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USS Silica (IX-151)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Alpha - Alpha
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

Non-self propelled Storage Barge:
  • Laid down, 5 December 1943, as Bauxite, a Maritime Commission type (B7-D1) concrete-hulled barge, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1331), at Barrett, Hilp & Belair Shipyard, San Francisco, CA.
  • Launched, 31 December 1943
  • Acquired by the Navy and commissioned USS Silica (IX-151), 8 June 1944, LT. Ormond A. Seavey, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Silica was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Damaged beyond economical repair by a typhoon at Buckner Bay, Okinawa, 9 October 1945
  • Placed out of service 30 November 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 January 1946
    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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    Silica 108k USS Silica at anchor in 1944-45 while serving as a floating warehouse at a mobile supply and repair advance base in the Western Pacific.
    US National Archives, photo # 80-G-325591 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green

    USS Silica (IX-151)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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