USS Winterberry, at an unknown location, while tightly secured to a net forward and a stern anchor aft, sighted a floating mine drifting rapidly toward her. By veering the forward wire (there was no time to disconnect) and heaving in on the after one, she moved partly out of the way. The screw was started astern, and under the influence of its wash, the mine, whose horns were plainly visible, passed by the stern of the ship at a distance of about three feet.
On March 28, 1945, in the new US anchorage at Kerama Retto, Okinawa, lookouts on USS Terebinth AN-59 sighted an unlighted boat approaching the ship's starboard bow. When challenged the craft did not reply. Since the unidentified vessel was too close for Terebinth to bring her 3-inch gun to bear, the ship's gunners opened fire with small arms. The boat dropped a depth charge near Terebinth, veered to starboard and sped off as a violent explosion shook the Net Tender. Fortunately Terebinth was not damaged.
ASH AN-7 AND CINCHONA AN-12 AT PEARL HARBOR:
USS ASH arrived Pearl Harbor 20 August 1941. USS CINCHONA on 17 October 1941. On 7 December 1941 ASH was at the Bishop's Point Section base near the Torpedo Nets protecting the harbor. CINCHONA was further up in the harbor where most of the ships were. ASH fired sporadically at some of the enemy planes during the two hours of the attack on Pearl Harbor. She claimed no kills and suffered neither casualties nor damage. CINCHONA manned both her 50 caliber machine guns and her 3 inch gun, and as the enemy repeatedly strafed her deck, she closed the gaps in the net defenses protecting the dry dock.
TEAK AN-35, SATINLEAF AN-43 AND SILVERBELL AN-51 AT PHILIPPINES:
In October 1944 a mighty force of ships, of all types, were gathering at Hollandia, Manus, Dutch Guinea and other South Pacific ports. They were preparing for the liberation of the Philippines. Among these ships were 3 Net Tenders: Teak AN-35, Satinleaf AN-43 and Silverbell AN-51. Net Cargo Ship Indus AKN-1 was also in this convoy. They left Hollandia on Oct. 18th with a large convoy of ships, arriving at San Pedro Bay in the Leyte Gulf Oct. 24th. At the same time (Oct 23-26) the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the most vicious sea fight in history, raged amid a torrent of torpedoes and Kamikaze raids.
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