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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive

Contributed by Mike Smolinski

USS Mulberry (AN-27)
USS Mulberry (YN-22) (1942 - 1944)
Mulberry (YN-22) (1941 - 1942)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Bravo - Tango
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (1) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

USS Mulberry (AN-27) was transferred to Ecuador and renamed Orion (H-101)
Aloe Class Net Laying Ship:
  • Laid down, 18 October 1940, as a Yard Net Tender at American Shipbuilding Co., Cleveland, OH.
  • Launched, 26 March 1941
  • Placed in service as Mulberry (YN-22), 1 November 1941, in the 10th Naval District at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
  • Commissioned, USS Mulberry (YN-22), 19 December 1942, LT. William G. Holly in command
  • Reclassified Net Laying Ship (AN-27), 20 January 1944
  • During World War II USS Mulberry was assigned to the American and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters
  • USS Mulberry was assigned to China Service from 27 October to 12 November 1955
  • During the Korean War USS Mulberry participated in the following campaign:

    Korean War Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Korea, Summer-Fall 1953
    29 May to 15 June 1953
    8 to 11 July 1953
    24 and 25 July 1953
  • Decommissioned, 11 April 1960
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Returned to US Navy custody, 16 August 1965
  • Transferred on loan, under terms of the Military Assistance Program, to Ecuador in November 1965, renamed Orion (H-101)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1980
  • USS Mulberry earned one battle star for Korean Service
    Displacement 700 t.(fl) 805 t.(lim)
    Length 162' 2""
    Beam 30' 6"
    Draft 11' 8" (lim)
    Speed 12.5 kts. (trial)
    Officers 4
    Enlisted 44
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    two .50 cal machine guns
    one y-gun.
    Largest Boom Capacity 12 t.
    one General Motors 6278 Diesel-electric engine
    Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gear
    Ships Service Generators
    three Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 800shp
    Fuel Capacity 620Bbls

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    USS Mulberry (YN-22)
    Mulberry 69k USS Mulberry (YN-22) under way off Old Bay Line piers, Norfolk, VA., 12 August 1943.
    US Navy photo - Norfolk Navy Yard Photo SeriaL No. 5783(43)
    Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Mulberry 154kk USS Mulberry (YN-22) under way off Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA., 12 August 1943.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 73428
    Mike Green
    USS Mulberry (AN-27)
    Mulberry 127k USS Mulberry (AN-27) entering Long Beach Harbor, April 1964. Photo courtesy Glen Paulson RM2, USS Anaqua
    Caption courtesy Robert C. Cooper YN2, USN.USS Mulberry
    Mulberry 37k USS Mulberry (AN-27) in dry dock at US Naval Shipyard Hunters Point, San Francisco, CA. before deployment to the Far East, circa 1950.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine September 1952
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Mulberry 98k The Homeward-Bound pennant files for the masthead of USS Mulberry (AN-27) as she leaves Yokosuka, Japan for the US after 5 years in the Far East, circa December 1955.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine February 1956
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Mulberry 41k USS Mulberry (AN-27) underway, circa 1955, location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships 1956-57"
    Robert Hurst
    Mulberry 115k USS Mulberry (AN-27) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Arie van Mazijk

    For more photos and information about USS Mulberry, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • USS Mulberry History by Bob Cooper
  • Net Tender Stories

  • Commanding Officers
    01LT. Holly, William Gabriel9 December1942 - 1 March 1944
    02LT. Haas, Jacob A.1 March 1944 - 6 September 1945
    03LT. Schraegle Jr., William A.6 September 1945 - 30 November 1945
    04LT. Bryan, William George30 November 1945 - 24 January 1946
    05LTjg. Sterner, George W.24 January 1946 - 22 March 1946
    06LTjg. Howard, William M.22 March 1946 - 1 October 1947
    07LTjg. Alexander, Joseph K.1 October 1947 - 16 February 1949
    08LTjg. Birtch, James B.16 February 1949 - 6 November 1950
    09LT. Rabe, Raymond August6 November 1950 - 18 January 1951
    10LT. Benson, Ingram Thomas18 January 1951 - 19 August 1952
    11LT. Martin, Sidney Joseph19 August 1952 - 23 September 1953
    12LT. Sternberg, William Gerard23 September 1953 - 16 June 1955
    13LT. Peterson, Harry William16 June 1955 - 7 June 1957
    14LTjg. Kennedy, William Everett, USN (USNA 1953)7 June 1957 - 21 August 1958
    15LTjg. Fitzgerald, M. J.21 August 1958 - 11 April 1960
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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