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USS Celtic (IX-137)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Quebec - Uniform
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
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippine Liberation Medal
USS Celtic (IX-137) was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
Mobile Floating Storage Tanker:
Laid down in 1921 as SS Java Arrow, at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., Quincy, MA. for the Socony-Vacuum Oil Co.
Launched, 30 April 1921
Assigned Registry Number (ID-4784) by the US Navy
SS Java Arrow was engaged primarily in the backhaul routes from Balikpapan, Kalimantan, to Europe until 1931
SS Java Arrow next was engaged in domestic trade until she was requisitioned by the War Shipping Administration (WSA) in April 1942
In February 1926, Java Arrow distinguished herself by rescuing 13 crew members of Daisan Daishin Maru in the Northern Pacific
Requisitioned by WSA in April 1942, following the US entry into WWII
While operating under WSA control Java Arrow was torpedoed, 5 May 1942, eight miles off the Florida coast near Fort Pierce, towed to Port Everglades for temporary repairs
Full title and ownership passed to the WSA in June 1942
Under government ownership Java Arrow, renamed SS Kerry Patch, was towed to Norfolk, VA. for permanent repairs
Acquired by the US Navy, 17 January 1944, at Noumea, New Caledonia
Commissioned, USS Celtic (IX-137), 17 January 1944, with a Coast Guard crew
During World War II USS Celtic (IX-137) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following World War II USS Celtic (IX-137) was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 31 October 1945
Decommissioned, 6 February 1946, at Mobile AL.
Struck from the Naval Register, 20 March 1946
Returned to the WSA, 24 December 1946, at Mobile AL. for disposal
Sold to Panamanian operator, Radocean Tanker Corp., 2 April 1948, renamed SS Radketch
Sold foreign in June 1949, renamed SS Gale
Resold foreign in 1955, renamed SS Sugar
Final Disposition, scrapped 1959
Displacement 20,000 t.(fl)
Beam 62' 6"
Draft 39' 6"
Speed 10.2 kts
Cargo Capacity, 13,350 DWT
Oil 99,350 Bbls
one single 4"/50 cal gun mount
one single 3"/5- cal dual purpose gun mount
eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
one quadruple expansion engine 51" stroke, replaced with one J.H.Keneald and Co. Diesel engine
Ship's Service Generators
two recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
one turbo-drive 50Kw 120V D.C.
single propeller, 3,200shp
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||SS Java Arrow under way, 22 April 1942, departing a U.S. port. This ship became USS Celtic (IX-137) in 1944.
US Coast Guard photo from the Arthur D. Baker III. Photo Collection. Courtesy of Shipscribe.com
||SS Java Arrow under way, 4 May 1942, in convoy off Savannah, GA.
Arthur D. Baker III. Photo Collection. Courtesy of Shipscribe.com
||SS Java Arrow under way, 14 July 1942, photographed by an aircraft from the US Naval Air Station, Lakehurst, N. J.
US Navy photo from the Arthur D. Baker III. Photo Collection. Courtesy of Shipscribe.com
USS Celtic (IX-137)
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
U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 6 November 2015
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|