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USS Buckeye (AN-13)
USS Buckeye (YN-8) (1942)
Buckeye (YN-8) (1941 - 1942)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Charlie - Zulu
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
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal

Aloe Class Net Laying Ship:
  • Authorized as Cottonwood (YN-8)
  • Renamed Buckeye, 16 October 1940
  • Laid down, 17 March 1941, as Yard Net Tender Buckeye (YN-8), at Commercial Iron Works, Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 26 July 1941
  • Placed in service, 5 September 1941, LT. Elias Johnson, USNR, in charge
  • Commissioned, USS Buckeye (YN-8), 26 December 1942, at Dutch Harbor, AK., LCDR. Elias Johnson, USNR, in charge
  • During World War II USS Buckeye was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Redesignated Net Layer (AN-13), 1 January 1944
  • Decommissioned, (DANFS -4 March 1947, at Subic Bay, P.I. or (Muster Sheets - 25 July 1947)
  • Eventually, laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego, Group
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1963
  • Transferred, 29 August 1962, to the Maritime Administration's National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Reacquired by the Navy, 5 May 1976, for use as a salvage training hulk at Pearl Harbor
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 660 t.(lt) 905 t.(fl)
    Length 163' 2"
    Beam 30' 6"
    Draft 11' 8"
    Speed 12.5 kts.
    Officers 4
    Enlisted 44
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    two .50 cal. machine guns
    Largest Boom Capacity 12 t.
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 665 Bbls
    two Enterprise DSG-6 Diesel engine
    single Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    two 60Kw 120V. D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 800shp

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    Buckeye 191k Ex-Buckeye (AN-13) in use as a salvage training hulk at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, November 1981. Photo by Chris Howell, Southland Ship Stores Limited, Port of Bluff, N.Z.

    Buckeye (YN-8 / AN-13)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Johnson, Elias, USNR (OinC)5 September 1941 - 26 September 1942
    02LCDR. Johnson, Elias, USNR26 September 1942 - 16 July 1943
    03LT. Church, Arthur Benjamin, USNR16 July 1943 - 17 February 1944
    04LT. Morrison, Horace L., USNR 17 February 1944 - 3 April 1945
    05LT. Fike, Thomas Henry, USNR3 April 1945 - 1 September 1945
    06LT. Donohoe, Richard Chamberlain, USNR1 September 1945 - 16 February 1946
    07ENS. Magee, William C., USNR16 February 1946 - 15 August 1946
    08LTjg. Crabb, George Arthur, USNR15 August 1946 - 15 December 1946
    09ENS. Wondka, Robert Paul, USNR15 December 1946 - 16 April 1947
    10ENS. Williams, James Clayton, USN (USNA 1947)16 April 1947 - 12 June 1947
    11ENS. Walden, Walter Albert, USN12 June 1947 - 25 July 1947
    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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