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USS Silver Cloud (IX-143)
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USS Alameda (AO-10) (1920 - 1922)
USS Alameda (Fuel Ship #10) (1919 - 1920)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Romeo - Sierra
NJRS
USS Silver Cloud Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Medal


Alameda Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, under a USSB contract, at William Crump & Sons, Ship and Engine Building Co., Philadelphia, PA.
  • Launched, 15 July 1919
  • Commissioned, USS Alameda (Fuel Ship #10), 17 October 1919, CDR. Malcolm P. Nash, USNRF, in command
  • Designated Fleet Oiler (AO-10), 17 July 1920
  • Damaged beyond economical repair by an engine fire, off Cape Henry, VA., 19 November 1921
  • Decommissioned, 29 March 1922, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, August 1922
  • Sold, 9 August 1922, for commercial service,
  • Entered merchant service in 1925 as SS Olean
  • SS Olean was torpedoed, 15 March 1942 off Cape Lookout by the German U-158
  • She was first declared a total loss, taken over by the War Shipping Administration (WSA) in April 1942
  • Returned to service in April 1943 as SS Sweep
  • Acquired by the Navy on a bare-boat basis at Eniwetok, Marshall Islands, 12 July 1944, for use as a Mobile Floating Storage Tanker
  • Commissioned USS Silver Cloud (IX-143), 12 July 1944, LCDR. H. R. Will USNR, in command
  • Decommissioned and delivered, 29 March 1946, to the War Shipping Administration (WSA) at Mobile, AL. for disposal
  • Struck from the Navy Register, 17 April 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 21 January 1947, to Pinto Island Metals Co.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 4,410 t.(lt) 14,450 t.(fl)
    Length 446'
    Beam 58' 2"'
    Draft 25' 6"
    Speed 11 kts.
    Complement
    Alameda - 252
    Silver Cloud - 132
    Armament
    Alameda - two 5" two 3", 2 .50 cal mgs.
    Silver Cloud - one 4" gun mount, one 3"/50 gun mount
    Propulsion
    one reciprocating steam engine
    single shaft, 2,800shp

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    USS Alameda (AO-10)
    Alameda 38k USS Alameda (AO-10) moored pierside at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA., 7 March 1921.
    Panoramic photograph by Crosby, "Naval Photographer", 324 First Street, Portsmouth, Virginia.
    Donation of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, 1970..
    US Navy photo # NH 103100 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    USS Silver Cloud (IX-143)
    William P Biddle 3417k USS Silver Cloud (IX-143) is alongside of USS William P. Biddle (APA-8) as she discharges troops over the side at Mindoro Island, Philippines, 9 February 1945. David C. Hoover

    USS Alameda (AO-10)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    USS Silver Cloud (IX-143)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Nash, Malcolm P.17 October 1919 - ?Alameda
    01LCDR. Will, Howard Robert12 July 1944 - 12 March 1947Silver Cloud
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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