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Barite (IX-161)

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November - Alpha - Alpha - Uniform
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

Midnight Class Non-self propelled Storage Barge:
  • Laid down, 24 November 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (B7-D1) concrete-hulled barge, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1335) at Barrett, Hilp & Belair Shipyard, South San Francisco, CA.
  • Designated IX-161, 7 February 1944
  • Launched, 18 February 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy and placed in service as Barite (IX-161) 31 August 1944
  • Barite was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and served as a floating lubricating oil facility at Ulithi, Saipan and Leyte
  • Placed out of service, 5 August 1946 at Subic Bay, P.I. and delivered to the War Shipping Administration for disposal
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 August 1946
  • Sold to the Asia Development Corp. in China, delivered, 23 April 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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    Barite 125k Barite (IX-161 at anchor, probably at Pearl Harbor in October 1944 when it was in transit to her first station at Ulithi. Chris Hoage

    Barite (IX-161)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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