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USS Villalobos (IX-145)
SS Typhoon (1943 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Romeo - Yankee
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 (3) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Medal

Villalobos Class Mobile Station Tanker:
  • Built in 1911 as SS William F. Herrin, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA.
  • Launched, 4 February 1911
  • Delivered, 20 March 1911, to the Associated Oil Co.
  • Assigned Registry Number (ID-3522) by US Navy
  • Twice renamed, first as SS Colorado and then as SS Typhoon
  • Acquired by the Navy, 19 October 1943, under a bareboat charter from the Maritime Commission's War Shipping Administration
  • Operated as SS Typhoon, until her commissioning data caught up with her
  • During World War II SS Typhoon was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Gilbert Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of Tarawa Atoll, 2 to 8 December 1943
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 27 July to 9 August 1944
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 8 to 9 August 1944
    Marshall Islands operation
    Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 7 to 8 February 1944

  • Commissioned, USS Villalobos (IX-145) in October 1944
  • Decommissioned, 16 February 1946, at Subic Bay, P.I.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 26 February 1946
  • Returned to Italian Government 16 March 1948
  • Transferred in Manila, 31 August 1948, by the Maritime Commission for commercial service, to the Maritime Petroleum Society and Navigation Co., Genoa, Italy
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS Villalobos as SS Typhoon earned three battle stars for her World War II service
    Displacement 4,398 t.(lt)
    Length 400'
    Beam 52' 1"
    Draft 29' 5"
    Speed 10 kts
    Complement 133
    Cargo Capacity
    Oil 51,300 Bbls
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    three twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    eight single 20mm gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 2,000 Bbls
    one vertical triple-expansion steam engine
    three single-ended cylindrical Scotch boilers, 200psi, Sat°
    Ship's Service Generators
    one recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    one recip-drive 10Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,500shp

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    Villalobos 49k SS William F. Herrin, photographed between 1911 and 1917. This Newport News-built ship joined the Italian merchant marine in 1928 and became USS Villalobos (IX-145) in 1944.
    US Navy photo from the Naval History and Heritage Command (SH), courtesy
    Mike Green

    USS Villalobos (IX-145)

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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