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USS Octorara (IX-139)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Romeo - Charlie
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 - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal
Octorara Class Mobile Station Tanker:
Built in 1921 as the tanker SS La Purisima, at Southwestern Shipbuilding Co., San Pedro, CA.
Assigned Registry Number (ID-4647) by the US Navy
Acquired by the War Shipping Administration, 20 April 1942, from Union Oil Co. of California, at Eureka, CA.
Lend Lease to the Soviet Union, 28 September 1943, at Los Angeles, CA., renamed SS Taganrog I
Returned to the War Shipping Administration, 25 May 1944, and leased to Union Oil Co of California
Acquired by the US Navy from the Maritime Commission, 11 September 1944, at Oakland, CA.
Commissioned USS Octorara (IX-139), 11 September 1944, at Moore Drydock Co., Oakland, CA.
Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 8 April 1946, at Mobile, AL.
Laid up in the Maritime Commission National Defense Reserve Fleet, at Mobile, AL.
Sold, 28 February 1948, to Pinto Island Metal Co.
Final Disposition, resold to Bethlehem Steel Co. in 1947 for scrapping
Displacement 11,579 t.(fl)
Length 407' 5"
Draft 25' 6"
Speed 10.5 kts.
two single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
Cargo Capacity Oil 54,900 Bbls
Fuel Capacity 2,330 Bbls
one Lewellen Iron Works Vertical triple-expansion steam engine
three single-ended cylindrical scotch boilers, 200psi sat.
two recip-drive 15Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 2,800shp
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Union Oil Company
||The Union Oil Company tanker SS La Purisima underway, date and location unknown.
USS Octorara (IX-139)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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Last Updated 7 January 2022
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