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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 17 January 1944
Commissioned USS Mink (IX-123), 17 January 1944, LT. William J. Meagher, USNR in command
During World War II USS Mink was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
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Leyte landings, 13 October to 29 November 1944
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
USS Mink earned two battle stars for World War II service
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
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 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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|United States Maritime Commission
||United States Maritime Commission Tanker Design Z-ET-1-S-C3.
US National Archives photo thanks to Auke Visser's Famous T-Tanker Pages
|War Shipping Administration
||SS Judah Touro launching, 4 December 1943, at Delta Shipbuilding Co., New Orleans, LA.
||Touro Infirmary, New Orleans, LA.
||SS Judah Touro undergoing builders trials, 9 January 1945, at Delta Shipbuilding Co., New Orleans, LA. prior to delivery to the US
Navy on 17 January 1945.
|USS Mink (IX-123)
Mink - is a dark-colored, semiaquatic, carnivorous mammals of the genera Neogale and Mustela and part of the family Mustelidae, which also includes weasels,
otters, and ferrets. There are two extant species referred to as "mink": the American mink and the European mink. The extinct sea mink is related to the American mink
but was much larger. (Wikipedia)
||USS Mink (IX-123) at anchor at Morotai, Philippine Islands, July 1945
||Panama flagged SS Eleni V underway in harbor, date and location unknown.
||SS Eleni V in harbor, date and location unknown.
USS Mink (IX-123)
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 Database
Last Updated 16 July 2021
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