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USS Dawn (IX-186)


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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 - Philippine Liberation Medal


Dawn Class Mobile Floating Fuel Storage Ship:
  • Built in 1920 as SS Vacuum, an Emergency Fleet Corp design 1041 tanker, at Moore Shipbuilding Co., Oakland, CA.
  • Assigned Registry Number (ID-4501) by US Navy
  • Acquired by the Navy from the War Shipping Administration, 25 December 1944, at Brisbane, Australia
  • Commissioned Miscellaneous Unclassified USS Dawn (IX-186), 26 December 1944, LCDR. H. V. Perron in command
  • Decommissioned, 12 April 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Returned to the War Shipping Administration for disposal, 12 April 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 4 December 1946, to Patapsco Scrap Metal Corp., Baltimore, MD. for $22,571.00 (PD-X-237), delivered, 17 December 1947
    Specifications:
    Displacement 15,381 t.(fl)
    Length 438' 5"
    Beam 57'
    Draft27' 6"
    Speed 9 kts.
    Complement 107
    Armament
    one single 4" gun mount
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Propulsion
    single triple expansion steam engine
    oil fired boilers
    single screw

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    IX-186 126k USS Dawn (IX-186) discharging AVGAS at the Diloma Gas Jetty at Subic Bay, circa 1 April to 19 July 1945. Forwarded by John Clingman for Daniel Wilmes to honor his father Robert K. Wilmes MM/3c USS Dawn
    IX-186 211k Two of USS Dawn (IX-186)'s crew playing cards in a raft, near the fantail, while underway. date and location unknown. Forwarded by John Clingman for Daniel Wilmes to honor his father Robert K. Wilmes MM/3c USS Dawn
    IX-186 338k USS Dawn (IX-186) moored pierside at Naval Station Norfolk, VA. awaiting decommissioning, circa 8 February to 12 April 1946. Forwarded by John Clingman for Daniel Wilmes to honor his father Robert K. Wilmes MM/3c USS Dawn
    IX-186 573k USS Dawn (IX-186) moored pierside at Naval Station Norfolk, VA. awaiting decommissioning, circa 8 February to 12 April 1946. Forwarded by John Clingman for Daniel Wilmes to honor his father Robert K. Wilmes MM/3c USS Dawn
    IX-186 658k USS Dawn (IX-186) moored pierside at Naval Station Norfolk, VA. awaiting decommissioning, circa 8 February to 12 April 1946. Forwarded by John Clingman for Daniel Wilmes to honor his father Robert K. Wilmes MM/3c USS Dawn
    IX-186 89k Authorization for USS Dawn (IX-186)'s boat crew to enter the Olongapo area to repair the ships boat.
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    Daniel Wilmes to honor his father Robert K. Wilmes MM/3c USS Dawn

    USS Dawn (IX-186)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Database
    Robert Kenneth Wilmes, US Navy, USS Dawn
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    An antidote to the history ofUSS Dawn contributed by Daniel Wilmes in honor of his father Robert K. Wilmes MM/3c

    "When my father's tanker was in Hollandia, they were given an LCVP to use to travel in the harbor, he said this was standard practice for ships which didn't have motorized craft of their own. Upon leaving in a convoy to the Phil. on Jan 24, 1945, they enlisted the aid of a Liberty ship to hoist the LCVP on deck (Dawn had cranes capable of lifting nothing heavier than hoses and drums). This "stolen" craft they used from then on, there is reference in his journal of being alongside another Liberty ship to unload the LCVP when they got to the Phil. At one point they had to cross to another island when no helpful freighter was around, and so it was towed a few hundred miles with my father and a cox[swain] aboard in case the towline parted. My father said it was the most miserable "cruise" he had ever been on, being dragged through rather than over waves... The manual for the Greymarine engine is in his sea chest still, he was responsible for The manual for the Greymarine engine is in his sea chest still, he was responsible for keeping it running. At one point it did break down, and I have an order giving permission for him to travel to Olongapo to get the LCVP "belonging to Dawn" repaired."