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USS Panda (IX-125)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Lima - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - San Pedro Bay, Leyte) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)
Purple Hearts (6 - Commanding Officer LT. Polk and five crew members - 27 November 1944)
Armadillo Class Mobile Station Tanker:
Laid down, 19 October 1943 as SS Opie Read, a Maritime Commission type (Z-ET1-S-C3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1929) at Delta Shipbuilding Co., New Orleans, LA.
Renamed Panda 27 October 1943
Launched, 3 December 1943
Acquired by the Navy, 5 January 1944
Commissioned in the 8th Naval District, 6 January 1944, LT. Nicholas Polk, D-M USNR in command
During World War II USS Panda was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
Leyte landings, 18 October to 29 November 1944
Following World War II USS Panda remained in the Philippines supporting US operations until 4 April 1946
Decommissioned, 12 July 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Delivered, 15 July 1946 to the WSA, at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA., 15 July 1946, for disposal, name reverted to SS Opie Read
Struck from the Naval Register, 31 July 1946
USS Panda earned one battle star for World War II service
13 April 1948 sold to Eastport SS Corp, New York - renamed SS Westport - US flag
August 1949 converted to dry cargo ship by Todd Hoboken Shipyard, Hoboken, N.J.
Sold in 1954 to Cia Nav Pardalina SA - renamed SS Pardalina - Liberian flag, Blidberg Rothchild Agency Corp, New York
Sold in 1963 to Caroline Navigation Inc.- renamed SS San Antonio - Liberian flag, Ceres Shipping Co Ltd, London, Seres Shipping Inc, New York from 1964-67
Sold to Japanese breakers - arrived Hirao 20 January 1968
Final Disposition, scrapped in 1968
Displacement 3,665 t.(lt) 14,500 t. (fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 28' 4"
Speed 11 kts.
Cargo Capacity 8,500 DWT
Oil 63,000 Bbls
one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 13,700 Bbls
one three cylinder triple-expansion reciprocating engine
two Babcock and Wilcox boilers, 225psi 450°
three recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single 4 bladed, 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
|USS Panda (IX-125)
Panda - is a bear native to South Central China. It is characterized by its bold black-and-white coat and rotund body.
Though it belongs to the order Carnivora, the giant panda is a folivore, with bamboo shoots and leaves making up more than 99% of its diet.
||Ex-USS Panda (IX-125) in March 1948 just after being withdrawn from the Maritime Commission Reserve Fleet, James River Group,
Lee Hall, VA. and just before being delivered to her commercial buyer, Eastport SS Co., at Hoboken, N.J.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #. NH 89406, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
||SS Westport, [ex-USS Panda (IX-125)], probably dry docked at Todd Hoboken Shipyard, Hoboken, N.J., in March,
1948 one month after being sold to Eastport SS Corp.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #. NH 89405, courtesy Ted Stone, 1979.
||Underway while In merchant service as Cia Nav Pardalina SA's SS Pardalina, date and location unknown.
||SS Pardalina under way, date and location unknown.
||The Caroline Navigation Inc. freighter SS San Antonio entering the port of Vancouver, BC, date unknown
USS Panda (IX-125)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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Last Updated 16 July 2021
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