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USS Banshee (IX-178)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Echo - Alpha
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), 29 December 1944, LCDR. Frank H. Lemon in command
  • During World War II USS Banshee was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Borneo operation
    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"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    one 4" gun mount
    one 3"/50 gun mount, eight 20mm guns
    Propulsion system unknown
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    USS Banshee (IX-178)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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