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USS Kangaroo (IX-121)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Lima - Golf
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 - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Armadillo Class Mobile Station Tanker:
Laid down, 28 September 1943, as SS Paul Tulane, a Maritime Commission type (Z-ET1-S-C3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE 1929) at Delta Shipbuilding Co., New Orleans, LA.
Renamed SS Kangaroo 27 October 1943
Launched, 6 November 1943
Acquired by the Navy 17 December 1943, New Orleans, LA.
Commissioned USS Kangaroo (IX-121), 20 December 1943, LT. G. D. Lawson in command
During World War II Kangaroo was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Decommissioned, 13 May 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register and delivered to the War Shipping Administration (WSA), 14 May 1946, at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA. for disposal
Sold, 3 May 1948, to Federal Motorship Corp., renamed SS Mostank
Sold in 1950 to a Norwegian owner, reflagged Norway
Sold in December 1954 to Seaforth S.S. Corp, renamed SS Seabrave, reflagged Panamanian
Converted to a dry cargo carrier in 1954 at Schiedam (Netherlands), renamed SS Niborio
Sold in 1967 to Greece owners, renamed SS Andros Seafarer
Sold in March 1963, renamed SS San Pablo
Final Disposition, scrapped, March 1969 at Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Displacement 3,665 t.(lt)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 28' 4"
Speed 11 kts.
one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
two 220 PSI boilers
one triple-expansion reciprocating engine
single 4 blade, 18' 6" propeller, 2,500shp
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||Ex-USS Kangaroo (IX-121) as the Panama-flagged SS San Pablo leaving Immingham, England, in the mid-1960s
||SS San Pablo leaving Vancouver, B.C., in the 1960s.
Photo ©F. R. Sherlock.
||SS San Pablo entering a U.S. port, circa 1965.
USS Kangaroo (IX-121)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
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Last Updated 26 May 2017
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