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USS Manileno (IX-141)

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

Manileno Class Mobile Station Tanker:
  • Built in 1921, as SS Rapallo by Societa Eserciziono, Trigoso River, Italy for the Italian Oil company Agip
  • Interned, 8 December 1941, at Cartegena, Colombia
  • Acquired by the WSA from Colombia, date unknown
  • Renamed SS Polomaise, operated by Marine Transport Co., New York, N.Y.
  • Acquired by the US Navy from the WSA at Majuro, Marshall Islands, and commissioned USS Manileno (IX-141), 8 April 1944, CDR. Eugene L. McManus in command
  • During World War II USS Manileno was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, and returned to the WSA 7 February 1946, at Mobile, AL.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 March 1946
  • Sold for operation, 19 May 1947, to Agip Oil Company, name reverted to SS Rapallo, operational until April 1955
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in 1955 and broken up at Trieste
    Displacement 5,812 t.(lt), 8,500 t.(fl)
    Length 395'
    Beam 51' 10"
    Draft 30'
    Speed 10 kts.
    Complement 70
    Cargo Capacity total capacity 8,800 DWT
    NSFO 55,300 Bbls
    one single 4"/50 surface gun mount
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    one vertical triple expansion steam engine
    three single end Scotch boilers
    Ship's Service Generators
    one recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    one recip-drive 25Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,400shp

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    Merchant Service
    Manileno 65k SS Rapallo launching on the Trigoso River in Italy in 1921.
    Photo from the book "Le carrette degli armatori genovesi" by Pro Schiaffino
    Francesco Di Nitto
    Manileno 66k SS Rapallo at Catania, Italy in 1926. Francesco Di Nitto
    Manileno 66k SS Rapallo underway, circa 1951/52, location unknown. Francesco Di Nitto

    USS Manileno (IX-141)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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