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USS Raccoon (IX-127)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Mike - Delta
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Armadillo Class Mobile Station Tanker:
Laid down, 7 November 1943, as SS J. C. W. Becham a Maritime Commission type (Z-ET1-S-C3) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1931) at Delta Shipbuilding Corp., New Orleans, LA.
Launched, 23 December 1943
Accepted by the Navy 31 January 1944
Commissioned USS Raccoon (IX-127), 1 February 1944, LT. Michael E. Vallario, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Raccoon was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Decommissioned, 10 July 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Returned to the War Shipping Administration (WSA) 11 July 1946, name reverted to J.C.W. Becham
Struck from the Naval Register, 31 July 1946
Sold in March 1948 to Fordom Trading Corp. for Intercontinental Shipping Corp, Tampa, FL., name retained
Sold in 1948 to Intercontinental Steamship Corp, renamed SS Chrysanthystar, US flagged
Sold in 1949 to Orion Shipping & Trading Inc, New York, converted to dry cargo ship by Ferrari Marine Repair Co, Brooklyn, N.Y., for Jupiter Steamship Corp, renamed SS Jupiter, US flagged
Renamed Searanger in 1951
Sold in 1953 to Nueva Granada Armadora SA, renamed SS Sariza, Panamanian flagged
Sold in 1963 to Sara - Cia Nav Continental SA, renamed SS Sara, Panamanian flagged
Sold in 1965 to Asia Mariner - United Mariners Line Inc, Hong Kong, renamed SS Asia Mariner, Liberian flagged
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in 1968 to Taiwan breakers, arrived Kaohsiung 20 August 1968
Displacement 3,665 t.(lt) 14,500t.(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 20mm AA guns
NSFO 13,700 Bbls
one vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
two Combustion Engineering boilers, 220psi 450°
three recip Ship's Service Generators, 20Kw, 120V D.C.
single 4 blade, 18' 6" propeller, shp, 2,500
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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 Raccoon (IX-127)
Raccoon - is a medium-sized mammal native to North America. It is the largest of the procyonid family Its grayish coat mostly consists of dense underfur, which
insulates it against cold weather. Three of the raccoon's most distinctive features are its extremely dexterous front paws, its facial mask, and its ringed tail,
||USS Raccoon (IX-127) at anchor, date and location unknown.
||Robert Hurst and
Darrell Tripp USS Raccoon
||USS Raccoon (IX-127) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
||Matt Haywood for his father Kenneth Haywood Pharmacist's Mate 2nd Class
|Merchant Service |
||Ex-Raccoon (IX-127) under way while in merchant service as the US flagged SS Jupiter, circa 1949-51, place unknown.
||Ex-Raccoon (IX-127) laid up while in merchant service as the Greek flagged SS Sariza, date and location unknown.
USS Raccoon (IX-127)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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