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Trefoil (IX-149)
Midnight (IX-149) (1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Sierra - Golf

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

Midnight Class non-self propelled Barge
  • Laid down in 1944, as Midnight a Maritime Commission type (B7-D1) non-self propelled concrete-hulled barge, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1329), at Barrett, Hilp & Belair Shipyard, San Francisco, CA.
  • Acquired by the Navy, 5 March 1944
  • Placed in service as Midnight (IX-149), 9 March 1944. Lt. Neal King, USNR, in charge
  • Renamed Trefoil (IX-149), 10 June 1944
  • Placed out of service, 28 May 1948 and turned over to the Foreign Liquidation's Commission of the State Department for disposal
  • Sold to the Asia Development Corp., Shanghai, China
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 22 December 1948
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 5,678 t.(lt) 10,960 t.(fl)
    Length 366' 4"
    Beam 54'
    Draft 26'
    Complement 52
    Cargo Capacity 3,000 DWT
    non-refrigerated 292,000 Cu ft
    one single 40mm AA gun mount
    four single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 610 Bbls
    four Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators

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    Midnight IX-149
    Trefoil 96k Aft plan view of Midnight (IX-149) moored pierside at Oakland, CA., 29 March 1944, while undergoing preparations for Naval Service. Note the Crap game ongoing in the foreground.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 2034-44.
    Darryl Baker
    Trefoil 109k Forward plan view of Midnight (IX-149) moored pierside at Oakland, CA., 29 March 1944, while undergoing preparations for Naval Service. Note the sleeping yard worker next to the center hold.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 2035-44.
    Darryl Baker
    Trefoil 120k Midnight (IX-149) moored pierside at Oakland, CA., 29 March 1944, three weeks after being placed in service. This photo of her main deck shows her crawler crane, the new steel access to hold #4, a deck load of gas cylinders, the main deck house, the supply issue room, and the pilot house.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo No. 19-N-68948 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Trefoil IX-149
    Trefoil 77k Trefoil (IX-149) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from DANFS
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Trefoil 198k Aerial view of Trefoil (IX-149), anchored at Ulithi, Caroline Islands, circa October-December 1944.
    Photographed from an aircraft assigned to a Patrol Squadron assigned to USS Hamlin (AV-15) Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 80-G-K-2596
    Mike Green

    Midnight / Trefoil (IX-149)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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