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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
    Displacement 6,448 gross tons
    Length 417'
    Beam 56'
    Draft 33'
    Speed 10 kts.
    Cargo Capacity unknown
    Cruise Radius unknown
    one reciprocating steam engine
    one screw, 3,000shp

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