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USS Hackberry (AN-25)
USS Hackberry (YN-20) (1942 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Kilo - Zulu
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (22 August 1944)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

USS Hackberry was transferred to France and renamed RFS L'Araignee (A727)
Aloe Class Net Laying Ship:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as the Yard Net Tender Maple (YN-20), at American Shipbuilding Co., Cleveland, OH.
  • Renamed Hackberry, 16 October 1941
  • Launched, 28 October 1941
  • Commissioned, USS Hackberry (YN-20) 21 December 1942, LT. Clarance B. Wegner, USNR, in command
  • Redesignated Net Tender (AN-25), 20 January 1944
  • During World War II USS Hackberry was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of southern France, 15 to 28 August 1944

  • Decommissioned and transferred, under terms of the Lend-Lease Act, to France, 12 November 1944
  • renamed RFS L'Araignee (A-727)
  • Sold outright to France, 21 March 1949
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition fate unknown
  • USS Hackberry earned one battle star for World War II service
    Displacement 560 t.(lt) 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
    two .30 cal. machine guns
    two depth charge tracks
    single Main Reduction gear
    two Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 800shp

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    RFS L'Araignee (A727)
    Hackberry 66k Ex-USS Hackberry (AN-25) in French Naval service as the Boom Defense Vessel RFS L'Araignee (A727) underway, circa 1954. Robert Hurst
    Hackberry 57k RFS L'Araignee (A727) underway, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Hackberry 55k RFS L'Araignee (A727) underway, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Hackberry 40k RFS L'Araignee A727) underway circa 1960, location unknown.
    Photo Giorgio Arra, from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1961-62 edition.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Hackberry (AN-25)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Wegner, Clarence Byron, USNR21 December 1942 - September 1944
    02LT. Breinholt, Vance Lawrence, USNRSeptember 1944 - 12 November 1944
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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