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Vileehi (IX-62)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Oscar - Bravo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

  • Built in 1930 as the wooden 27m auxiliary ketch Vileehi at San Diego Marine Construction Co., San Diego, CA.
  • Acquired by the Navy, 23 December 1941, from Hiram T. Horton
  • Assigned to the 11th Naval District, at San Diego, 17 February 1942
  • Placed in service as Vileehi (IX-62), 26 February 1942
  • Placed out of service, 20 September 1945
  • Returned to her owner, 27 September 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 24 October 1945
  • Sold to Dana Andrews in 1946
  • Resold several times since Mr. Andrews owned her sailing between England and Italy
  • Abandoned in Port Saint Louis du Rhone, date unknown
  • Sunk at her dock in 2008
  • Refloated by Seaworks and towed to the company's pontoon at Marseilles France
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 54 t.
    Length 80'
    Beam 19' 3"
    Draft 11' 3"
    Speed 7 kts.
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion sail with auxiliary engine, single propeller

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    102k Launching of auxiliary ketch Vileehi, in 1930 at San Diego Marine Construction Co., San Diego, CA.
    ©Boating News.
    David Wright
    85k Auxiliary ketch Vileehi moored in her berth in the Mediterranean, early 2000s.
    ©Boating News.
    David Wright
    59k Auxiliary ketch Vileehi and sunk at her mooring, date at in Port Saint Louis du Rhône, date unknown.
    ©Boating News.
    David Wright
    72k Auxiliary ketch Vileehi after being raised and towed to Marseilles, France date unknown.
    ©Boating News.
    David Wright

    Vileehi (IX-62)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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