USS Pawnee (ATF-74)
|Builder:||United Engineering Company, Alameda, California|
|Laid down:||23 October 1941|
|Launched:||31 March 1942|
|Commissioned:||7 November 1942|
|Reclassified:||ATF–74, 15 May 1944|
|Struck:||1 September 1962|
|Class and type:||Navajo-class fleet tug|
|Displacement:||1,675 long tons (1,702 t)|
|Length:||205 ft (62 m)|
|Beam:||38 ft 6 in (11.73 m)|
|Draft:||15 ft 4 in (4.67 m)|
|Speed:||16.5 knots (30.6 km/h; 19.0 mph)|
|Complement:||85 officers and enlisted|
Pawnee was laid down on 23 October 1941 by the United Engineering Company, Alameda, California; launched on 31 March 1942; sponsored by Mrs. Virginia Stiegler; and commissioned on 7 November 1942, Lt. (j.g.) Frank C. Dilworth in command.
After Pacific coast shakedown Pawnee was assigned to Service Force, Pacific. In December 1942, she steamed for Pearl Harbor and commenced towing operations. She stood out of Pearl Harbor in early January, steamed for the forward Pacific area with ARD–5 in tow, and reported to ComSoPac for duty the 29th at Espiritu Santo.
Pawnee operated in the Solomons from June through August 1943, providing towing services at New Georgia and Rendova. She next provided services at Vella Lavella until October. Other operations took her to the Western Carolines as well as to Okinawa, Leyte, and Luzon. She was reclassified as ATF–74 on 15 May 1944.
She served with the Naval Occupation Forces in the Philippines from 28 September 1945 until 24 February 1946, when she sailed to Pearl Harbor. In January 1947 she decommissioned and entered the Columbia River Group of the Pacific Reserve Fleet. Pawnee was struck from the Navy List on 1 September 1962 and placed in the Maritime Reserve Fleet, Olympia, Washington, where she remained into 1971.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Mason, Theodore C. (1996). We Will Stand By You: Serving in the Pawnee, 1942-1945. Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-581-0. A personal account of a radioman who served aboard the Pawnee from her commissioning until 1945.
- Photo gallery of USS Pawnee at NavSource Naval History