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USS Migrant (IX-66)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Yankee - Sierra
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

  • Built as the sloop Migrant in 1929 by George Lawley & Sons, Neponset, MA.
  • Acquired from Carl Tucker by the Port Director, New York for the Navy, 21 March 1942
  • Converted by the Sullivan Shipyard, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Commissioned USS Migrant, 19 May 1942, LT. R. B. Metcalf, USNR, in command
  • Assigned to Eastern Sea Frontier an 3rd Naval District to conduct ASW patrols
  • Decommissioned, 3 August 1945, at East Boston
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 13 August 1945
  • Returned to the War Shipping Administration, 6 January 1946, for disposal
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 661 t.
    Length 223' 3"
    Beam 34'
    Draft 14'
    Speed 11.5 kts
    Officers 10
    Enlisted 73
    one single 3/50" dual purpose gun mount
    one single 40mm gun mount
    two single 20mm gun mounts
    two depth charge tracks
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 405 Bbls
    Propulsion sail and Diesel
    one Cooper Bessemer Diesel engine
    Ships' service generators
    one 20Kw 120V D.C.
    two 50Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 950shp

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    Migrant 119k Yacht Migrant under way under full sails during the 1930s.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 72586, courtesy
    Mike Green
    USS Migrant (IX-66)
    84k USS Migrant (IX-66) underway near the Boston Navy Yard, 1 December 1942
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #'s 19-N-36832 and 19-N-36833 US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Migrant 366k Overhead views of USS Migrant (IX-66) under way, 20 February 20, 1944. Taken by a blimp from ZP-11.
    Top - US National Archives photo # 42-28N 69-50W
    Bottom - US National Arch vies photo # 80-G-214342
    Tracy White
    Mike Green

    USS Migrant (IX-66)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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