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USS Mink (IX-123)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Lima - Mike
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 (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

Armadillo Class Mobile Station Tanker:
  • Laid down, 20 October 1943, as SS Judah Touro, a Maritime Commission type (Z-ET1-S-C3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1927) at Delta Shipbuilding Co., New Orleans, LA.
  • Renamed Mink 27 October 1943
  • Launched, 4 December 1943
  • Acquired by the Navy 8 January 1944
  • Commissioned USS Mink (IX-123), 9 January 1944, Lt. W. J. Meagher in command
  • During World War II USS Mink was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 13 October to 29 November 1944
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 18 January 1945

  • Decommissioned, 26 June 1946, at Newport News, VA.
  • Delivered to the WSA, 27 June 1946, at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, VA. for disposal, renamed SS Judah Touro
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1946
  • Sold by the Maritime Administration, 23 January 1951, to Orion Shipping and Trading Corp.
  • Repurchased by Cape Horn Shipping Corp, 13 April 1951, at Savannah, GA.
  • Resold foreign, September 1952 to Isla Verde Compania Naviera S. A., reflagged Panama, renamed SS Seavalor
  • Ex-Mink was renamed several more times during her commercial career carrying the names SS Apukia, and SS Eleni V
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in September 1967 at Sakaide, Japan
  • USS Mink earned two battle stars for World War II service
    Displacement 3,665 t.(lt), 14,500 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 11 kts.
    Complement 105
    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 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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    Mink 51k SS Judah Touro launching, 4 December 1943, at Delta Shipbuilding Co., New Orleans, LA. Touro Infirmary, New Orleans, LA.
    Mink 111k Panama flagged SS Eleni V underway in harbor, date and location unknown. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Mink 91k SS Eleni V in harbor, date and location unknown. Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Mink (IX-123)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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