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Lost to enemy action, 30 December 1944
USS Porcupine (IX-126)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Kilo - Hotel
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (30 December 1944) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)
Purple Heart (7-KIA, 8-WIA, 30 December 1944)
Armadillo Class Mobile Station Tanker:
Laid down, 11 October 1943, as SS Leif Ericson, a Maritime Commission type (Z-ET1-S-C3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE Hull 1930) at Delta Shipbuilding Corp., New Orleans, LA.
Launched, 24 November 1943
Accepted by the US Navy 29 December 1943
Commissioned USS Porcupine (IX-126), 30 December 1943, LT. Daniel M. Paul USN in command
During World War II USS Porcupine was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific heater and participated in the following campaign:
Final Disposition, lost to enemy action, 30 December 1944 at Mangarin Bay, Leyte, P.I.
Struck from the Naval Register, 19 January 1945
USS Porcupine earned one battle star for World War II service
|Campaign and Dates
|Luzon operation, 27 to 30 December 1944
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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||USS Porcupine (IX-126) at anchor, date and location unknown
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo NH 84198. Courtesy of D. M. McPherson, 1976.
|US Naval History and Heritage Command
||USS Porcupine (IX-126) at anchor, 17 October 1944, in the Southwest Pacific.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-295412 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com
||USS Porcupine (IX-126), filled with aviation fuel, is struck by a kamikaze plane about 1549, 30 December 1944, off White Beach, Mangarin Bay, Leyte, PI. Porcupine was attacked by five Japanese Vals. The successful attacker dropped a bomb on Porcupine, then crashed into the ship, killing seven of her crew and wounding eight others. Attempts to stop the resulting fire from reaching the aviation fuel failed. Porcupine burned to the water line.
||Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret, courtesy
USS Bush (DD-529) web site
USS Porcupine (IX-126)
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
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 17 November 2017
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