Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.


NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive

Lost to enemy action, 30 December 1944

USS Porcupine (IX-126)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Kilo - Hotel
NJKH
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
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1 star) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal

Personnel Awards

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
  • Final Disposition, lost to enemy action, 30 December 1944 at Mangarin Bay, Leyte, P.I.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 January 1945
    Specifications:
    Displacement 3,665 t.(lt)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 11 kts.
    Complement 79
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Propulsion
    two 220 PSI boilers
    one triple-expansion reciprocating engine
    single 4 blade, 18' 6" propeller, 2,500shp

    Click On Image
    For Full Size Image
    Size Image Description Contributed
    By
    Porcupine 79k 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
    Mike Green
    Porcupine 21k 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
    Back To The Navsource Photo Archives Main Page Back To The Service Force Ship Type Index Back To The Miscellaneous Ship (IX) Photo Index
    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster.
    This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History
    Last Updated 17 November 2017