USS Kewaydin (AT-24)
USS Kewaydin (AT-24) was an sclass|Bagaduce|fleet tug laid down for the
U.S. Navyin the closing days of World War Iand continued in operation throughout World War II.
"Kewaydin" (AT-24) was launched
25 June 1919by Ferguson Steel & IronCo., Buffalo, New York; accepted by the Navy 31 October, and commissioned as "USS Kewaydin" (Fleet Tug No. 24), 4 November 1919, Lt. M. A. McDuffied in command. She was redesignated Fleet Tug (AT-24), 17 July 1920, and on 14 May 1944, she was reclassified Fleet Tug Old, (ATO-24).
Post-World War I operations
Assigned to the
5th Naval District, "Kewaydin" arrived Norfolk, Virginia, 19 June 1920. For more than 22 years she operated out of Norfolk from Boston, Massachusetts, to Charleston, South Carolina, towing ships and targets and performing yard, harbor, and salvage duty.
World War II North Atlantic operations
New York 16 November 1942with a Iceland-bound convoyand was damaged while steaming through heavy seas 19- 27 NovemberAfter repairs at St. Johns, Newfoundland, she arrived Hvalfjörður, Iceland, 22 December. Assigned to the Naval Operating Base, she towed gasoline barges, provided harbor tug services, and assisted in salvage operations. On 13 April 1943she assisted in freeing USS|Uranus|AF-14|6, grounded off Akureyrialong the northern coast of Iceland.
Coastal rescue operations
Reykjavík 19 Aprilfor Argentia, Newfoundland, where she arrived 28 Aprilfor duty as harbor tug and target-towing ship for Task Force22. She served at Argentia until she sailed 2 Junefor Norfolk, arriving on the 7th. Resuming duty out of Norfolk, "Kewaydin" towed antisubmarineand surface targets in Chesapeake Bayand steamed from Maineto South Carolinaon towing and salvage duty. While steaming off Cape Henry17 and 18 November, she helped to free grounded USS|Melville|AD-2|6; and during towing operations along the New Englandcoast 11 to 13 December, she searched for SS "Suffolk", disabled in heavy seas.
Sailing the Atlantic for England
Departing Charleston, South Carolina,
25 January 1944, "Kewaydin" steamed in convoy via Bermudaand the Azoresfor England. She reached Falmouth, England on 13 March, and for more than 2 months she made towing runs along the southern coast of England from Falmouth to the River Thames.
Supporting the Normandy invasion
Reclassified as ATO-24 on
13 April, "Kewaydin" joined in the Normandy Invasion. Departing Selsey, England, 8 June, she towed lightship "AL-28" to Utah Beachat St. Laurent, France. Between 8 Juneand 14 January 1945she made 22 Channel crossings. Although harassed by unfavorable weather and German V-1 robot-bombs, she towed barges and landing craft from Lee-on-Solent, Falmouth, Plymouth, Portland, and other English ports to St. Laurent, Arromanches, Cherbourg, and Calais, France. While anchored at Dungeness, England on 29 June, she was slightly damaged by a V-1 robot-bomb that exploded close aboard after being shot down by British fighters.
"Kewaydin" continued operating along the English coast until she departed
Plymouth, England, 16 March 1945for the United States. Steaming via Belfast, Northern Ireland, she reached Cape Cod, Massachusettson 12 Apriland arrived Norfolk 22 April. After a complete overhaul, she sailed 16 Junewith "YR-31" in tow. Steaming via Bermuda, Cuba, and the Panama Canal, she reached San Diego, Californiaon 31 Julyas the Navy's final blows against Japan brought the war in the Pacific to a close. "Kewaydin" decommissioned at San Diego 10 Decemberand was transferred to the Maritime Commission. She was sold to Bay Cities Transportation Co., San Francisco, California, 23 December.
Military awards and honors
"Kewaydin" received one
battle starfor World War II service. Her crew members were authorized the following medals:
* American Defense Medal (with Fleet clasp)
* American Campaign Medal
* Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1)
* World War II Victory Medal
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