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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.
  • 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 sunk
    Displacement 1,411 t. (lim)
    Length 189' 9"
    Beam 30'
    Draft 15' 9" (lim)
    Speed 9 kts. (trial)
    Officers 7
    Enlisted 54
    one single 3"/50 gun mount
    four .50 cal. machine guns
    two depth charge tracks
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 1,300 Bbls
    one vertical triple-expansion steam engine
    two Scotch boilers, 185psi, &Sat
    single propeller

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    Kailua 50k USS Kailua (IX-71) underway, 17 July 1943, location unknown.
    US Navy photo DANFS
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.

    USS Kailua (IX-71)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Bower, Carl R.5 May 1943 - ?
    02LT. Markham, Charles A.30 September 1944 - ?
    03LT. Peabody, Julian L.January 1945 - ?
    04ENS. 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

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