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History- USS Quapaw ATF 110

Ever wondered where the Name Quapaw
came from: The name "Quapaw" is a derivative of the tribal term Ugakhpa,
which means "down stream people." This tribe belonged to the Dhegiha
a subdivision of the Sioux. It is believed that they originally resided
in the Ohio Valley. The tribe left this region following the Ohio River
downstream to the Mississippi River and eventually settled in the land
which is now Arkansas.
Quapaw
The first Quapaw (AT–110), an auxiliary ocean tug, was laid down by
United Engineering Co., Alameda, Calif. 28 December 1942; launched 15 May 1943;
sponsored by Mrs. N. Lehman; and commissioned 6 May 1944,
Lt. Comdr. N. H. Castle in command.
Redesignated ATF–110, 15 May 1944, Quapaw steamed for San Francisco
after shakedown out of San Pedro and San Diego, Calif. through 16 June.
She departed San Francisco 21 June 1944, enroute the Admiralty Islands.
After calling at Honolulu, where she delivered an Army barge, a dump scow,
and a derrick, she steamed 12 July via the Ellice Islands and Milne Bay, New Guinea,
arriving Manus, Admiralty Islands 14 August.

Following several harbor tow assignments, she departed 17 August
with a deck cargo of 7,500 bbls. of aviation gasoline and 49 motor torpedo
boat engines, and with a gasoline barge in tow. These she delivered to
Mios Woendi Lagoon, whence she steamed to Maffin Bay where she received orders
to stand by in preparation for the landings on Morotai Island.

With a convoy of liberty ships, minesweepers, and landing craft, together with
screening destroyers, Quapaw entered Morotai Harbor the morning of
16 September 1944. She remained through I October, primarily engaged in
retracting LSTs from the beach of Pitoe Bay.

From 20 October 1944 through 1 January 1945, Quapaw was operating in
San Pedro Bay in support of the Leyte operation. Her assignments entailed
salvage, firefighting, and towing operations.

Landings were made at Lingayen 9 January 1945 and Quapaw was assigned patrol
of both attack areas to render all necessary assistance. She retracted
landing ships, made repairs and conducted towing operations until 21 February.
She then steamed to Mindoro. She departed Mangarin Bay 26 February as a unit
of Admiral W. M. Fechteler’s TG 78.2, enroute Puerto Princesa, Palawan,
for initial assaults against that island. Enroute Quapaw took LCI–683
in tow when the latter was unable to maintain convoy speed.
The landing forces went asbore 28 February and Quapaw retracted landing craft
from the beaches east of Puerto Princesa and in the vicinity of the city jetty.
She returned to Mangarin Bay, 5 March.

From 8 through 25 March Quapaw participated in salvage and demolition work,
and assisted in clearing harbor wreckage, with intervening repair and
tow missions at Zamboanga, Mindanao, P.I. Further salvage, tow,
and repair missions preceeded overhaul at Hollandia, New Guinea,
commencing 29 May. The tug departed 25 June for Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides,
from where she steamed 6 July with one section of a battleship drydock in tow
for Samar, P.I. With the end of hostilities she continued towing services between
various ports of the Philippines, with frequent service to Manus
and back through 28 April 1946.

Quapaw departed Subic Bay for the United States 16 June 1946, arriving
San Francisco, Calif. 14 July. After overhaul at Mare Island Naval Shipyard,
the tug continued coastal and trans-Pacific towing operations until
21 December 1947. She was placed in an inactive status at San Francisco
until 30 April 1948 when she was placed out of commission, in reserve.

Quapaw recommissioned 5 December 1950 at Alameda, Calif., Lt. Fleming M. Christian
in command. After refresher training out of San Diego through January 1951,
she steamed via Bremerton, Wash. with a barracks ship in tow for Pearl Harbor.
Arriving 14 February 1951, she commenced operations under
Commander Service Force, Pacific.

The fleet tug provided services at Inchon, Korea 30 April–17 July 1951,
and at Wonsan 19 July–3 August. Towing services at Sasebo and Yokosuka,
Japan were interrupted by patrol duty at Wonsan, Korea 26 October–20 November
1952, and by operation in the areas of Cho Do and Taechong Do, Korea
17 January–14 February 1953. Quapaw also conducted patrols in Korean waters
in March and April of 1953.

Quapaw has since continued to provide services to the Fleet out of her homeport
of Pearl Harbor in 1970. Annual WestPac deployments have been interspersed with
assignments throughout mid-Pacific areas, as well as by occassional duty as
search and rescue vessel out of Adak, Alaska.

Quapaw received four battle stars for World War II service and five for the
Korean conflict.



USS Quapaw ATF-110


Displayed with permission of Navsource

AT-110 / ATF-110 Quapaw


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons





Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4 stars) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal (2 stars) - Korean Service Medal (5 stars) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1 star-Korea, 1 star-Op. Frequent Wind)
Fourth Row - Vietnam Service Medal (7 stars) - Humanitarian Service Medal (1 star-Frequent Wind) - Philippine Liberation Medal
Fifth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


Navajo Class Fleet Ocean Tug:
  • Laid down, 28 December 1942, at United Engineers and Drydock Co., Alameda, CA.
  • Launched, 15 May 1943
  • Commissioned, USS Quapaw (AT-110), 6 May 1944, LCDR. N. H. Castle in command
  • Reclassified as Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF-110), 15 May 1944
  • During the Korean War Quapaw (ATF-110) participated in the following campaigns:
    First UN Counter Offensive
    30 March to 21 April 1951
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    22 April to 25 May 1951
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    19 July to 3 August 1951
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    26 October to 20 November 1952
    Third Korean Winter
    17 January to 14 February 1953
    13 March to 9 April 1953
    12 April 1953
  • During the Vietnam War Quapaw (ATF-110) participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam Counteroffensive
    15 June to 30 June 1966
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase II
    1 July 1966
    15 June to 1 July 1966
    10 to 27 July 1966
    13 to 18 September 1966
    Tet Counteroffensive
    4 to 9 February 1968
    19 February to 1 April 1968
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    2 to 22 April 1968
    Tet69/Counteroffensive
    2 to 4 March 1969
    18 to 19 April 1969
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    21 to 24 June 1969
    8 to 10 July 1969
    Vietnam Ceasefire
    14 to 17 November 1972
  • Decommissioned, 30 August 1985
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 January 1992
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • Quapaw received four battle stars for World War II service, five for the Korean War and seven for the Vietnam War
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,240 t.(lt) 1,589 t.(fl)
    Length 205'
    Beam 38' 6"
    Draft 15' 4"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Complement 85
    Armament one single 3"/50 gun mount, two twin 40mm gun mounts, two single 20mm guns
    Propulsion diesel-electric, four Alco diesel main engines driving four General Electric generators and three General Motors 3-268A auxiliary services engines, single screw
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    Quapaw 32k Quapaw (ATF-110) underway, date and place unknown. Submitted by J C & David Conner to National
    Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Quapaw 67k Quapaw (ATF-110) moored, date and place unknown. Submitted by Tom Pyle to National
    Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Quapaw 39k Quapaw (ATF-110) underway, date and place unknown. Submitted by Joe Siesel to National
    Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Quapaw 42k Quapaw (ATF-110) underway, date and place unknown. Submitted by Joe Siesel to National
    Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Quapaw 49k Quapaw (ATF-110) underway, date and place unknown. Submitted by Joe Siesel to National
    Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Quapaw 106k Quapaw (ATF-110) moored to a buoy at Sasebo, Japan, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, December 1953
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Quapaw 93k Quapaw (ATF-110) at anchor, Sasebo, Japan, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, July 1957
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Quapaw 198k Nautilus (SSN-571), tow being rigged to Quapaw (ATF 110) on the first leg on her journey to Groton.
    US Navy photo.
    Darryl Baker
    Nautilus 221k Nautilus (SSN-571) and Quapaw (ATF 110) sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge on 28 May 1985.
    US Navy photo.
    Darryl Baker
    Quapaw 90k ex-Quapaw (ATF 110) moored inboard of ex-Moctobi (ATF-105), date unknown, Sausalito, CA. Note the bow of the old wooden hulled West Coast passenger and freight steamer Wapama (1915) is just visible in this photo. Wapama is the last of 215 passenger and freight steamers that served the West Coast. She is being restored for inclusion in the collection of the San Francisco Maritime Museum located at the foot of Hyde Street in San Francisco. Roger Herbst
    Moctobi 143k ex-Moctobi (ATF 105) moored to port of the ex-Quapaw (ATF-110), date unknown, Sausalito, CA. The stern of Quapaw is just visible in this photo. Roger Herbst
    Quapaw 118k ex-Quapaw (ATF 110) and ex-Moctobi (ATF-105) moored astern of the old wooden hulled West Coast passenger and freight steamer Wapama, date unknown, Sausalito, CA. Roger Herbst
    Quapaw 85k ex-Quapaw (ATF 110) and ex-Moctobi (ATF-105) moored astern of the old wooden hulled West Coast passenger and freight steamer Wapama, date unknown, Sausalito, CA. Roger Herbst
    Quapaw 109k ex-Quapaw (ATF 110) moored astern of the old wooden hulled West Coast passenger and freight steamer Wapama, date unknown, Sausalito, CA. Roger Herbst
    Quapaw 99k ex-Quapaw (ATF 110) stern view, close-up, date unknown, Sausalito, CA. Roger Herbst
    Quapaw 138k ex-Quapaw (ATF 110) moored pierside at Sausalito, CA. Roger Herbst

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