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USAT Illinois


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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


Oil Tanker:
  • Built in 1921 as SS Illinois at Texas Steamship Co. Bath, ME.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered, 2 July 1921
  • Acquired by the War Shipping Administration, 21 February 1942, from The Texas Co.
  • Time Chartered, 21 February 1942, to the Texas Co.
  • Bare bottom chartered in 1943 to the US Army Transportation Corp.
  • Returned to The Texas Co, date unknown
  • Stranded, 12 November 1945, at Peril Strait, AK.
  • Declared at total loss, 11 December 1945
  • Sold, 9 April 1946 to Compania Interacional, De Vapores, reflagged Panama, renamed SS Burcross
  • Name changed in 1950 to SS Rodestar
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in 1955
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6,448 gross tons
    Length 417'
    Beam 56'
    Draft 33'
    Speed 10 kts.
    Complement
    Cargo Capacity unknown
    Cruise Radius unknown
    Propulsion
    one reciprocating steam engine
    one screw, 3,000shp

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