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USS City of Dalhart (IX-156)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Alpha - Kilo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) World War II Victory Medal

  • Built in 1921 for the United States Shipping Board (USSB) as MV City of Dalhart at Oscar Daniels Co., Tampa, FL.
  • Completed, 28 February 1921 and delivered to the USSB
  • Leased to United States Lines, 31 December 1941
  • Acquired by the Navy, 29 February 1944, at Oakland, CA.
  • Commissioned USS City of Dalhart (IX-156), 2 June 1944 at San Francisco, LCDR C. M. Lokey, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS City of Dalhart was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 11 to 15 August 1944

  • Decommissioned, 28 January 1946
  • Laid up, 28 January 1946, at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 February 1946
  • USS City of Dalhart earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 22 January 1947, to Florida Pipe & Supply Co.
    Displacement 8,747 t.(fl)
    Length 416'
    Beam 54'
    Draft 18' 9"
    Compliment unknown
    Cargo Capacity9,200 t. total
    non-refrigerated 38,000 Cu ft
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    one single 40mm AA gun mount
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 14,400 Bbls
    one Busch-Sulzer Diesel engine
    Ship's Service Generators
    three Diesel-drive 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    three Diesel-drive 75Kw 240V D.C.
    single propeller, 3,000shp

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    Merchant Service
    City of Dalhart
    203k Launching of City of Dalhart, 23 November 1920, at Oscar Daniels Co., Tampa, FL.
    Robert Hurst
    USS City of Dalhart (IX-156)
    City of Dalhart
    RG-19-LCM Photo # Unknown
    123k USS City of Dalhart (IX-156) near the US Naval Drydocks, Hunters Point, San Francisco, CA., 3 June 1944.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo No. Unknown and US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-77664 US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    City of Dalhart
    RG-19-LCM Photo # 19-N-77664
    City of Dalhart
    203k USS City of Dalhart (IX-156), headquarters & base ship for 301st U.S. Naval Construction Battalion, Guam anchorage circa 1944/45.
    U.S Navy photo. Pictorial Record, 30lst U.S. Naval Construction Battalion (April 1944 — December 1945), page 182. (
    Robert Hurst
    City of Dalhart
    161k LCDR McKay (Executive Officer NCB 301), LCDR Lokey (Commanding Officer, USS City of Dalhart) and CDR Elliott (Commanding Officer, NCB 301) meet on the boat deck of USS City of Dalhart (IX-156) in the Guam anchorage, 1944.
    U.S Navy photo. Pictorial Record, 30lst U.S. Naval Construction Battalion (April 1944 — December 1945), page 197.
    Robert Hurst

    USS City of Dalhart (IX-156)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Site
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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