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USS Elder (AN-20)
International Radio Call Sign:
USS Elder (YN-15) (1942 - 1944)
Elder (YN-15) (1941 - 1942)
November - Bravo - Mike - Victor
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal - Philippine Liberation Medal - Philippine Independence Medal
Aloe Class Net Laying Ship:
Authorized as Yard Net Tender Juniper (YN-15)
Laid down as Elder (YN-15), at Marietta Manufacturing Co., Point Pleasant, WVA.
Launched, 19 June 1941
Placed in service, 12 November 1941, LT. T. D. E. Martin, USNR, in charge
Commissioned, USS Elder (YN-15), 15 December 1942, LT. D. H. Morse, USNR, in command
Redesignated (AN-20), 20 January 1944
During World War II USS Elder was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Gilbert Islands operation, 18 November to 8 December 1943
Decommissioned, 18 December 1959, in the 13th Naval District
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Final Disposition, fate unknown
USS Elder earned one battle star for World War II service
Displacement 560 t.(lt) 700 t.(fl)
Length 151' 8"
Beam 30' 6"
Draft 10' 6"
Speed 15 kts.
one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
three single 20mm AA gun mounts
Propulsion diesel, single propeller
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||USS Elder (AN-20) (off in the distance) as seen from either USS Chinquapin (AN-17) or USS Papaya (AN-49),
overhauls a net lain earlier. Note the LCM (center) towing a net section to the net line.
||USS Elder (AN-20) returns to Pearl Harbor from the Far East after eleven months laying and repairing harbor defense nets.
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, March 1952 issue.
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
||USS Elder (AN-20) moored pierside at Harbor Defense Unit,
Port Townsend, WA., circa 1955-1956.
||Leroy Jones USS Teaberry (AN-34)
||USS Elder (AN-20) at anchor, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, March 1959 issue.
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
USS Elder (YN-15 / AN-20)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LT. Martin, T. D. E. USNR (Officer in Charge)||12 November 1941 - ?|
|02||LT. Morse, D. H. USNR||15 December 1942 - ?|
|02||LT. Belechak, Stephen Clair||no dates|
|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
Last Updated 10 May 2013
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|