USS Dawn (IX-186)

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USS Dawn (IX-186)
USS Dawn awaiting decommissioning at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, sometime between February and April 1946.
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Name: USS Dawn
Builder: Moore Shipbuilding Company, Oakland, California
Completed: 1920
Acquired: 25 December 1944
Commissioned: 26 December 1944
Decommissioned: 12 April 1946
Fate: Transferred to War Shipping Administration 12 April 1946
Notes: Built as commercial tanker SS Vacuum
General characteristics
Type: Tanker
Displacement: 15,381 tons (full load)
Length: 438 ft 5 in (133.63 m)
Beam: 57 ft (17 m)
Draft: 27 ft 6 in (8.38 m)
Propulsion: Steam engines
Speed: 9 knots
Complement: 107
Armament: 1 x 4-inch (102-millimeter) gun
1 x 3-inch (76.2-millimeter) gun
8 x 20-millimeter antiaircraft guns

The third USS Dawn (IX-186) was a United States Navy tanker in commission from 1944 to 1946.

Dawn was built in 1920 as the commercial tanker Vacuum by Moore Shipbuilding Company at Oakland, California. During World War II she came under control of the War Shipping Administration, which transferred her to the U.S. Navy at Brisbane, Australia, on 25 December 1944. She was commissioned on 26 December 1944 as the "miscellaneous unclassified" ship USS Dawn (IX-186) with Lieutenant Commander H. V. Perron in command.

Dawn departed Brisbane on 7 January 1945 for Hollandia, New Guinea, where she completed her outfitting between 17 January 1945 and 24 January 1945. She then carried gasoline to Leyte in the Philippine Islands, where she arrived on 2 February 1945. She provided floating gasoline storage in the Philippines until 11 November 1945.

On 11 November 1945, Dawn got underway for San Diego, California, arriving there on 1 January 1946. On 8 January 1946, she departed for Norfolk, Virginia, arriving there on 8 February 1946.

Dawn was decommissioned at Norfolk on 12 April 1946 and transferred to the War Shipping Administration the same day.