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

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

Precedence of awards is from left to right
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
    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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    USS Gum Tree (YN-13)
    Gum Tree 128k USS Gum Tree (YN-13) moored on the Ohio River in Kentucky, circa late September 1941. 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.
    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)
    DANFS History entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    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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    Last Updated 31 January 2014