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USS Stonewall (IX-185)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - India - Sierra
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

Mobile Floating Storage Tanker:
  • Built in 1921 as the Emergency Fleet Corporation design 1047 tanker Frank G. Drum for Tidewater Associated Oil Co., at Bethlehem Steel Co., Alameda, CA.
  • Chartered by Tidewater Associated Oil Co., 26 April 1942, at Tacoma, WA.
  • Acquired by the Navy, 16 September 1944 from the War Shipping Administration
  • Commissioned, USS Stonewall (IX 185), 18 September 1944, LCDR. Dalmer D. Lett, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Stonewall was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 17 January 1946, at San Pedro, CA. and delivered to WSA for disposal
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 7 February 1946
  • Returned to Tidewater Associated Oil Co., 13 March 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold to Learner Co. for scrapping in February 1953
    Displacement 14,493 t.(fl.)
    Length 453'
    Beam 56'
    Draft 27' 5" (fl.)
    Speed 10 kts
    Cargo Capacity, 10,998 DWT
    Oil 75,000 Bbls
    Complement 70
    one 4"/50 gun mount
    one 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    eight 20mm AA gun mounts
    one vertical triple-expansion steam engine
    three single end boilers
    two Recip-drive 15Kw 120 V. D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller 2,700shp

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    Stonewall Jackson 62k

    Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson
    (January 21, 1824 May 10, 1863) was a Confederate general during the American Civil War, and the best-known Confederate commander after General Robert E. Lee. His military career includes the Valley Campaign of 1862 and his service as a corps commander in the Army of Northern Virginia under Robert E. Lee. Confederate pickets accidentally shot him at the Battle of Chancellorsville on May 2, 1863. The general survived with the loss of an arm to amputation, but died of complications from pneumonia eight days later. His death was a severe setback for the Confederacy, affecting not only its military prospects, but also the morale of its army and of the general public. Jackson in death became an icon of Southern heroism and commitment, becoming a mainstay in the pantheon of the "Lost Cause".
    Military historians consider Jackson to be one of the most gifted tactical commanders in U.S. history. His Valley Campaign and his envelopment of the Union Army's right wing at Chancellorsville are studied worldwide even today as examples of innovative and bold leadership. He excelled as well in other battles: the First Battle of Bull Run (First Manassas) where he received his famous nickname "Stonewall"; the Second Battle of Bull Run (Second Manassas); and the battles of Antietam, and Fredericksburg. Jackson was not universally successful as a commander, however, as displayed by his late arrival and confused efforts during the Seven Days Battles around Richmond in 1862.
    Tommy Trampp
    Stonewall 71k SS Frank G. Drum on trials near Alameda, CA., 26 March 1921. This ship became USS Stonewall (IX-185) in 1944.
    Photo courtesy
    Mike Green

    USS Stonewall (IX-185)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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