"Any man who may be asked in this century
what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think
can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction,
I served in the United States Navy,"

John F. Kennedy


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Here's More Information on USS Atakapa ATF 149
USS Atakapa (ATF-149) was an Abnaki-class of fleet ocean tug.
It was named after the Atakapa Native American tribe

The Atakapa-Ishak (uh-TAK-uh-paw - ee-SHAK) are a Southwest Louisiana/Southeast Texas tribe
of ancient Natives who lived in the Gulf of Mexico's northwestern crescent and called themselves Ishak.
The name comes from a Choctaw word that means "Man-Eaters".
Atakapa Pronunciation
When the USS Atakapa was commissioned in 1944 Kennith Laird GM1/C was there.
He also attended our 2007 USS Atakapa reunion. Kennith said in 1944 Atakapa was pronounced
the same as the Native People, (uh-TAK-uh-paw). Some time after that the pronunciation
changed to, (AT-uh-KAP-uh)

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