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USS Chotauk (IX-188)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - India - Yankee
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Chotauk Class Mobile Floating Fuel Storage Ship:
Built in 1920 as SS Japan Arrow at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., Quincy, MA.
Delivered for merchant service in November 1920
Assigned Registry Number (ID-4785) by US Navy
Renamed SS American Arrow, date unknown
Acquired by the War Shipping Administration, 27 March 1942, from Socony Vacuum Oil. Co.
Leased to Los Angeles Tanker Operators, 14 September 1944
Acquired by the Navy from the War Shipping Administration, 29 November 1944, at Pearl Harbor, T.H.
Commissioned Miscellaneous Unclassified USS Chotauk (IX-188), 29 November 1944, LCDR. W. D. Baker, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Chotauk was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Decommissioned, 7 February 1946, at Mobile, AL.
Struck from the Naval Register, 28 March 1946
Returned to the War Shipping Administration for disposal, 7 February 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping (PD-X-237), 12 December 1946 to M.S. Kaplan Co., withdrawn 22 February 1947
Displacement 18,925 t.(fl)
Length 483' 3"
Beam 62' 8"
Speed 10.2 kts
Oil 97,800 Bbls
one 4"/50 cal gun mount
one 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
one vertical quadruple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
three single-ended Scotch boilers
two recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 3,200shp
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||SS Japan Arrow under way in harbor, circa 1920s or 1930s.
The Steamship Historical Society of America (Alex Shaw). Photo No. 220831 Courtesy of Shipscribe.com
||A post card image of SS Japan Arrow under way in heavy seas, date and location unknown. Post card is dated March 31, 1921.
|USS Chotauk (IX-188)
||USS Chotauk (IX-188) under way in the Pacific, date and location unknown.
Photo courtesy Charles
Grant USS Chotauk
|Mike Menth for his father Thomas Myles Menth RM1 USNR USS Chotauk
USS Chotauk (IX-188)
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Last Updated 6 November 2015
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