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USS Arethusa (IX-135)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Oscar -Oscar
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (1)
Mobile Floating Storage Tanker:
Laid down in 1921 as Gargoyle an Emergency Fleet Corp. hull design 1041 tanker at Moore Shipbuilding Co, Oakland, CA.
Assigned Registry Number (ID-4689) by the US Navy
Operated under charter, 20 April 1942 for the War Shipping Administration by Socony-Vacuum Oil Corp.
Transferred for operation under charter, 16 October 1943, for the War Shipping Administration by the War Emergency Tankers Inc.
Renamed Arethusa, 3 November 1943
Acquired by the US Navy, 23 March 1944
Commissioned in the Marshall Islands as USS Arethusa (IX-135), 23 March 1944, LT. Walter J. Tross, in command
During World War II USS Arethusa was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
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Leyte landings, 3, 12, 24 and 27 November 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 22 to 30 June1945
Decommissioned,at Subic Bay, P.I. in May 1946 (DANFS has the ship decommissioned at San Francisco, 16 May 1946)
Placed in service and delivered to the Maritime Commission at San Francisco, CA.
Laid up, 16 May 1947 in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 8 December 1947, to Kaiser Co., Inc.
Arethusa earned two battle stars for World War II service
Displacement 15,800 t.(fl)
Length 438' 6"
Draft 26' 8"
Speed 10.5 kts.
one 4" gun mount
eight 20mm guns
three Scotch-Marine Boilers (max. operating pressure of 125 psi)
one Hoover-Owens and Rensler, 3,300 IHP, 78 RPM,triple expansion, double-acting steam engine. Engine third stage had piston assisted D-slide valve
single 16 foot diameter with 16 foot bite propeller
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||SS Gargoyle, steaming in convoy, 6 June 1942, off Jacksonville, FL. This ship became USS Arethusa (IX-135) in 1944.
Photo from Arthur D. Baker III collection, courtesy Shipscribe.com
USS Arethusa (IX-135)
DANFS history at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
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 6 November 2015
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