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USS Marmora (IX-189)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Juliet - Alpha
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

USS Marmora (IX-189) was Lend-Lease to the Soviet Union
Mobile Floating Storage Tanker:
  • Built in 1918 as SS Montrolite, at American Shipbuilding Co., Seattle, WA.
  • Assigned Registry Number (ID-3356) by US Navy
  • Chartered by Standard Oil of California, 22 April 1942
  • Transferred to the Soviet Union under terms of the Lend-Lease program, 14 October 1942, named SS Valerian Kuybyshev
  • Returned to the War Shipping Administration, 13 December 1944, at Pearl Harbor, T.H.
  • Acquired by the Navy from WSA under bareboat charter, 13 December 1944
  • Commissioned, USS Marmora, 13 December 1944, at Pearl Harbor, T. H., LT. Grant R. Olsen, USNR, in command
  • Decommissioned, 11 February 1946, at Mobile, AL., delivered to War Shipping Administration, renamed SS J. C. Fitzsimmons
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping to Pinto Island Metals Co., 1 February 1947.
    Displacement 14,000 t.(lim.)
    Length 436' 6"
    Beam 57' 2"
    Draft 24' (lim.)
    Speed 9 kts
    Cargo Capacity
    Oil 76,300 Bbls
    Officers 8
    Enlisted 88
    one single 5"/51 cal single purpose gun mount
    one 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 7,700 Bbls
    one Hooven, Owens, Rentschler Co. Vertical triple-expansion steam engine
    three single end Scotch boilers, 200psi Sat°
    two recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 2,800shp

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    Marmora 79k USS Marmora (IX-189) underway as the Soviet tanker SS Valerian Kuybyshev at San Francisco, CA. circa 1943, after having been transferred to the Soviet Union under Lend Lease. Note the Soviet flag and name displayed under the bridge.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #. NH 91262, courtesy
    Mike Green

    USS Marmora (IX-189)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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