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Cinnabar (IX-163)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Alpha - Yankee
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 - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Non-self propelled Barge:
  • Built in 1944 as a Maritime Commission type (B7-D1) concrete-hulled barge, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1337) at Barrett, Hilp & Belair Shipyard, San Francisco, CA.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Acquired by the Navy and placed in service as Cinnabar (IX-163), 26 September 1944
  • During World War II Cinnabar was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II Cinnabar was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 1 October to 3 December 1945
  • Grounded at Baten Ko, Buckner Bay, Okinawa, 9 October 1945
  • Placed out of service, 3 January 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 January 1946
  • Returned to the War Shipping Administration at Okinawa
  • Final Disposition, sold, 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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    Cinnabar 96k Cinnabar (IX-163) hard aground at Okinawa, , 7 November 1945. Cinnabar was grounded by Typhoon "Louise," 9 October 1945. Cinnabar was subsequently stripped and abandoned.
    US Navy photo
    Howard Longstreth
    YP-520 87k Wrecks in Buckner Bay, Okinawa, November 1945
    Photographed about a month after Typhoon Louise ravaged that port in October 1945. The vessel in the center of the photograph is USS YP-520, originally the tuna clipper Conte Grande. To the right is Cinnabar (IX-163). Above Cinnabar is the after portion of USS LST-826, and in the distance beyond USS YP-520 are YF-606 (on the left) and YF-626.
    US Navy photo # NH 105659 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command, collection of Dr. Richard Raymond Gratton (1915-1990), donated by his daughter, Barbara Gratton Stillwater, 2008.
    Marc Levine
    Cinnabar 122k Cinnabar (IX-163) in November, 1945 after being wrecked at Buckner Bay, Okinawa by Typhoon Louise on 9 October 1945. The remains of USS YP-520, are in the foreground, her wooden bow totally sheared off just forward of the foremast.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 105636, courtesy
    Mike Green
    YP-520 334k Wrecks photographed about a month after Typhoon Louise ravaged Buckner Bay in October 1945.
    The vessel in the center of the photograph is USS YP-520, originally the tuna clipper Conte Grande. Further out on the reef forward of YP-520 is Cinnabar (IX-163).
    Donn Cuson

    Cinnabar (IX-163)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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