The USS Kangaroo (IX-121) was an Armadillo-class tanker designated an unclassified miscellaneous vessel, commissioned by the U.S. Navy for service in World War II. The ship built at Bethlehem Fairfield Shipyard, Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, was laid down under a Maritime Commission contract on 28 September 1943 as SS Paul Tulane and launched on 6 November 1943. During World War II, the USS Kangaroo (IX-121) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. While in the Pacific, the ship steamed over 20,000 miles and hauled more than 38,000,000 gallons of fuel oil and hundreds of drums of lubricating oil for fighting ships of the Navy. During her service, she refueled more than 80 ships, including ten aircraft carriers, 34 destroyers, 20 troop transports, 12 cargo ships, storage barges, oilers, and tank farms. If you think you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Kangaroo (IX-121), you may still be at risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses such as lung cancer and mesothelioma, and you should make an appointment with your doctor at your earliest convenience.
Died on 01/27/2017