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USS Malvern (IX-138)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Sierra - Romeo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal
Malvern Class Mobile Station Tanker:
Built in 1901 as the tanker SS Pinna, at Armstrong, Whitworth & Co., Newcastle-on-Tyne, England
Renamed SS British Earl in 1917
Sold, renamed SS Tanskchindler, reflagged Germany circa 1929
Sold, renamed SS Orissa, reflagged Italy in 1931
Seized by the Maritime Commission, date and location unknown, renamed SS Malvern, 3 November 1943
Acquired by the US Navy from the War Shipping Administration under bareboat charter, 11 May 1944, at Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands
Commissioned USS Malvern (IX-138), 11 May 1944
Decommissioned, 16 February 1946, at Manila, P.I.
Struck from the Naval Register, 26 February 1946
Delivered to the Maritime Commission for service as SS Orissa under the Panamanian flag
Returned to Italian Government per Executive Order 9935 signed by President Truman, 16 March 1948
Sold to Henderson Trippe Corp, between 1948 and 1950
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 13,250 t.(fl)
Length 436' 10"
Beam 51' 10"
Draft 27' 3"
Speed 7 kts.
Cargo Capacity 55,800 Bbls
one single 4"/50 cal gun mount
one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
Fuel Capacity NSFO 9,750 Bbls
one vertical triple-expansion steam engine
three single-ended cylindrical Scotch boilers, 170psi, Sat.
two turbo-drive 35Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 2,300shp
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||SS Pinna became the British SS British Earl in 1917. After two years under the German flag this ship joined the
Italian merchant marine in 1931. She became USS Malvern (IX-138) in 1944.
The Steamship Historical Society of America, courtesy Shipscribe.com
USS Malvern (IX-138)
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
Last Updated 7 August 2015
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