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USS Gazelle (IX-116)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Golf - Hotel
NJGH
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


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


Armadillo Class Mobile Station Tanker:
  • Laid down, 11 October 1943, as SS Cyrus K. Holliday, a Maritime Commission type (Z-ET1-S-C3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1905), at California Shipbuilding Co., Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched, 9 November 1943
  • Commissioned, USS Gazelle (IX-116), 29 November 1943, at San Pedro, CA., LT. Joseph P. Marshall in command
  • During World War II USS Gazelle was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Marshall Islands operation
    Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 2 to 8 February 1944
    Occupation of Eniwetok Atoll, 18 to 26 February 1944
  • Following World War II Gazelle performed occupation duty in the Far East, remaining at Jensen Ko, Korea as a unit of the Korean Service Group
  • Decommissioned, 9 May 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 10 May 1946, name reverted to SS Cyrus K. Holliday
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 21 May 1946
  • Commercial History
  • Sold in May 1948 by the Maritime Commission to Intercontinental Steamship Corp., renamed SS Evistar, US flagged
  • Renamed SS Chrysstar in 1949, same owner
  • Sold in 1950 to Liberian Shipping Inc., Monrovia, Liberian flagged, renamed SS Chrysanthy
  • Converted in 1955 to a dry cargo ship at Antwerp, renamed SS Rhapsody
  • Reflagged Greek flag in 1955
  • Renamed SS Fos in 1960, same owner.
  • Sold in 1966 to Trans-Pacific Shipping Co, renamed SS Pacific Logger, Liberian flagged
  • Sold to Taiwan breakers and scrapped at Kaohsiung in September 1968
  • USS Gazelle received one battle star for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 14,500 t.
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 11.5 kts
    Complement
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 103
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity 8,500 DWT
    Oil 63,000 bbls
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 13,700 Bbls
    Propulsion
    Joshua Hendy Ironworks vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
    two Babcock and Wilcox boilers, 220psi 450°
    three recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 2,500shp
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    Gazelle 61k Ex USS Gazelle (IX-116) in commercial service as SS Fos, date and location unknown.
    ©Alex Duncan.
    David Nixon and
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Gazelle (IX-116) Miscellaenous Items of Interest
    View the USS Gazelle (IX-116)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Marshall, Joseph P.USNR29 November 1943 - 18 April 1944
    02LT. Hodgkins, Wyman W. USNR18 April 1944 - 17 May 1944
    03LT. Koeller, John B.USNR17 May 1944 - 1 November 1945
    04LT. Evans, Frank BowenUSNR1 November 1945 - 9 May 1946
    Courtesy Russ Taylor

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

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