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USS Armadillo (IX-111)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Golf - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Armadillo Class Mobile Station Tanker:
Laid down, 24 September 1943, as the tanker SS Sidney Howard, a Maritime Commission type (Z-ET1-S-C3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1900) at California Shipbuilding Co., Wilmington, CA.
Launched, 26 October 1943
Commissioned, USS Armadillo (IX-111), 18 November 1943, at San Pedro, CA., LT. Michael R. Meyer in command
During World War II USS Armadillo was assigned to Service Force, Pacific Fleet and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 14 April to 30 June 1945
Decommissioned, 29 May 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 29 May 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 19 June 1946
Sold, 14 April 1948, to Windear Navigation Co., renamed SS Dean H.
Sold foreign, reflagged Liberian, November 1954
Converted to a dry cargo ship at Jacksonville, FL. in 1955
Sold, 2 March 1959, to Winco Tankers Inc., reflagged US, renamed SS Chris H.
Title transferred to MARAD, 26 December 1962, chartered to Winco Tankers Inc.
Returned to the Maritime Administration, 7 February 1963, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 22 February 1972, to N. V. Intershitra, delivered, 10 March 1972, scrapped at Castellon, Spain
USS Armadillo earned one battle star for her World War II service
Displacement 14,500 t.
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 28' 4"
Speed 11 kts.
Cargo Capacity 8.500 t.
Oil 63,000 Bbls
one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
one single 3"/50 gun mount
eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
Fuel Capacity NSFO 13,700 Bbls
one vertical triple expansion steam engine
two Babcock & Wilcox boilers, 215psi, 450°
three Reciprocating 20Kw 120V D.C. Ships' Service Generators
single propeller, 2,500 shp
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||Ex-USS Armadillo (IX-111) underway in commercial service as Winco Tankers Inc.SS Chris H.
USS Armadillo (IX-111)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 18 January 2013
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