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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 top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

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:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 30 March to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS Camel was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East
  • Decommissioned, 22 May 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 24 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS Camel received one battle star for World War II service
    Displacement 14,500 t.
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 11 kts.
    Officers 13
    Enlisted 103
    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
    Fuel Capacity
    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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    Camel 53k 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. Robert Hurst

    USS Camel (IX-113)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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