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Fleet Tug Sailors: A History

Fleet Tug Sailors: A History

Publisher's Message: As the nation's leading publisher of military history, I've certainly heard my share of sailor stories over the years. My father was a navy veteran of World War II and it is true that I hold all naval organizations very close to my heart. As you read the following stories, it is... more

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Publisher's Message: As the nation's leading publisher of military history, I've certainly heard my share of sailor stories over the years. My father was a navy veteran of World War II and it is true that I hold all naval organizations very close to my heart. As you read the following stories, it is almost as if listening to tales from old friends. There is lesson to be drawn from the fact that sometimes in life, the little things can make a big difference. And perhaps, this is a lesson readily familiar to those sailors who served on ships such as the Carib, Kalmia, Pegeon, Molala and all the other ATs, ATAs, and YTBs whose name or number designation may have eluded historical notoriety on a grand scale. These small vessels, with their meager but mighty crews, have proved themselves critically essential to those larger ships in the body of our Navy time and time again. Whether towing crippled ships from harm's way or performing the myriad of other salvage, supply or rescue duties, the crews of the fleet tugs have distinguished themselves by genuinely facilitating the complete functioning of our forces at sea.