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USS Orvetta (IX-157)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

  • Built in 1920 for the United States Shipping Board (USSB) as MV Tampa, at Oscar Daniels Co., Tampa, FL.
  • Leased by United States Lines, 23 November 1941
  • Acquired by the Navy, from the Maritime Commission, 4 April 1944
  • Converted for Naval service as a Barracks Ship at Matson Navigation Co., San Francisco, CA.
  • Commissioned USS Orvetta (IX-157), 7 June 1944, LCDR. G. L. Armstrong, in command
  • During World War II USS Orvetta (IX-157) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Orvetta was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    15 September 1945 to 12 May 194615 September 1945 to 12 May 1946

  • Decommissioned in late 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 10 June 1947
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission at Subic Bay, P.I., 26 January 1948, name reverted to SS Tampa
  • Dealt, 3 March 1948 to Asia Development Corp.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping at Hong Kong, 4th quarter of 1950
    Displacement 12,940 t. Length 418'
    Beam 54'
    Draft 27'
    Speed 9.5 kts
    Cargo Capacity 9,200 t. total
    non-refrigerated 38,000 cu ft
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    one single 40mm AA gun mount
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 14,400 Bbls
    one Worthington Diesel engine
    Ship's Service Generators
    three Diesel-drive 100Kw 120/240V D.C.
    three Diesel-drive 75Kw 240V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,900shp

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    RG-19-LCM Photo # unknown
    112k USS Orvetta (IX-157) at anchor near the US Naval Drydocks, Hunters Point, San Francisco, CA., 3 June 1944.
    US National Archives photos, RG-19-LCM, # unknown and RG-19-LCM Photo # 19-N-76758 US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    RG-19-LCM Photo # 19-N-76758
    Orvetta 33k USS Orvetta (IX-157) at anchor on Whangpoo River, Shanghai, China, 1945. David Whitt Dorsey, Sr.
    Orvetta 72k USS Orvetta (IX-157) moored to the buoys in the Whangpoo River below the customs jetty at Shanghai, China, in late 1945 or early 1946. Orvetta was used as a receiving ship for incoming and outgoing personnel. Note the additional accommodations built on deck forward.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo NH 68798, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Orvetta 135k USS Orvetta (IX-157) moored in the Whangpoo River below the customs jetty at Shanghai, China during her China Service, 15 September 1945 to 12 May 1946.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 69043. Mrs. William Clark, Thornton, Colorado, 1969.
    Mike Green
    Orvetta 47k USS Orvetta (IX-157) at anchor, date and location unknown. David Whitt Dorsey, Sr.

    USS Orvetta (IX-157)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Site
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Orvetta (IX-157)
    MARAD Vessel History Database
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