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USS Ocelot (IX-110)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Foxtrot - Delta
NJFD


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippine Liberation Medal


  • Built in 1919 as wooded-hulled SS Yomachichi by Doullet and Williams, Tampa, FL. for the United States Shipping Board (USSB)
  • Completed, 16 October 1919 and delivered to the USSB
  • Chartered to United States Lines, 11 March 1940, by the War Shipping Administration (WSA) at Baltimore, MD.
  • Accepted by the Navy under bare boat charter from the WSA, 2 October 1943
  • Converted to a barracks ship
  • Commissioned USS Ocelot (IX-110), 15 January 1944, LT. Milton S. Samuels in command
  • During World War II USS Ocelot was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Converted to a flagship for Service Squadron 10 at Pearl Harbor, in October 1944
  • Following World War II USS Ocelot was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 13 September to 6 December 1945
  • Lost due to grounding during "Typhoon Louise" at Buckner Bay, Okinawa, 9 October 1945
    Read first person account by Y3/c B. J. Cunningham Jr. USNR USS Ocelot published in the "Grand Island Daily Independent" on September 25, 1945
  • Decommissioned 6 December 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 January 1946
  • Returned the War Shipping Administration, 5 April 1946
  • Final Disposition, USS Ocelot's hulk was sold to China Merchants and Engineers Inc., for scrapping, 19 February 1948.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 5,868 t.(lt) 8,747 t.(fl) .
    Length 416'
    Beam 54'
    Draft 18' 9"
    Speed 13 kts
    Total Accommodation
    Officers 81
    Enlisted 738
    Armament
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    one single 40mm AA gun mount
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 12,600 Bbls
    Propulsion
    Busch Sulzer Brothers six cylinder (30in bore, 52in stroke), direct drive, air start - air injection cross-arm type Diesel engine
    Ship's Service Generators
    three Diesel-drive 100Kw 120.240V D.C.
    three Diesel-drive 75Kw 340V D.C.
    single propeller, 3000shp

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    Ocelot 109k USS Ocelot (IX-110) underway following conversion for naval service, 23 January 1944, in Chesapeake Bay off her conversion yard, Maryland Drydock Co., Baltimore, MD.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo No. Unknown, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Ocelot 121k USS Ocelot (IX-110) underway off the Atlantic coast, 6 May 1944. Photographed by an aircraft from the Norfolk Naval Air Station. Ocelot is painted in Measure 31 Design 9Ax camouflage.
    U.S. National Archives, RG-80-G, photo # 80-G-229574, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Ocelot 75k USS Ocelot (IX-110) at Ulithi while serving as Service Squadron Ten flagship, 6 May 1945. This photo appears to have been taken while the crew was airing bedding, note the mattresses hanging over the railings.
    US Navy photo from DANFS. Ocelot is painted in Measure 31 Design 9Ax camouflage
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Ocelot 78k USS Ocelot (IX-110) aground in Buckner Bay, Okinawa, with her stern severed by USS Nestor (ARB-6), after Typhoon Louise ravaged that port in October 1945. Nestor's bow is in the center of this photo. Photographed in November 1945. After a desperate struggle to save their ship while not colliding with others, the crew of Nestor took refuge inUSS APL-14, visible beyond her, against which her stern had been crushed. All three of these ships were stricken from the Navy List in January 1946 and sold in 1947-48.
    US Navy photo # NH 105655 from the US Naval History and Heritage Command, collection of Dr. Richard Raymond Gratton (1915-1990), donated by his daughter, Barbara Gratton Stillwater, 2008.
    Marc Levine
    Ocelot 77k USS Ocelot (IX-110) aground in Buckner Bay, Okinawa, after Typhoon Louise ravaged that port in October 1945. Photographed in November 1945. Her stern was cut off when USS Nestor (ARB-6), visible to the right, crashed into her during the storm.
    US Navy photo # NH 05658 from the US Naval History and Heritage Command, collection of Dr. Richard Raymond Gratton (1915-1990), donated by his daughter, Barbara Gratton Stillwater, 2008.
    Marc Levine
    Nestor 481k USS Ocelot (IX-110) with USS Nestor (ARB-6) and unidentified sunken tug alongside. Foreground is YF-776 and USS LCI(R)-337, all either destroyed or run aground by Typhoon Louis at Buckner Bay, Okinawa, in October 1945.
    US Navy photo
    Donn Cuson
    Nestor 359k The wrecks of USS Ocelot (IX-110) and USS Nestor (ARB-6) at Buckner Bay, Okinawa, in October 1945.
    US Navy photo
    Donn Cuson
    Nestor 384k The wrecks of USS Ocelot (IX-110) and USS Nestor (ARB-6) and USS APL-14 at Buckner Bay, Okinawa, in October 1945. Also note open lighter near Ocelot, an unidentified tug and LCI.
    US Navy photo
    Donn Cuson

    USS Ocelot (IX-110)
    DANFS
    history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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