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USS Aloe (AN-6)
International Radio Call Sign:
USS Aloe (YN-1) (1942 - 1944)
Aloe (YN-1) (1941 - 1942)
November - Alpha - Mike - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 18 June 1944) - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal
Aloe Class Net Laying Ship:
Laid down, 14 October 1940, as Yard Net Tender (YN-1), at Lake Washington Shipyards Houghton, WA.
Launched, 11 January 1941
Placed in service, 11 June 1941, LTjg. Harry R. Shawk, USNR, Officer in Charge
Commissioned USS Aloe (YN-1), 30 December 1942, LT. Donald B. Howard, USNR, in command
Reclassified Net Tender (AN-6), 31 January 1944
During World War II USS Aloe (AN-6) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Consolidation of Solomon Islands
Consolidation of southern Solomons, 7 April 1943
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 May to 30 June 1945
Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 July to 15 August 1944
Decommissioned, 3 August 1946, at Portland, OR.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
Struck from the Naval Register, 9 October 1962
Transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 14 May 1971, to I. D. Logan
USS Aloe earned three battle stars for her World War II service
Displacement 700 t.(fl) 805 t.(lim)
Length 162' 2""
Beam 30' 6"
Draft 11' 8" (lim)
Speed 12.5 kts. (trial)
one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
two .50 cal machine guns
Largest Boom Capacity 12 t.
one Enterprise DSG-6 Diesel-electric engine
Single Westinghouse Main Reduction Gear
two Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ships Service Generators
Single propeller, 800shp
Fuel Capacity - Diesel 620 Bbls
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||Aloe (YN-1) at the net depot Tiburon, CA., 1941. Note, that the ship is painted in the then-standard prewar No.5 Navy gray, and carries her hull number (1) just forward of her foremast.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-350013 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
||One of USS Chinquapin (AN-17)'s signalmen (Smitty) on the bridge of USS Aloe (AN-6), date and location unknown.
||Dempsey H. (Barney) Barnett EM/2C USNR USS Chinquapin
Aloe (YN-1 / USS Aloe (AN-6)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LTjg. Shawk, Harry Robert. USNR||11 June 1941 - 30 December 1942|
|02||LT. Howard, Donald Baker. USNR||30 December 1942 - 16 November 1944|
|03||LT. Stevens Jr.
, Carl Lawrence, USNR||16>November 1944 9 December 1945 |
|04||LT. Keith Jr., David, USNR||9 December 1945 - 2 April 1946|
|05||ENS. Davis, Carson Willis, USNR||2 April 1946 - 2 July 1946|
|06||ENS. Lyon, Robert James, USNR||2 July 1946 - 3 August 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Net Tender Stories
Last Updated 20 June 2014
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|