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USS Leopard (IX-122)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - India - Sierra
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Armadillo Class Mobile Station Tanker:
  • Laid down, 5 October 1943, as SS William B. Bankhead, a Maritime Commission type (Z-ETl-S-C3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE 1926) Delta Shipbuilding Co., New Orleans, LA.
  • Renamed Leopard 27 October 1943
  • Launched, 15 November 1943
  • Acquired by the Navy 24 December 1943
  • Commissioned USS Leopard (IX-122), 26 December 1943
  • During World War II Leopard was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, and delivered to the WSA, 21 June 1946, at Norfolk, VA. for disposal
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
  • Merchant Service
    Sold by the Maritime Commission in 1948 to Tramp Shipping & Oil Transportation Corp, renamed SS Yankee Fighter
    Converted to a dry cargo ship at Staten Island, N.Y., renamed SS Fighter
    Renamed SS Carreto in 1955
    Renamed SS Zoe in 1960, reflagged Greece
    Struck a submerged object in July 1965, off the coast of Brazil, leaking and severely damaged upon arrival at Rio Grande, Brazil
  • Final Disposition, sold to Brazilian Breakers in July 1965.
    Displacement 3,665 t.(lt), 14,500 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 11 kts.
    Complement 105
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    three twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity 8,500 DWT
    Oil 63,000 Bbls
    Fuel CapacityNSFO 13,700 Bbls
    two Combustion Engineering 220psi boilers
    one three cylinder triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
    three recip-power 20Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    one 4 blade, 18' 6" propeller, 2,500shp

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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 Leopard (IX-122)
    Leopard - is one of the five extant species in the genus Panthera, a member of the cat family, Felidae. It occurs in a wide range in sub-Saharan Africa, in some parts of Western and Central Asia, Southern Russia, and on the Indian subcontinent to Southeast and East Asia. (Wikipedia)
    Tommy Trampp
    Leopard 150k Aerial port view of the station tanker USS Leopard (IX-122) under way, 4 April 1944, in the SW Pacific. Originally designed to carry dry cargo, the ship was converted to a tanker and spent her naval career doing harbor fueling duties from Australia to New Guinea areas.
    Australian War Memorial, Photo No. 302652
    Mike Green
    23k Starboard side view of the station tanker USS Leopard (IX-122) at anchor, circa 1944, location unknown.
    Photo courtesy of Vincent Nichola Ciaccia
    Robert Hurst
    Merchant Service
    Leopard 190k SS Yankee Fighter (ex-USS Leopard (IX-122) moored pierside in a US port, circa late 1940s
    Originally copyrighted by World Ship Society.
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Leopard 115k Greek flagged SS Zoe (ex-USS Leopard (IX-122) moored pierside, probably in a Mediterranean port, date unknown. Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Leopard (IX-122)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS).
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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