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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive

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Butternut (YAG-60)
USS Butternut (ANL-9) (1969 - 1971)
USS Butternut (AN-9) (1944 - 1969)
USS Butternut (YN-4) (1942 - 1944)
Butternut (YN-4) (1941 - 1942)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Sierra - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Philippines Liberation Medal

Aloe Class Net Laying Ship:
  • Laid down, 11 March 1941, as Yard Net Tender (YN-4)at Lake Washington Shipyards Houghton, WA.
  • Launched, 10 May 1941
  • Placed in service, as Butternut (YN-4), 3 September 1941, LT. Andreas S. Einmo, USNR, in charge
  • Commissioned USS Butternut (YN-4), 13 May 1942, at Seattle, WA., LT. Andreas S. Einmo, USNR, in command
  • Reclassified Net Laying Ship (AN-9) in January 1944
  • During World War II USS Butternut was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Consolidation of Solomon Islands
    Consolidation of northern Solomons, 13 July to 23 October 1944 and 4 to 22 January 1945

  • Redesignated ANL-9, 1 January 1969
  • Decommissioned, 18 June 1969, at San Diego, CA.
  • Reinstated as Miscellaneous Auxiliary YAG-60 and placed in service on the Pacific Missile Range
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July1971
  • Final Disposition, destroyed as a target, June 1977
  • USS Butternut earned one battle star for 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)
    Officers 4
    Enlisted 44
    one single 3"/50 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 Gear
    two Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ships Service Generators
    Single propeller, 800shp
    Fuel Capacity - Diesel 620 Bbls

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    Butternut 336k USS Butternut (AN-9) underway, date and location unknown. Eddie Pinson USN Ret.
    Butternut 453k USS Butternut (AN-9) underway, date and location unknown. Eddie Pinson USN Ret.
    Butternut 92k USS Butternut (AN-9) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the 1966/67 Edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships".
    Robert Hurst
    Butternut 108k USS Butternut (AN-9) at the Pacific Missile Test Range, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, July 1963.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Butternut 147k USS Butternut (AN-9) towing a crane barge, and date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, July 1963.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Butternut 105k USS Butternut (AN-9) underway between 1964 and 1969 while testing the Mk-46 torpedo. Note the Mk-32 torpedo tube mount on the former anti-aircraft gun platform aft of the bridge.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 91834, courtesy
    Robert Hurst

    USS Butternut (YN-4 / AN-9)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Einmo, Andreas Sorenson, USNR (OIC)3 September 1941 - 1 May 1942
    01LT. Einmo, Andreas Sorenson, USNR1 May 1942 - 13 May 1942
    02LT. Kaune, Tiler, USNR13 May 1942 - 15 June 1943
    03LT. Berg, Harold Norman, USNR15 June 1943 - 1 September 1943
    04LTjg. Bogdon, Joseph Gordon, USNR1 September 1943 - 31 March 1944
    05LT. Malavasic Jr., Frank, USNR31 March 1944 - 3- June 1944
    06LT. Garrison, Jack Wilford, USNR30 June 1944 - 30 September 1945
    07LT. Zook, Frederick Herman, USNR30 September 1945 - 31 December 1945
    08LTjg. Hinchcliff, John Robert, USNR31 December 1945 - 1 April 1946
    09LTjg. Wilson, Walter Orrin, USNR1 April 1946 - 15 June 1946
    10ENS. Blawusch, Dirck Ellis, USNR15 June 1946 - 1 January 1947
    11LT. Kitchell, Glen, USN1 January 1947 - 1 February 1948
    12LT. Brothers, William Edward, USN1 February 1948 - 14 December 1948
    13LT. Laden, Robert Wilson, USNR14 December 1948 - 1 October 1950
    14LT. Wilson, Louis Amborse, USN1 October 1950 - 21 September.1951
    15LT. Flynn, James Adams, USNR21 September 1951 - 1953
    16LT. Trens, Mike Julio, LT1959 - ?
    17LT. Smith, Lee OranAugust 1963 - October 1964

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

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