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USS Driller (YO-61)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Charlie - Lima
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Fuel Oil Barge (Self-propelled):
  • Built by Platzer Boat Works, Houston, TX
  • Launched, January 1941
  • Completed for Sociedade Anonima Concesionaria de Refinacao de Petroleos, Lisbon, as coastal tanker Sacor, 1941
  • Acquired by Navy, 02 September 1941
  • Converted for naval service by Todd-Galveston Dry Dock Co., 03 September 1941 - 23 January 1942
  • Commissioned USS Driller (YO-61), 23 January 1942, LT. Howard H. Hansen, USNR, in command
  • Assigned as station tanker, Argentia, Newfoundland, 1942-1945
  • Decommissioned at Argentia and placed in service, 01 November 1945
  • Towed to Newport, RI and transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 21 March 1947
  • Registered to Crossbie & Co. Ltd, St. John's, Newfoundland, as Driller (B177107), 14 May 1947
  • Registered under Cuban flag to Compañía de Transporte Mar Caribe SA, Havana, renamed Farovi, 1955
  • Registered to Empresa Consolidada del Petróleo, Havana, renamed Playa Colorada, 1962
  • Registered under Ecuadorian flag to Navipac SA, Guayaquil, renamed Don Alfredo, 1963
  • Registered to E. Escobar Pallarés, Guayaquil, date unknown
  • Final disposition, scrapped 1978
    Displacement 2,423 tons (fl)
    Length 214' 0" overall
    Beam 35'
    Draft 14'
    Speed 8 knots
    Cargo Capacity unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    two diesels
    two shafts, 630bhp

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    74k Don Alfredo, moored, date and location unknown.
    Photo from now defunct website
    Dave Wright

    Commanding Officers
    01LT/LCDR Howard Harl Hansen, D-M USNR23 January 1942 - 09 April 1942
    02LT Raymond H. Donnell, D-M USNR09 April 1942 - 11 April 1944
    03LT Harold C. Cunningham, D-M USNR11 April 1944 - 25 June 1945
    04LT Robert Jackson Wimbish, D USNR25 June 1945 - 01 November 1945

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    DANFS entry located at the Naval History & Heritage Command website
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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