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USS Boxwood (AN-8)
USS Boxwood (YN-3) (1943 - 1944)
Boxwood (YN-3) (1941 - 1943)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Quebec - Papa
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Aloe Class Net Laying Ship:
  • Authorized as Yard Net Tender Birch (YN-3)
  • Named changed to Boxwood, 16 October 1940
  • Laid down, 19 November 1940, at Lake Washington Shipyards, Houghton, WA.
  • Launched, 8 March 1941
  • Placed in service, as Boxwood (YN-3), 25 July 1941, at Puget Sound Navy Yard, LT. R. W. Nordstrom, USNR, in charge
  • Commissioned USS Boxwood (YN-3), 2 January 1943
  • Reclassified Net Laying Ship (AN-8), 20 January 1944
  • Decommissioned, 13 November 1946 at Portland, OR.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Astoria, OR.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 9 October 1962
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration and laid up with the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA. until 1974
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 700 t.(fl) 805 t.(lim)
    Length 162' 2""
    Beam 30' 6"
    Draft 11' 8" (lim)
    Speed 12.5 kts. (trial)
    Officers 4
    Enlisted 44
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    two .50 cal machine guns
    one y-gun.
    Largest Boom Capacity 12 t.
    one Enterprise DSG-6 Diesel-electric engine
    single Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    Ships Service Generators two Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 800shp
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 665 Bbls

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    Boxwood 95k Boxwood (YN-3) underway near Houghton, Washington, 25 July 1941, the day of her commissioning. Note the tiny diesel smokestack just aft of the bridge.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo No. 19-N-24682 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Boxwood 49k Boxwood (YN-3) underway probably near Houghton, Washington during builders trials, July 1941.
    US Navy photo
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret and Robert Hurst
    Boxwood 103k Boxwood (YN-3) underway probably near Houghton, Washington during builders trials, July 1941.
    US Navy photo.
    Ron Titus and Stan Svec
    Boxwood 518k
    Net Tender Story
    My father Paul Edwards, was stationed at Net Depot, Indian Island, WA in 1942, where he painted a large mural on the library wall at the request of his CO. All my life I've wanted to know if it was still there. In April we were in Port Townsend and got a Public Affairs Officer number from the guards at Naval Magazine Indian Island. The officer took my call and has arranged for my father, now 97 and healthy, my brother, born in '42 in Port Townsend, my sister and me to an official tour of the base with the CO and tour officer and press officers. The murals are there now in a prominent place and are included in VIP tours from DOD and Congress. The Boxwood (YN-3) is shown at the dock. Here is a photo.
    Dave Edwards
    Glenn Paulson
    Boxwood 808k

    USS Boxwood (AN-8)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Officers in Charge (OinC) / Commanding Officers
    01LT. Nordstrom, R. W., USNR (OinC)29 July 1941 - ?YN-3
    04LT. Cheney, Harlan Lon, USNR31 July 1944 - 21 December 1944AN-8
    05LT. Fox, John Gerald, USNR31 December 1944 - 1 October 1945AN-8
    06LTjg, Chamberlin, Lewis Carroll, LTJG USNR1 October 1945 - 1 February 1946AN-8
    07LTjg. English, Glenn Harding, USNR1 February 1946 - 31 March 1946AN-8
    09LTjg. Deutsch, George Carl, USNR31 March 1946 - 1 July 1946AN-8
    09LTjg. Short, Alvin Luke, USNR1 July 1946 - 13 November 1946AN-8
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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