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USS Banshee (IX-178)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - India - Echo
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 (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal
Banshee Class Mobile Floating Fuel Storage Ship:
Built in 1917 as SS Harold Walker at William Cramp and Sons Ship and Engine Building Co., Philadelphia, PA.
Assigned Registry Number (ID-4530) by US Navy
Chartered to Sinclair Refining, 23 January 1942, at Boston, MA. under a Transportation Corps. Agreement
Transferred Lend Lease, 2 June 1943 to the Soviet Union. renamed Emba
Operated under a General Agency Agreement by Los Angeles Tanker Operations, Inc., 22 June 1944
Acquired by the Navy from the War Shipping Administration, 13 December 1944, at Milne Bay, New Guinea, as a Bare Bottom charter
Commissioned Miscellaneous Unclassified USS Banshee (IX-178), 25 December 1944, LCDR. Frank H. Lemon USN in command
During World War II USS Banshee was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
Balikpapan operation, 28 June to 7 July 1945
Decommissioned, 5 February 1946, at Subic Bay, P.I. and returned to the War Shipping Administration, named changed to SS W. G. Fairbanks
Struck from the Naval Register, 25 February 1946
USS Banshee earned one battle star for her World War II service
Final Disposition, sold and delivered the Asia Development Corp, for scrapping, 3 March 1948
Displacement 4,500 t.
Length 446' 8"
Beam 68' 2"
Draft 33' 4"
one 4" gun mount
one 3"/50 gun mount, eight 20mm guns
Propulsion system unknown
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||USS Banshee (IX-178) Commissioning Ceremony, 25 December 1944, at Milne Bay, New Guinea.
Photo from 118th NC Battalion Seabee V.S. Robinson photo album
USS Banshee (IX-178)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Lemon, Frank Hill, USN||25 December 1944 - 29 January 1945|
|02||LCDR. Bach, Jacob C., USNR (Ret.)||29 January 1945 - 19 August 1945 Hospitalized aboard USS REFUGE (AH-11)|
|03||LT. Denslow, Jerry, USNR||19 August 1945 - 2 September 1945|
|04||LCDR. Bach, Jacob C., USNR (Ret.)||2 September 1945 - 30 November 1945|
|05||LT. Wiederecht, Fabian P., USNR||30 November 1945 - 5 February 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 3 April 2020
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