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USS Meredosia (IX-193)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Kilo - Quebec
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Mobile Floating Storage Tanker
  • Laid down, 9 June 1920, at Union Construction Co., Oakland, CA., as the Emergency Fleet Corporation design 1047 tanker, Liebre
  • Launched, 15 December 1920
  • Completed, 1 February 1921
  • Assigned Registry Number (ID-4657) by US Navy
  • Acquired in 1921 by General Petroleum Corporation of California
  • Acquired in 1926 by the Standard Transportation Co, Inc.
  • Operated by Standard-Vacuum Transportation Co. Inc., 1931-1935
  • Operated by Socony-Vacuum Oil Co., Inc., 19351944
  • Acquired by the Navy in 1944 from the WSA on bareboat charter basis
  • Commissioned, USS Meredosia (IX-193), 16 February 1945, LT. Thomas E. Doey in command
  • During World War II USS Meredosia was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 2 February 1946, at Mobile, AL., and returned to WSA the same day
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 February 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, in February 1947, by the Maritime Commission to the H. H. Buncher Co., withdrawn 8 February 1947
    Displacement 16,000 t.
    Length 454'
    Beam 56'
    Draft 29' 6"
    Speed 10.5 kts
    8 officers
    92 enlisted
    Cargo Capacity Oil 10,935 DWT
    two single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    eight 20mm guns
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 13,400 Bbls
    one vertical triple expansion steam engine
    three Scotch boilers 220psi Sat°
    one recip-drive 120V D.C. Ship's service generator
    single propeller, 3,000shp

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    Merchant Service
    Standard-Vacuum Oil Company Socony-Vacuum Oil Company
    Meredosia 96k SS Liebre, 27 August 1941. She became USS Meredosia (IX-193) in 1945.
    The Steamship Historical Society of America (Alex. Shaw collection). Photo No. None. Courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    149k SS Liebre, underway, date and location unknown.
    Auke Visser's MOBIL Tankers & Tugs Site. Photo thanks to John Curdy
    Robert Hurst
    175k SS Liebre, at anchor, 25 November 1944, location unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo

    USS Meredosia (IX-193)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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