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Asphalt (IX-153)

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

Trefoil Class non-self propelled Storage Barge:
  • Built in 1944 as a Maritime Commission type (B7-D1) concrete-hulled barge, under a Maritime Commission contract at Barrett, Hilp & Belair Shipyard, San Francisco, CA.
  • Launched, date unknown Acquired by the Navy and placed in service as Asphalt (IX-153), 30 June 1944
  • Damaged beyond economical repair by a storm at Saipan, 6 October 1944
  • Placed out of service, 23 February 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 January 1946
  • Final Disposition, abandoned (145° 42" 14.27"N. 15° 13" 02.60N)
    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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    Asphalt 783k The wreck of ex-Asphalt (IX-153) at Saipan. Photo by Phil Orr

    Asphalt (IX-153)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

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

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