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USS Caribou (IX-114)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Golf - Alpha
NJGA
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
    Specifications:
    Displacement 14,500 t.
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 11 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 13
    Enlisted 103
    Cargo Capacity 8,500DWT
    Oil 63,000 Bbls
    Armament
    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
    Propulsion
    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 Shipscribe.com
    Mike Green

    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

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