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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:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    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
  • Commercial Service
  • 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.
    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 87k 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
    Mike Green

    USS Caribou (IX-114)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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