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USS Octorara (IX-139)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Romeo - Charlie
NJRC
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 Purisma, 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. for scrapping
    Specifications:
    Displacement 11,579 t.(fl)
    Length 407' 5"
    Beam 51'
    Draft 25' 6"
    Speed 10.5 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 76
    Armament
    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
    Propulsion
    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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