First lieutenant opened the wrong pelican hook, sending the spare anchor splashing into the sea. With that, Tillamoook departed the cove without firing.
 
In August 1965, she resumed operations towing district and landing craft between various East Asian bases and did not return to Vietnamese waters until December 1965 when she towed the large covered lighter USS YFNB-2 and the floating workshop USS YR-71 from Subic Bay to Danang. She visited South Vietnam again in January 1966 when she towed a barge into Camranh Bay.
 
After another period of towing operations outside the combat zone, Tillamook rejoined the American naval forces in Vietnam in August 1966. She provided gunfire support for forces operating on the Long Tau branch of the Saigon River.
 
In December 1966, while attempting to retrieve a drifting barge, four of Tillamook's crew became separated from the ship. In the night, the barge drifted ashore, and Tillamook provided covering fire through the night to protect the four sailors from nearby enemy troops. The following morning, a small landing craft rescued the men. Tillamook returned to Subic Bay soon thereafter.
 
While at Subic Bay, Tillamook answered a call for a rescue mission with only the duty section embarked. The call came in around 2200 hours one evening, and she got underway immediately to rendezvous with the merchant ship SS Enid Victory, which was unable to return to port because of a damaged engine. Tillamook brought Enid Victory safely back to Subic Bay.
 
During 1967, Tillamook made three short visits to South Vietnam—one to Vung Tau in mid-March, another to Danang in late June, and the third to Vung Tau again early in December. However, she spent most of 1967 occupied with routine operations in Japanese and Philippine waters.
 
Tillamook also spent 1968 in much the same way, though highlighted by a visit to Danang in January, to Singapore and to Danang in June, and to Danang in September.
 
In 1969 and 1970, Tillamook made only four brief stops in Vietnam, at either Vung Tau or Danang. Her routine of tows between Japan and the Philippines was broken only by an escort mission to Keelung, Taiwan, in mid-September 1970.

 

USS ATA-192 earned one battle star for World War II service and as USS Tillamook (ATA-192) earned the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal with nine campaign stars for Vietnam War service

 

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USS GRAPPLE (ARS-7) 3rd of the Diver class salvage ships built by Basalt Rock company in Napa California. In service 1943 to 1977

 

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7 1/2" jacket patch & 1960's ceramic plaque

 

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USS GRAPPLE (ARS-7) 3rd of the Diver class salvage ships built by Basalt Rock company in Napa California. In service 1943 to 1977.  She was a three war Salvage ship with extensive combat service - USS Grapple earned the Navy Unit Commendation for service in Salvage, Fire Fighting, and Rescue Unit, Service Force, 7th Fleet - Philippine Islands area, 6 January to 15 February 1945, and three battle stars for World War II service, one battle star for Korean War service and five campaign stars for Vietnam War service

 

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Both GRAPPLE (ARS-7) and GRASP (ARS-24) were Pacific Fleet Salvage vessels assigned to SERVGRU/SERVRON FIVE throughout the 1950's to 1970's.  I attended her decommissioning ceremony at Alpha Docks, Pearl Harbor where she was turned over to the Taiwanese Navy. My ship, GRASP (ARS-24) was also decommissioned there the following March and turned over to the South Korean Navy.

 

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Grapple Diving patch and Grasp Diving patch sewed onto my USN work jacket.

Same 1st Class Diver design as used on many other Salvage related patches.

 

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On 12/15/2017 at 9:43 PM, Salvage Sailor said:

USS PENGUIN (ASR-12) Penguin class leader Submarine Rescue ship in service 1944 to 1970

 

Initially laid down as USS Chetco (ATF-99) Fleet Tug

 

USS PENGUIN (ASR-12) Penguin class leader Submarine Rescue ship in service 1944 to 1970. Initially laid down as USS Chetco (ATF-99) Fleet Tug

 

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Korean Era White Version, very difficult to find. Recommissioned 3 April 1952 for duty with the Atlantic Fleet’s Submarine Forces, homeport Key West, Florida.

 

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Korean Era White Version and Japanese made color version

 

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On 4/26/2017 at 5:19 PM, Bearmon said:

The last two from same group A diving patch of some sort

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And a USS Chanticleer ASR 7 I guess his/her name was Parker

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Bearmon,

 

Your unidentified patch is the same design as this one from the USS HANCOCK (CVA-19) Reef Raider Skin Diving Club

 

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Aloha Firefighter,

 

That may be a knock off made by 'the usual suspects'. Also note that it's mispelled, CATAWSA rather than CATAWBA. I may have an original around here somewhere to compare.

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Aloha Firefighter,

 

That may be a knock off made by 'the usual suspects'. Also note that it's mispelled, CATAWSA rather than CATAWBA. I may have an original around here somewhere to compare.

Hi Salvage. I thought it might be, only after I received it. Didn’t notice the misspelled name, great catch. I thought the design was cool. Love to see an original.

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USS DELIVER (ARS-23) Her motto – Continuous Service - as she was the only ARS Diver class Salvage ship not decommissioned between the 1947 Atomic tests and the Korean war.

In service 1944 to 1979 - WWII, Atomic Testing, Korea, Arctic Ops, Vietnam

 

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Patch circa 1950's

 

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USS DELIVER (ARS-23) Her motto – Continuous Service - as she was the only ARS Diver class Salvage ship not decommissioned between the 1947 Atomic tests and the Korean war. She was my sister ship and I had orders to report aboard for her last WESTPAC when GRASP was decommissioned in 1978 but I was sent to BOLSTER at the last minute as they were short handed and needed an experienced Radarman/OS

 

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Her Vietnam Era patch - She earned nine campaign stars for Vietnam service with the BWN & Salvage forces

 

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On 7/9/2017 at 2:56 PM, Salvage Sailor said:

Three war Navajo class USS MATACO (ATF-86) In service 1943 to 1977

 

The Mighty 'M' USS MATACO (ATF-86) 10" jacket patch

 

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On 9/1/2017 at 9:14 AM, Salvage Sailor said:

Three war Abnaki class USS MUNSEE (ATF-107) In service 1943 to 1969

 

Different Version USS MUNSEE (ATF-107) Three battle stars for World War II service and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and Vietnam Service Medal with four campaign stars for Vietnam War service

 

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Merry Christmas 1944 from (Censored) in the South Pacific

 

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USS PRESERVER (ARS-8) Silk Frogman patch received from a Korean War crewman

 

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USS RECLAIMER (ARS-42) Long service Bolster class rescue salvage vessel 1945 to 1994

 

Her motto was "Four Two Can Do" - Can Do patch and Bumper Sticker

 

ARS 42 USS RECLAIMER Can Do Bumper Sticker 001.jpg

 

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USS OPPORTUNE (ARS-41) Bolster class Rescue Salvage vessel in service 1945 to 1993

 

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MADE IN JAPAN label

 

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SEAHORSE - Different Version USS OPPORTUNE (ARS-41)

 

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USS OPPORTUNE ARS-41 Vulcan Lighter a.jpg

 

Lighters by Zippo and Vulcan

 

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USS OPPORTUNE ARS-41 Lighter 01.JPG

 

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USS OPPORTUNE (ARS-41) Bolster class Rescue Salvage vessel in service 1945 to 1993

All three types of plaques

 

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Civil Engineering Laboratory (Navy) Port Hueneme, California 1974 - Development of the CEL salvage, remote assist and lift device

 

CEL DEEP OCEAN LABORATORY

 

Secrets Away : Navy Lifts Veil on High-Security Research Lab in Port Hueneme Los Angeles Times

 

For 45 years, scientific experiments conducted inside the Navy's oceanfront laboratory here were shrouded by security guards, barbed wire fences and the lab's penchant for secrecy.
 
But peacetime is changing the Navy. And even the security-conscious laboratory wedged next to the Port of Hueneme is coming around now that it must justify its worth to compete for federal dollars in the post-Cold War era.
 
As Pentagon cutbacks force the lab to abandon its 33-acre site and move onto the adjacent Seabee base, Navy officials are beginning to lift the veil on its research.

 

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Very nice MDSU-1 patch Tonomachi

 

 

USS QUAPAW (ATF-110) Three war Abnaki class Fleet Tug in service 1944 to 1985. Quapaw received four battle stars for World War II service, five for the Korean War, and seven for the Vietnam War.

 

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1950's patch without hull number or name, only her motto

 

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USS QUAPAW (ATF-110) Three war Abnaki class Fleet Tug in service 1944 to 1985. Quapaw received four battle stars for World War II service, five for the Korean War, and seven for the Vietnam War.

 

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1960's - 1980's version of her patch

 

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1960's - 1980's Japanese made version of her patch

 

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USS QUAPAW ATF-110 Welcome Aboard 1961 A.JPG

 

USS QUAPAW (ATF-110) Welcome Aboard 1961

 

USS QUAPAW ATF-110 Welcome Aboard 1961 B.JPG

 

USS QUAPAW ATF-110 Welcome Aboard 1961 C.JPG

 

USS QUAPAW ATF-110 Welcome Aboard 1961 D.JPG

 

USS QUAPAW ATF-110 Welcome Aboard 1961 E.JPG

 

USS QUAPAW (ATF-110) Three war Abnaki class Fleet Tug in service 1944 to 1985. Quapaw received four battle stars for World War II service, five for the Korean War, and seven for the Vietnam War.

 

Quapaw lighter 001.jpg

 

Quapaw Plaque 001.jpg

 

USS QUAPAW ATF-110 photo 3.jpg

 

USS QUAPAW ATF 110 Snoopy  Patch 01.jpg

 

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The EDENTON class - A new three ship class of Salvage vessels built in England for the U.S. Navy commissioned just in time for Operation End Sweep, the Haiphong Harbor mine clearance in North Vietnam.

 

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USS BEAUFORT (ATS-2) "The Big Deuce", Edenton class rescue salvage ship in service 1972 to 1996, SERVRON 5 Pearl Harbor.

 

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'THE BIG DEUCE' USS BEAUFORT (ATS-2)  Edenton class, part of a new class of Rescue Salvage Tugs built by Brooke Marine, Ltd. in Lowestoft, England for the US Navy.  Only three (3) were built, USS EDENTON, USS BEAUFORT and USS BRUNSWICK.

 

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Photo of BEAUFORT taken in 1973 just after her return from Vietnam where she operated as a support ship for Operation End Sweep in Haiphong Harbor, Gulf of Tonkin, North Vietnam.

 

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Task Force 78, Haiphong Harbor Sweep Detail, Operation End Sweep, Philippine made patch

 

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USS BEAUFORT (ATS-2) "The Big Deuce", Edenton class rescue salvage ship in service 1972 to 1996, SERVRON 5 Pearl Harbor.

 

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Patch circa 1972 - USS BEAUFORT (ATS-2) Alpha Docks, Pearl Harbor Naval Station, Hawaii

 

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Patch circa 1980

 

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Photo: USS BEAUFORT coming alongside USS JOSEPH STRAUSS (DDG-16) to rig her for towing, 2 July 1986

 

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Philippine mahogany plaque from the Chief's Quarters aboard USS BEAUFORT

 

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Large solid brass plaque

 

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USS BEAUFORT ATS-2 NIGHTFIGHTER - Philippine belt buckle from Olongopo (Subic Bay)

 

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TRIESTE II (DSV-1) BATHYSCAPHE Deep Submergence Vehicle in service 1971 to 1984

 

Bathyscaph. L/B/D: Designed by Auguste Piccard. Built: Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, Calif.; 1963. Commissioned Trieste II (DSV-1); June 1971, her hull number was changed to (DSV-1), and in May 1984, when she was assigned to Submarine Development Group 1. She was moved to Keyport in 1985. Final Dispostion: Taken out of service in 1984, she was put on display at the Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport, Washington.
 
Specifications: Design Depth: 20,000 ft. (6,300 m) Length: 78 ft Width: 15 ft. Draft: 21 ft. Weight: 88 tons, Displacement (submerged): 305 tons, Submerged endurance: 12 hours at 2 knots, Crew: 3
 

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TRIESTE II (DSV-1) BATHYSCAPHE Deep Submergence Vehicle in service 1971 to 1984

 

Trieste II was originally certified to operate under submerged stay-times that were limited to eight hours. However, scientists have recorded stay-times that reached 24 hours. She has been changed, improved and redesigned so many times that almost no original parts remain. The most recent changes were made in June 1971, when her hull number was changed to DSV 1, and in May 1984, when she was assigned to Submarine Development Group 1. She was moved to Keyport in 1985.

 

DSV-1 was covertly designed and constructed to recover Soviet ballistic missile nose cones on the bottom of the Pacific. When this color photograph was taken, she had come out of hiding to search the wreckage of the nuclear submarine USS Scorpion. In the background is the modified floating drydock White Sands, which along with the fleet tug Apache and Trieste formed the Integral Operating Unit (IOU).

 

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TRIESTE II (DSV-1) BATHYSCAPHE Deep Submergence Vehicle in service 1971 to 1984

 

The crews of the Trieste, White Sands, Apache, and De Steiguer and the MPL’s Deep-Tow personnel could take great pride in using teamwork, dogged persistence, and a little imagination to glean the maximum benefit from those early technologies while overcoming their concomitant problems. The result was a successful conclusion to what had been “the deepest navigation, search and recovery operation” ever conducted. - From Secretary of the Navy’s Meritorious Unit Citation for the IOU’s mid-Pacific operations (undated).
 
The recovery of RV-3’s film stack preceded the CIA’s Project Azorian mission by more than two years.

 

The Trieste II (DSV-1) continued deep-ocean operations, some public, some classified, until she was deactivated on 18 May 1984.2 The Trieste is now on permanent display at the Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport, Washington
 

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Support ships of IOU's mid Pacific operations - The hunt for the USS SCORPION

 

DSV-1 was covertly designed and constructed to recover Soviet ballistic missile nose cones on the bottom of the Pacific.  When this color photograph was taken, she had come out of hiding to search the wreckage of the nuclear submarine USS Scorpion.  In the background is the modified floating drydock White Sands, which along with the fleet tug Apache and Trieste formed the Integral Operating Unit (IOU)

 

USS APACHE (ATF-67)

 

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Other support ships of IOU's mid Pacific operations

 

USNS DE STEIGUER (T-AGOR-12)

 

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USS POINT LOMA (AGDS-2) In service 1958 to 1991, Converted to Deep Submergence Support Ship for TRIESTE II (DSV-1) in 1969 to replace WHITE SANDS (ARD-20)

 

The IOU was disbanded in 1974, replaced by the one-of-a-kind USNS Point Barrow (T-AKD-1) converted and redesignated the USS Point Loma (AGDS-2). The Point Loma could transport the Trieste at 15 knots. The Navy struck the White Sands from the active list on 1 April 1974; the Apache was decommissioned on 27 February 1974.

 

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USS POINT LOMA (AGDS-2) Mother ship of TRIESTE II

 

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USS POINT LOMA (AGDS-2) In service 1958 to 1991, Converted to Deep Submergence Support Ship for TRIESTE II (DSV-1) in 1969 to replace WHITE SANDS (ARD-20)

 

Point Barrow was laid down 18 September 1956 by Maryland Drydock and Shipbuilding Company of Baltimore, Maryland; launched 25 May 1957; sponsored by Mrs. Ruthven E. Libbey; and delivered to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) 28 May 1958, where she was placed in service the following day. Especially designed for Arctic operations, Point Barrow was constructed along the general lines of a landing ship dock, but with strengthened hull and bow, and special insulation. After providing logistic support for U.S. forces in the Arctic, in 1962, Point Barrow transported huge fixed array radar antennas for the USS Enterprise and USS Long Beach to the East Coast.
 
After extensive modification in June, 1965 Point Barrow carried Saturn rockets from California to Cape Kennedy for NASA’s manned space flight program. T–AKD–1 also ferried LCMs to Southeast Asia in 1968 and 1969. Reclassified a "Deep Submergence Support Ship" and renamed USS Point Loma (AGDS-2) circa 1974, she was ultimately placed out of service and struck from the Naval Vessel Register 28 September 1993. Custody was transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay in Benecia, California. Point Loma was scrapped by Marine Metal Inc. of Brownsville, Texas on 27 October 2006.

 

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USS POINT LOMA (AGDS-2) In service 1958 to 1991, Converted to Deep Submergence Support Ship for TRIESTE II (DSV-1) in 1969 to replace WHITE SANDS (ARD-20)

 

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