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USS Chinquapin (AN-17)
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USS Chinquapin (YN-12) (1942 - 1943)
Chinquapin (YN-12) (1941 - 1943)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Juliet - Hotel
NBJH
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 (3) - World War II Victory Medal


Aloe Class Net Laying Ship:
  • Laid down, 28 March 1941, as Fir (YN-12), at General Engineering and Dry Dock Co., Alameda, CA.
  • Renamed Chinquapin, 16 October 1940
  • Launched, 15 July 1941
  • Placed in service as Chinquapin (YN-12), 29 October 1941
  • Commissioned, USS Chinquapin (YN-12), 6 January 1943, at Naval Net Depot, Tiburon, CA., LT. Robert D. Abernathy, USNR, in command
  • Redesignated (AN-17), 20 January 1944
  • During World War II USS Chinquapin (AN-17) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marshall Islands operation
    Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 7 to 8 February 1944
    Occupation of Eniwetok Atoll, 17 February to 2 March 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 may to 30 June 1945
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 1 to 10 August 1944
     

  • Decommissioned, 6 March 1946, at Astoria, OR.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, Astoria
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS Chinquapin received three battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 560 t.(fl) 805 t.(fl)
    Length 163' 2"
    Beam 30' 6"
    Draft 11' 8"
    Speed 12.5 kts
    Complement
    Officers 4
    Enlisted 44
    Largest Boom Capacity12 t.
    Armament
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    one single 40mm AA gun mount
    three single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 620 Bbls
    Propulsion
    two Enterprise DSG-6 Diesel engine
    single Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    two Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 800shp

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    Chinquapin 63k USS Chinquapin (AN-17) tending nets at Guam, date unknown. Dempsey H. (Barney) Barnett EM/2C USNR USS Chinquapin
    Chinquapin 59k
    Chinquapin 54k USS Chinquapin (AN-17) crew members enjoying swim call after work, date and location unknown. Dempsey H. (Barney) Barnett EM/2C USNR USS Chinquapin
    Chinquapin 75k USS Chinquapin (AN-17)'s 3"/50 gun crew, circa 1945, location unknown. Dempsey H. (Barney) Barnett EM/2C USNR USS Chinquapin
    Chinquapin 74k USS Chinquapin (AN-17)'s single 40mm anti-aircraft gun mount crew. The gun, located on the stern was nicknamed "Fan Tail Annie", circa 1945, location unknown. Dempsey H. (Barney) Barnett EM/2C USNR USS Chinquapin
    Chinquapin 170k Chief Quartermaster Tenbosh, who served on board USS Chinquapin (AN 17) for two tours of duty in the South Pacific during World War II. Photo was taken at San Pedro/Long Beach, CA. in 1945 when Chinquapin had returned for an overhaul after her first tour of duty in the South Pacific. Photo submitted by Dempsey H. (Barney) Barnett EM/2C USNR USS Chinquapin. Contributed by Wilbur L. Rice SN USNR USS Chinquapin
    Chinquapin 66k USS Chinquapin (AN-17)'s single 40mm anti-aircraft gun mount six man crew, (D.H. "Barney" Barnett seated center left) circa 1945 off Okinawa. Dempsey H. (Barney) Barnett EM/2C USNR USS Chinquapin
    Chinquapin 113k USS Chinquapin (AN-17) crew members: Back Row:.....left (unidentified),....center (unidentified),..... right (Pitre),S.S.
    Front Row L to R ;, .....# 1 (Eugene "Salty" Harper) Seaman,................... #2.... (unidentified), .....# 3 (J.E. "Doc" King),. Medic. # 4 (Wilbur L. Rice) Radioman while at Okinawa in 1945.
    Photo submitted by Dempsey H. (Barney) Barnett EM/2C USNR USS Chinquapin. Contributed by Wilbur L. Rice SN USNR USS Chinquapin
    Chinquapin 272k USS Chinquapin (AN-17) crew members: Back Row; Left; (M. R. Offers,-EM), Center;(Pitre,-Ships steward), Right; (unknown), ................Front Row; Left; (Eugene"Salty" Harper,- seaman) Center; (unknown) Right; (Wilbur L. Rice,- Radioman), 1945. Photo submitted by Dempsey H. (Barney) Barnett EM/2C USNR USS Chinquapin. Contributed by Wilbur L. Rice SN USNR USS Chinquapin
    Chinquapin 65k LCVPs making smoke to cover USS Chinquapin (AN-17) and other ships at Okinawa. Chinquapin was often in unprotected situations while working on a net line, marker buoy installation etc. Small craft making smoke provided some cover from Japanese Kamikaze air raids. There was usually any where from 12 to 20 minutes advance warning time from pickets ships that the Japanese were heading toward the fleet anchorage allowing precious little time to make smoke to try to protect the ships in the anchorage. Photo submitted by Dempsey H. (Barney) Barnett EM/2C USNR USS Chinquapin. Contributed by Wilbur L. Rice SN USNR USS Chinquapin
    Chinquapin 69k
    Chinquapin 90k USS Chinquapin (AN-17) crew members left to right Radioman, " Cris''; Quartermaster, " Benny" and Signalman "Smitty " under the barrel of the ships 3"/50 gun, South Pacific, circa 1945. Dempsey H. (Barney) Barnett EM/2C USNR USS Chinquapin
    Chinquapin 34k USS Chinquapin (AN-17) clearing wreckage in Buckner Bay, Okinawa, 1945. Dempsey H. (Barney) Barnett EM/2C USNR USS Chinquapin, Courtesy Russel Fearman USS Chinquapin
    Chinquapin 38k USS Chinquapin (AN-17)'s liberty party waiting for inspection at Pearl Harbor, circa January 1945. Dempsey H. (Barney) Barnett EM/2C USNR USS Chinquapin
    Chinquapin 62k USS Chinquapin (AN-17) crew members, Barney Barnett (left) and "Bill" (right) ready for liberty inspection at Pearl Harbor, 1945. Dempsey H. (Barney) Barnett EM/2C USNR USS Chinquapin
    Chinquapin 46k USS Chinquapin (AN-17) with "Homeward Bound" Pennant flying is moored to an unidentified Net Tender, date and location unknown. Dempsey H. (Barney) Barnett EM/2C USNR USS Chinquapin
    Chinquapin 78k USS Chinquapin (AN-17)'s crew delivering a barge load of vital sonar equipment brought to Okinawa by the ship from Peal Harbor, date unknown. (CWO H.E. Burnett seated center) Dempsey H. (Barney) Barnett EM/2C USNR USS Chinquapin
    Chinquapin 60k USS Chinquapin (AN-17) underway during Typhoon Louise off Okinawa, 10 October 1945. Dempsey H. (Barney) Barnett EM/2C USNR USS Chinquapin, Courtesy Sam Miceli USS Chinquapin
    Chinquapin 69k Damage sustained by USS Chinquapin (AN-17) during Typhoon Louise, 9 October 1945, at Okinawa. The photo shows the damage to the starboard superstructure of Chinquapin after being rammed by two other ships during the typhoon. Other damage included a hole in port the bow and a ruptured stern tube which allowed water to pour into the ship. Dempsey H. (Barney) Barnett EM/2C USNR USS Chinquapin
    Chinquapin 69k A few of USS Chinquapin (AN-17)'s crew members posing for the folks back home. Dempsey H. (Barney) Barnett EM/2C USNR USS Chinquapin
    Aloe 70k One of USS Chinquapin (AN-17)'s signalmen (Smitty) on the bridge of USS Aloe (AN-6) while the two Net Tenders were moored together, date and location unknown. Dempsey H. (Barney) Barnett EM/2C USNR USS Chinquapin
    Chinquapin 61k Two of USS Chinquapin (AN-17)'s electricians Barney Barnett, left, and M.R. Offers on the forward working deck, 1945, location unknown. Dempsey H. (Barney) Barnett EM/2C USNR USS Chinquapin
    Chinquapin 48k USS Chinquapin (AN-17)'s prepares a diver to go over the side to service a net/mooring problem which was a net tender specialty. Dempsey H. (Barney) Barnett EM/2C USNR USS Chinquapin
    Chinquapin 88k USS Chinquapin (AN-17)'s 40mm AA gun mount crew at general quarters, date and location unknown. Dempsey H. (Barney) Barnett EM/2C USNR USS Chinquapin
    Chinquapin 84k USS Chinquapin (AN-17)'s engine room main control panel. Dempsey H. (Barney) Barnett EM/2C USNR USS Chinquapin
    Chinquapin 89k One of USS Chinquapin (AN-17)'s two 250 volt DC electric main propulsion drive motors. Dempsey H. (Barney) Barnett EM/2C USNR USS Chinquapin
    Chinquapin 27k One of USS Chinquapin (AN-17)'s two main propulsion diesel engines, which drove electric generators, to generate electric power. Dempsey H. (Barney) Barnett EM/2C USNR USS Chinquapin
    Chinquapin 56k USS Chinquapin (AN-17) crew members, CMMoM Springer (left) and CBM Tubbs (right), date and location unknown. Dempsey H. (Barney) Barnett EM/2C USNR USS Chinquapin
    Chinquapin 53k USS Chinquapin (AN-17) towed this Gate Tender (YNg) from Pearl Harbor to Okinawa to be used in the harbor net defense system. The YNg had a fixed mooring and was non-self propelled, 1945. Photo submitted by Dempsey H. (Barney) Barnett EM/2C USNR USS Chinquapin. Contributed by Wilbur L. Rice SN USNRUSS Chinquapin
    Chinquapin 99k USS Chinquapin (AN-17)'s crew celebrate their homecoming at Amato's Supper Club, Astoria, OR., February 1946. Gorton Berry (Commanding Officer) is seated left and D. H. ( Barney ) Barnett, on the ladies' immediate left, Dempsey H. (Barney) Barnett EM/2C USNR USS Chinquapin
    Chinquapin 117k USS Chinquapin (AN-17) crew members Eugene "Smitty"Smith, (signalman), and right; Kenneth Claflin, Dempsey H. (Barney) Barnett EM/2C USNR USS Chinquapin

    USS Chinquapin (AN-17)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Abernathy, Robert Donald, USNR (OinC)6 January 1943 - August 1943
    02LT. Hammons, Charles Thomas, USNRAugust 1943 - June 1944
    03LT. Berry, Walter Gorton, USNRJune 1944 - 14 December 1945
    04ENS. Rist, Donald Evan, USNR14 December 1945 - 6 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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