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USS Abarenda (IX-131)

Flag Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Mike - Tango
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal

USS Abarenda was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
Floating Storage Tanker:
  • Built in 1916 as the Emergency Fleet Corporation design 1047 tanker SS Acme for the United States Shipping Board at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, CA.
  • Operated by Standard Oil Company of New York
  • Assigned Registry Number (ID-2103) by the U.S Navy in 1917
  • Time charter by Socony-Vaccumm Oil Co., 20 April 1942
  • Renamed Abarenda, 3 November 1943
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 26 February 1944, at New Caladonia
  • Commissioned USS Abarenda (IX-131), 18 April 1944, LCDR. Benjamin F. Lang-land, USCGR, in command
  • During World War II USS Abarenda (IX-131) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 28 February 1946, in the Philippines
  • Returned to the War Shipping Administration (WSA) that same day
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, at Subic Bay, P.I.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 20 March 1946, name reverted to SS Acme
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 29 January 1948, at Subic Bay to the Asia Development Corp. (PD-X-402) $271,000.00 in a 15 ship sale
    Displacement 19,410 t.(fl)
    Length 453'
    Beam 56'
    Draft 25' 6"
    Speed 10.2 kts
    Officers 10
    Enlisted 110
    Cargo Capacity unknown
    Armament unknown
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 8,700 Bbls
    one vertical triple-expansion steam engine
    three single-ended Scotch boilers, 200psi Sat°
    three recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 2,500shp

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    Merchant Service Standard Oil Company of New York Socony-Vacuum Oil Company
    Abarenda 101k SS Acme at anchor, circa 1916, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 104164, courtesy
    Mike Green
    41k SS Acme at anchor, circa 1916, location unknown.
    Auke Visser's MOBIL Tankers & Tugs Site
    Robert Hurst
    Abarenda 45k SS Acme moored pierside, possibly in the vicinity of San Francisco, CA., 7 December 1917, when she was inspected by the Twelfth Naval District.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 104070, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    59k Port side view of SS Acme (later USS Abarand (IX-131), tied up dockside, date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy of Eldredge Collection, Smithsonian Instiution
    Robert Hurst
    80k Starboard side view of SS Acme, underway, 8 October 1923, location unknown. Photo by William B. Taylor
    Image and text courtesy of Auke Visser's MOBIL Tankers & Tugs Site
    Robert Hurst
    86k Port side quarter stern view of the damaged U.S. War Shipping Administration (WSA) operated tanker SS Acme, 17 March 1942. Acme was torpedoed and damaged by U124 about 1 mile West of Diamond Shoals Light Buoy, N.C. in position 35.05 N 75.20 W while on passage in ballast from New York to Corpus Christi with the loss of 11 lives. She was abandoned and 20 survivors were rescued by USCG Dione and were landed at Norfolk, VA. The ship was later towed to Lynnhaven Roads, VA then to Newport News for repairs. U.S. Coast Guard photo. Acme (2) - (1916-1943)
    Image and text courtesy of Auke Visser's MOBIL Tankers & Tugs Site
    Robert Hurst
    Abarenda 154k SS Acme under tow after being torpedoed in the stern on 17 March 1942 by U-124 off North Carolina. She was abandoned by her crew but was later towed by Navy and Coast Guard vessels to Lynnhaven Roads, VA., and then to Newport News for repairs.
    US National Archives photo #80-G-177204, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Abarenda 132k SS Acme at anchor, 19 August 1943, location unknown.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo No. Unknown, a US Coast Guard photo now in the collections of the US National Achieves, courtesy
    Mike Green

    USS Abarenda (IX-131)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS Abarenda (IX-131)
    MARAD Vessel History Database
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