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USS Kailua (IX-71)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Papa - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Launched in 1923 as SS Dickenson, at Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Chester, PA.
Prior to WWII SS Dickenson served as a cable ship for Commercial Pacific Cable Co., tasked with laying communication networks, repairing cable and carrying supplies between 1923 and 1941, serving Midway and Fanning Island. During this period she was also chartered by British Telco Cable and Wireless Ltd. to evacuate company employees from Fanning Island during the first two year of WWII prior to the U.S.'s official involvement in the war
Acquired by the Navy, 19 May 1942
Commissioned USS Kailua (IX-71), 5 May 1943, LT. Carl R. Bower in command
During World War II USS Kailua was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, Service Squadron Seven
Decommissioned, 29 October 1945, at Pearl Harbor, T. H.
Struck from the Naval Register, 19 December 1946
Final Disposition, intentionally torpedoed in February 1946 twenty miles off Oahu, HI. coming to rest upright in 2,000 ft. of water
Displacement 1,411 t. (lim)
Length 189' 9"
Draft 15' 9" (lim)
Speed 9 kts. (trial)
one single 3"/50 gun mount
four .50 cal. machine guns
two depth charge tracks
NSFO 1,300 Bbls
one vertical triple-expansion steam engine
two Scotch boilers, 185psi, &Sat
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||USS Kailua (IX-71) underway, 17 July 1943, location unknown.
US Navy photo DANFS
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
USS Kailua (IX-71)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Bower, Carl R.||5 May 1943 - ?|
|02||LT. Markham, Charles A.||30 September 1944 - ?|
|03||LT. Peabody, Julian L.||January 1945 - ?|
|04||ENS. Reimer, Arthur J.||27 October 1945 - 29 October 1945|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 12 December 2014
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