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USS Moose (IX-124)

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

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

Armadillo Class Mobile Station Tanker:
  • Laid down, 1 November 1943 as SS Mason L. Weems, a Maritime Commission type (Z-ET1-S-C3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1928) at Delta Shipbuilding Co., New Orleans, LA.
  • Renamed Moose 27 October 1943
  • Launched, 17 December 1943
  • Acquired by the Navy, 27 January 1944
  • Commissioned USS Moose (IX-124), 28 January 1944. LT G. E. Spencer, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Moose was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign;

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 28 May to 15 June 1945

  • Decommissioned, 19 April 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Delivered to the WSA, 27 April 1946, renamed SS Mason L. Weems and laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 May 1946
  • USS Moose earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Merchant Service
    Sold by the Maritime Commission in 1948 to Tramp Shipping & Oil Transportation Corp., renamed SS Yankee Pioneer
    Converted to a dry cargo ship at Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1948
    Sold to Weyerhaeuser Steamship Company, in 1951, renamed SS Y. L. McCormick
    Renamed SS Anji in 1961, US flagged
    Grounded and severely damaged in a typhoon near Hong Kong in September 1961
  • Final Disposition, scrapped at Hong Kong in March 1965
    Displacement 14,500 t. (limiting)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4" (limiting)
    Speed 12 kts. (trial)
    Cargo Capacity 8,500 DWT
    Oil 63,000 Bbls
    officers 10
    enlisted 95
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 13,900 Bbls
    one vertical triple expansion reciprocating steam engine
    two Combustion Engineering boilers, 220psi 450°
    three recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 2,500 shp

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    USS Moose (IX-124)
    Moose - The North American moose is a member of the New World deer subfamily and is the largest and heaviest extant species in the deer family. Moose are distinguished by the broad, palmate (open-hand shaped) antlers of the males. (Wikipedia)
    USDA Forest Service photo
    Tommy Trampp
    Moose 25k USS Moose (IX-124) at anchor, date and place unknown. Samuel G. McConathy GM 3/C USN USS Moose
    Merchant Service
    Moose 231k SS Yankee Pioneer (ex-USS Moose (IX-124) moored pierside in a US port, circa late 1940s
    Originally copyrighted by World Ship Society.
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Moose 42k SS Yankee Pioneer at anchor, date and location unknown. Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Moose (IX-124)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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