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USS Caribou (IX-114)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Golf - Alpha
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 - Philippines Liberation Medal
Armadillo Class Mobile Station Tanker:
Laid down, date unknown, as Nathaniel B. Palmer, a Maritime Commission type (Z-ET1-S-C3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1903), at California Shipbuilding Co., Wilmington, CA.
Launched, 2 November 1943
Commissioned, USS Caribou (IX-114), 25 November 1943, at San Pedro, CA., LCDR. A. J. Nall in command
During World War II USS Caribou was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
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Leyte landings, 18 October to 29 November 1944
USS Caribou pumped more than 70 million gallons of fuel to some 850 ships during her brief US Navy career
Decommissioned, 3 May 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Transferred to the War Shipping Administration at Lee Hall VA. for disposal, 6 May 1946, name reverted to SS Nathaniel B. Palmer
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Sold to Palmer Shipping Corp., 2 June 1948
Converted to a dry cargo ship at Newport News Shipbuilding Corp., Newport News, VA. in 1951
Resold in May 1952, name retained
Ran aground in November 1952 off Buenos Aires, Argentina, while underway in ballast, refloated and repaired
Resold to London Salvage Association in December 1952, reflagged United Kingdom
Resold in 1962, renamed SS Manolito, flag unknown
Renamed SS Manegina in November 1962
Final Disposition, scrapped at Savona, Italy
USS Caribou earned one battle star for World War II service
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 Caribou (IX-114) probably underway in San Francisco Bay in early 1946 on her way from Guam to Norfolk, VA., for decommissioning.
US Navy photo courtesy Shipscribe.com
USS Caribou (IX-114)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 24 May 2013
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