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USS Camel (IX-113)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Hotel - India
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, date unknown, as SS William H. Carruth, a Maritime Commission type (Z-ET1-S-C3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1902), at California Shipbuilding Co., Wilmington, CA.
Launched, 31 October 1943
Commissioned, USS Camel (IX-113), 22 November 1943, at San Pedro, CA., LT. D. Dunham, Jr., USNR, in command
During World War II USS Camel was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 30 March to 30 June 1945
Decommissioned, 22 May 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
USS Camel earned one battle star for World War II service
Transferred, 24 May 1946, to the Maritime Commission James River Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, VA., for disposal, name reverted to SS William H. Carruth
Contract awarded for reconvert for merchant service, 29 January 1948
Sold to Albatross Shipping Co. 23 July 1948
Resold to Transfuel Corp in September 1948
Converted to dry cargo ship in at Savannah, GA. in 1949
Sold to Penntrans Co. of N.Y., renamed SS Penn Shipper, in February 1959
Resold to Halcyon Steamship Co., 16 January 1962, renamed SS Halcyon Pioneer
Title transferred to the Maritime Administration, 30 April 1963
Bare bottom charter, Halcyon Steamship Co., 30 April 1963
De-activated, 24 May 1963 and laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
Final Disposition, sold, 24 September 1963, to Zidell Explorations, Inc. for scrapping at Tacoma, WA.
Displacement 14,500 t.
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 28' 4"
Speed 11 kts.
Cargo Capacity 8,500DWT
Oil 63,000 Bbls
one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
eight 20mm AA guns
NSFO 13,700 Bbls
one vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
two Babcock and Wilcox boilers, 225psi 450°
three recip-drive 20Kw 120v D.C. Ships' Service Generators
one propeller, 2,500shp
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|USS Camel (IX-113)
||USS Camel (IX-113) officers and ship mascot The officer seated in the middle holding the ship's monkey mascot is ENS. Herbert R. Stender, the father of Jock Stender. The photo was taken sometime between 1944 and 1946. Photo courtesy Jock Stender.
||Ex-USS Camel (IX-113) under way as Transfuel Corp. SS William H. Carruth, circa September 1948.
USS Camel (IX-113)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 7 September 2018
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