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USS Aloe (AN-6)
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USS Aloe (YN-1) (1942 - 1944)
Aloe (YN-1)
(1941 - 1942)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Mike - Whiskey
NAMW
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:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    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
    Marianas operation
    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
    Specifications:
    Displacement 700 t.(fl) 805 t.(lim)
    Length 162' 2""
    Beam 30' 6"
    Draft 11' 8" (lim)
    Speed 12.5 kts. (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 4
    Enlisted 44
    Armament
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    two .50 cal machine guns
    one y-gun.
    Largest Boom Capacity 12 t.
    Propulsion
    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 90k 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.
    Aloe 70k 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
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Shawk, Harry Robert. USNR11 June 1941 - 30 December 1942
    02LT. Howard, Donald Baker. USNR30 December 1942 - 16 November 1944
    03LT. Stevens Jr. , Carl Lawrence, USNR16>November 1944 9 December 1945
    04LT. Keith Jr., David, USNR9 December 1945 - 2 April 1946
    05ENS. Davis, Carson Willis, USNR2 April 1946 - 2 July 1946
    06ENS. Lyon, Robert James, USNR2 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
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