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USS Leopard (IX-122)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - India - Sierra
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Armadillo Class Mobile Station Tanker:
Laid down, 5 October 1943, as SS William B. Bankhead, a Maritime Commission type (Z-ETl-S-C3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE 1926) Delta Shipbuilding Co., New Orleans, LA.
Renamed Leopard 27 October 1943
Launched, 15 November 1943
Acquired by the Navy 24 December 1943
Commissioned USS Leopard (IX-122), 26 December 1943
During World War II Leopard was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Decommissioned, and delivered to the WSA, 21 June 1946, at Norfolk, VA. for disposal
Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
Sold by the Maritime Commission in 1948 to Tramp Shipping & Oil Transportation Corp, renamed SS Yankee Fighter
Converted to a dry cargo ship at Staten Island, N.Y., renamed SS Fighter
Renamed SS Carreto in 1955
Renamed SS Zoe in 1960, reflagged Greece
Struck a submerged object in July 1965, off the coast of Brazil, leaking and severely damaged upon arrival at Rio Grande, Brazil
Final Disposition, sold to Brazilian Breakers in July 1965.
Displacement 3,665 t.(lt), 14,500 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 28' 4"
Speed 11 kts.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
three twin 40mm AA gun mounts
eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
Cargo Capacity 8,500 DWT
Oil 63,000 Bbls
Fuel CapacityNSFO 13,700 Bbls
two Combustion Engineering 220psi boilers
one three cylinder triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
three recip-power 20Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
one 4 blade, 18' 6" propeller, 2,500shp
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||Aerial port view of the station tanker USS Leopard (IX-122) under way, 4 April 1944, in the SW Pacific. Originally designed
to carry dry cargo, the ship was converted to a tanker and spent her naval career doing harbor fueling duties from Australia to New Guinea areas.
Australian War Memorial, Photo No. 302652
||SS Yankee Fighter (ex-USS Leopard (IX-122) moored pierside in a US port, circa late 1940s
Originally copyrighted by World Ship Society.
||Greek flagged SS Zoe (ex-USS Leopard (IX-122) moored pierside, probably in a Mediterranean port, date unknown.
USS Leopard (IX-122)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS).
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Data Base
Last Updated 10 July 2015
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