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USS Buckthorn (AN-14)
USS Buckthorn (YN-9) (1942 - 1944)
Buckthorn (YN-9) (1941 - 1942)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Foxtrot - Mike
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)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Aloe Class Net Laying Ship:
  • Laid down, 5 December 1940, as the Yard Net Tender Buckthorn (YN-9) at General Engineering and Dry Dock Co., Alameda, CA.
  • Launched, 27 March 1941
  • Placed in service, 16 September 1941, at Mare Island Navy Yard, LT. Lewis Williams. USNR. in charge
  • Commissioned, USS Buckthorn (YN-9), 9 December 1942
  • During World War II USS Buckthorn was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Redesignated Net Laying Ship (AN-14), 1 January 1944
  • Decommissioned, 20 August 1947, at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Transferred, 29 August 1962, to the Maritime Administrations's National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1963 and title transferred to the Maritime Administration
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 22 January 1976, to Ziedell Explorations, Portland, OR. (PD-X-1002, dated 10 December 1975) for $10,000.00, withdrawn from the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet, 4 March 1976
    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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    Buckthorn (YN-9)
    Buckthorn 131k Buckthorn (YN-9) under construction at General Engineering and Dry Dock Co., Alameda, CA., circa March to September 1941.
    US Navy Bureau of Ships photo.
    Tommy Trampp
    USS Buckthorn (AN-14)
    Buckthorn 29k USS Buckthorn (AN-14) at anchor, March 1943, place unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Hyperwar US Navy in WWII

    Buckthorn [YN-9) / USS Buckthorn (AN-14)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Williams, Lewis, USNR (OinC)16 September 1941 - 22 May 1942
    02LT. Wall, Tudor Alphonse, USNR (OinC)22 May 1942 - 9 December 1942
    02LT. Wall, Tudor Alphonse, USNR9 December 1942 - May 1943
    03LT. Lindley, John Robert York, USNRMay 1943 - August 1944
    04LT. Frasier, Joseph Hugh, USNRAugust 1944 - December 1944
    05LT. Hall, Carl Ausbin, USNDecember 1944 - May 1946
    06LTjg. Franklin, Oliver Wilson, USNMay 1946 - 16 September 1946
    07ENS. Gilliam, George M., USN16 September 1946 - February 1947
    08LT. Wilson, Frederick Paul, USNFebruary 1947 - 1 July 1947
    09LTjg. Buchanan, Stewart Vernon, USN1 July 1947 - 20 August 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
    MARAD Vessel History Database
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