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USS Gum Tree (AN-18)
USS Gum Tree (YN-13) (1941 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Kilo - Sierra
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Aloe Class Net Laying Ship:
  • Laid down as (YN-13), at Marietta Manufacturing Co., Point Pleasant, WVA
  • Launched, 20 March 1941
  • Commissioned, USS Gum Tree (YN-13), 16 September 1941, LT. George H. Burrows, USNR in command
  • Redesignated (AN-18), 20 January 1944
  • Decommissioned, 20 June 1946 at Orange TX.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 7 February 1947
  • Transferred, 27 February 1948, to the Maritime Commission at Lake Charles, LA., for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 560 t.(fl) 805 t.(fl)
    Length 163' 2"
    Beam 30' 6"
    Draft 11' 8"
    Speed 12.5 kts
    Officers 4
    Enlisted 44
    Largest Boom Capacity12 t.
    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
    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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    USS Gum Tree (YN-13)
    Gum Tree 108k USS Gum Tree (YN-13) moored at Louisville, KY, 26 August 1941. Gum Tree is believed to be the first navy vessel to sail the Ohio River, paused at Louisville while enroute from her builders yard at Pleasant Point, West Virginia. to New Orleans.
    AP Wirephoto.
    Tommy Trampp
    USS Gum Tree (AN-18)
    Gum Tree 70k USS Gum Tree (AN-18) assisting in salvage operation of K-14 blimp of Airship Patrol Squadron Eleven (ZP-11), NAS South Weymouth, MA., 6 July 1944, off Bar Harbor ME.
    US National Archives photo.
    Joe Radigan
    Gum Tree 83k USS Gum Tree (AN-18) near the Boston Navy Yard, 20 September 1944. Her armament of one 3"/50 and four 20mm guns is clearly visible in this image. Note the platform added aft to carry two of the 20mm guns.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-71070, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Gum Tree 140k USS Gum Tree (AN-18) underway near the Boston Navy Yard, 20 September 1944.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
    Stan Svec

    USS Gum Tree (YN-13 / AN-18)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Burrows, George Henry, USNR6 January 1943 - October 1943
    02LT. Watson, Robert Frank, USNROctober 1943 - May 1944
    03LT. Waugh, Gordon Bruce, USNRMay 1944 - 20 June 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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