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USS Belusan (IX-187)

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

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Medal

Belusan Class Mobile Floating Fuel Storage Ship:
  • Built in 1920 as MV Vistula at Howaldtswerke, Kiel, Germany
  • Chartered by Standard Oil of New Jersey, 20 April 1942, at Baton Rouge, LA.
  • Acquired by the War Emergency Tanker Inc., 10 April 1944
  • Transferred to the Navy from the War Shipping Administration, 11 February 1945, at Brisbane, Australia
  • Commissioned Miscellaneous Unclassified USS Belusan (IX-187), 14 February 1945, LCDR. William G. Allen, USN (Ret.) in command
  • During World War II USS Belusan was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 7 January 1946, at Subic Bay, P.I.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 21 January 1946
  • Returned to the War Shipping Administration for disposal, 7 January 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, (PDX-402), 13 March 1948 at Subic Bay, P.I. to the Asia Development Corp.
    Displacement 8,537 t.(lt) 20,000 t.(fl)
    Length 517' 6"
    Beam 64'
    Draft28' 4"
    Speed 10.5 kts
    Cargo Capacity
    Oil 103,000 Bbls
    11 Officers
    103 Enlisted
    one 4" gun mount
    one 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    eight single 20mm SS gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 11,200 Bbls
    two Krupp Diesel engines
    two Recip-drive 25Kw 110V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 3,200shp

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    Belusan 70k MV Vistula probably shown in the late 1920s or in the 1930s. This flush-decked tanker was built in Germany for a foreign affiliate of Standard Oil of New Jersey and was transferred to U.S. registry circa 1941. She became USS Belusan (IX-187) in 1945.
    Photo courtesy
    Mike Green
    Belusan 94k MV Vistula anchored in an American port on 4 October 1942.
    US Coast Guard photo now the Steamship Historical Society of America (Alex. Shaw). Photo No. 8537
    Photo courtesy
    Robert Hurst

    USS Belusan (IX-187)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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    Last Updated 7 August 2015