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USS Beagle (IX-112)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Foxtrot - Lima

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

Armadillo Class Mobile Station Tanker:
  • Laid down, 27 September 1943, as SS David Rittenhouse, a Maritime Commission type (Z-ET1-S-C3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1901), at California Shipbuilding Co., Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched, 29 October 1943
  • Renamed Beagle (IX 112), 27 October 1943
  • Commissioned, USS Beagle (IX-112), 20 November 1943, at San Pedro, CA., LT. Robert E. Rew, Jr., USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Beagle was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operations
    Leyte landings, 13 October to 9 November 1944

  • Following World War II USS Beagle (IX-112) was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 15 September 1945 to 10 March 1946
  • Decommissioned, 13 June 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 13 June 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
  • USS Beagle (IX-112) earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Merchant Service
    Transferred under a General Agency Agreement to Cosmopolitan Shipping Co., 25 March 1948
    Sold to Edison Tanker Corp. Inc., New York City, 14 July 1948, renamed SS Edison Skipper
    Sold in December 1954, reflagged Liberian, renamed SS George S, later Greek flagged SS Georgios Sideratos, and SS Maria G. L.
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1964
    Displacement 14,500 t.
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 11 kts.
    Complement 79
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    eight 20mm AA gun mounts
    one steam reciprocating engine
    single propeller, 2,500 shp

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    United States Maritime Commission
    140k United States Maritime Commission Tanker Design Z-ET-1-S-C3.
    US National Archives photo thanks to Auke Visser's Famous T-Tanker Pages
    USS Beagle (IX-112)
    Beagle - a breed of small scent hound, similar in appearance to the much larger foxhound. The beagle was developed primarily for hunting hare (beagling). Possessing a great sense of smell and superior tracking instincts, the beagle is the primary breed used as a detection dog for prohibited agricultural imports and foodstuffs in quarantine around the world. The beagle is intelligent. It is a popular pet due to its size, good temper, and a lack of inherited health problems.(Wikipedia)
    Tommy Trampp
    Merchant Service
    Beagle 67k Ex-USS Beagle (IX-112) in merchant service as SS Edison Skipper underway, date and location unknown. Gerhard Muller-Debus
    Beagle 67k Ex-USS Beagle (IX-112) in merchant service as SS George S outbound from Boston in March 1955. David Nixon
    Beagle 56k Ex-USS Beagle (IX-112) in merchant service as SS Maria G.L. underway, date and location unknown. Gerhard Muller-Debus

    USS Beagle (IX-112)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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