"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
of USS Atakapa
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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 means The People.
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)
USS Atakapa Info Links:
USS Atakapa Location Now
Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek
All Tuggers are encouraged to join
The National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors (NAFTS)
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