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USS Malvern (IX-138)

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

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

Malvern Class Mobile Station Tanker:
  • Built in 1901 as the tanker SS Pinna, at Armstrong, Whitworth & Co., Newcastle-on-Tyne, England
  • Renamed SS British Earl in 1917
  • Sold, renamed SS Tanskchindler, reflagged Germany circa 1929
  • Sold, renamed SS Orissa, reflagged Italy in 1931
  • Seized by the Maritime Commission, date and location unknown, renamed SS Malvern, 3 November 1943
  • Acquired by the US Navy from the War Shipping Administration under bareboat charter, 11 May 1944, at Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands
  • Commissioned USS Malvern (IX-138), 11 May 1944
  • Decommissioned, 16 February 1946, at Manila, P.I.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 26 February 1946
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission for service as SS Orissa under the Panamanian flag
  • Returned to Italian Government per Executive Order 9935 signed by President Truman, 16 March 1948
  • Sold to Henderson Trippe Corp, between 1948 and 1950
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 13,250 t.(fl)
    Length 436' 10"
    Beam 51' 10"
    Draft 27' 3"
    Speed 7 kts.
    Officers 8
    Enlisted 76
    Cargo Capacity 55,800 Bbls
    one single 4"/50 cal gun mount
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 9,750 Bbls
    one vertical triple-expansion steam engine
    three single-ended cylindrical Scotch boilers, 170psi, Sat.
    two turbo-drive 35Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 2,300shp

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    Size Image Description Contributed
    Malvern 60k SS Pinna became the British SS British Earl in 1917. After two years under the German flag this ship joined the Italian merchant marine in 1931. She became USS Malvern (IX-138) in 1944.
    The Steamship Historical Society of America, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    69k SS Pinna underway at Manchester, England, circa 1901-1917
    Tyne Built Ships
    John Spivey
    57k SS British Earl underway, circa 1917-1929, location unknown.
    Tyne Built Ships
    John Spivey

    USS Malvern (IX-138)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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    Last Updated 18 November 2022