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USS Guardoqui (IX-218)

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

  • Built in 1921 as the tanker E.T. Bedford, at Federal Shipbuilding Co., Kearny, N.J.
  • Assigned Registry Number (ID-4700) by US Navy
  • Acquired by the Navy from the War Shipping Administration (WSA), 6 June 1945
  • Commissioned USS Guardoqui (IX-218), 23 June 1945, at Pearl Harbor, T.H., LT. Harold L. Tysinger, in command
  • Decommissioned, 13 February 1946, at Mobile, AL.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL., name reverted to SS E. T. Bedford
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
  • Sold by the Maritime Commission, 28 January 1947, to H. H. Buncher Co, agent for Liberty Industrial Salvage Co.
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 15,665 t.
    Length 510' 6"
    Beam 68'
    Cargo Capacity
    Oil 121,800 Bbls
    Armament two single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    Speed 10 kts
    Complement 70
    two Busch Sulzer 2 cycle Diesel engines
    twin propellers, 3000 BHP

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    Merchant Service Standard Oil N. J.
    Guardoqui 49k USS Guardoqui (IX-218) in commercial service prior to WWII as Standard Oil of New Jersey tanker SS E.T. Bedford Auke Visserīs ESSO Tanker web site
    Guardoqui 84k Standard Oil of New Jersey tanker SS E.T. Bedford wearing neutrality markings between 1939 and 1941.
    The Steamship Historical Society of America. Photo No. 221269, courtesy
    Robert Hurst

    USS Guardoqui (IX-218)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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