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USS Villalobos (IX-145)
International Radio Call Sign:
SS Typhoon (1943 - 1944)
November - Juliet - Romeo - Yankee
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 (3) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Medal
Villalobos Class Mobile Station Tanker:
Built in 1911 as SS William F. Herrin, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA.
Launched, 4 February 1911
Delivered, 20 March 1911, to the Associated Oil Co.
Assigned Registry Number (ID-3522) by US Navy
Twice renamed, first as SS Colorado and then as SS Typhoon
Acquired by the Navy, 19 October 1943, under a bareboat charter from the Maritime Commission's War Shipping Administration
Operated as SS Typhoon, until her commissioning data caught up with her
During World War II SS Typhoon was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Gilbert Islands operation
Capture and occupation of Tarawa Atoll, 2 to 8 December 1943
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 27 July to 9 August 1944
Capture and occupation of Guam, 8 to 9 August 1944
|Marshall Islands operation
Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 7 to 8 February 1944
Commissioned, USS Villalobos (IX-145) in October 1944
Decommissioned, 16 February 1946, at Subic Bay, P.I.
Struck from the Naval Register, 26 February 1946
Returned to Italian Government per Executive Order 9935 signed by President Truman, 16 March 1948
Transferred in Manila, 31 August 1948, by the Maritime Commission for commercial service, to the Maritime Petroleum Society and Navigation Co., Genoa, Italy
Final Disposition, fate unknown
USS Villalobos as SS Typhoon earned three battle stars for her World War II service
Displacement 4,398 t.(lt)
Beam 52' 1"
Draft 29' 5"
Speed 10 kts
Oil 51,300 Bbls
one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
three twin 40mm AA gun mounts
eight single 20mm gun mounts
NSFO 2,000 Bbls
one vertical triple-expansion steam engine
three single-ended cylindrical Scotch boilers, 200psi, Sat°
Ship's Service Generators
one recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
one recip-drive 10Kw 120V D.C.
single propeller, 2,500shp
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||SS William F. Herrin, photographed between 1911 and 1917. This Newport News-built ship joined the Italian merchant marine in
1928 and became USS Villalobos (IX-145) in 1944.
US Navy photo from the Naval History and Heritage Command (SH), courtesy Shipscribe.com.
USS Villalobos (IX-145)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 6 November 2015
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