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USS Whippet (IX-129)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Mike - 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

Armadillo Class Mobile Station Tanker:
  • Laid down, 31 October 1943, as SS Eugene W Hilgard a Maritime Commission type (Z-ET1-S-C3) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1933) at Delta Shipbuilding Corp., New Orleans, LA.
  • Launched, 15 December 1943
  • Delivered to the US Navy, at New Orleans, LA., 13 January 1944
  • Commissioned USS Whippet (IX-120), 14 January 1944, LCDR. R. Parmenter in command
  • During World War II USS Whippet was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of the southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 2 April to 30 June 1945

  • Decommissioned 1 July 1946, at San Francisco
  • Returned to the War Shipping Administration, 25 June 1946, for lay up with the National Defense Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Decommissioned 1 July 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1946
  • Commercial Service
  • Sold, 27 April 1951, to Hilgard Tanker Corp., name retained
  • Resold in July 1954 to a Liberian Shipping Co.
  • Resold in 1955 to Theodpilos J. Vatis, Greece
  • Converted to a dry cargo ship at Savannah, GA. in 1955, renamed SS Loida reflagged Liberian
  • Vessel lengthened at Kobe, Japan in 1965
  • Sold in 1971, renamed SS Nervion
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1971 at Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • USS Whippet received two battle stars for World War II service
    Displacement 3,665 t.(lt) 15,425 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 57'
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 11 kts.
    Complement 109
    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, a single three cylinder triple-expansion reciprocating engine, single 4 blade, 18' 6" propeller, Shaft Horsepower, 2,500

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