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USS Rosewood (AN-31)
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USS Rosewood (YN-26) (1942 - 1944)
Rosewood (YN-26) (1941 - 1942)
November - Whiskey - Kilo - Uniform
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal (with bronze star in lieu of Fleet clasp)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
USS Rosewood (AN-31) was transferred to France, renamed RFS Libellule (A730);
Aloe Class Net Laying Ship:
Laid down, 18 October 1940, as the Yard Net Tender Rosewood (YN-26), at American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain , OH.
Launched, 1 March 1941
Placed in service, 13 September 1941, LT. D. Nicoli, Jr., USNR, in charge
Commissioned, USS Rosewood (YN-26) 18 June 1942;
During World War II Rosewood was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Redesignated Net Tender (AN-31), 20 January 1944
Decommissioned, 10 June 1946
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, Astoria, OR.
Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
Custody transferred to the Maritime Commission, 28 October 1968, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
Reacquired by the Navy for sale to France under terms of the Military Assistance Program
Delivered to France in January 1969, renamed RFS Libellule (A730)
Final Disposition, sunk as a target, near Brest, France, in 1983
Displacement 700 t.(fl) 805 t.(lim)
Length 162' 2""
Beam 30' 6"
Draft 11' 8" (lim)
Speed 12.5 kts. (trial)
one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
two .50 cal machine guns
Largest Boom Capacity 12 t.
one Enterprise DSG-6 Diesel-electric engine
Single Westinghouse Main Reduction Gear
two Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ships Service Generators
Single propeller, 800shp
Fuel Capacity - Diesel 620 Bbls
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| Rosewood (YN-26)
||Rosewood (YN-26) ceremony placing the ship in service, 13 September 1941, at Cleveland, OH. LT. D. Nicoli Jr. USNR reads his
orders putting the ship in service while the crew stands at quarters.
Officers from left to right, LT. T. H. Ross 9th Naval District Assistant Supervisor of
Shipbuilding, LT. D. Nicoli Jr., Officer in Charge, LTjg. R.E Kinnie, ENS. J.H. Bloodworth and ENS R.G Holt (hidden by boom).
| USS Rosewood (AN-31)
||Rosewood (AN-31) under way, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
| RFS Libellule (A730)
||Ex-Rosewood (AN-31) under way while in French Naval service as RFS Libellule (A-730), date and location unknown.
||RFS Libellule (A-730) moored pierside at a French naval base, date and location unknown.
Marine Nationale photo.
||RFS Libellule (A-730) under way, dates and locations unknown.Marine Nationale photo.
||Images of RFS Libellule (A-730) underway, date and location unknown.
||Arie van Mazijk
USS Rosewood (YN-26) / AN-31)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Nicoli Jr., D., USNR (Officer in Charge)||13 September 1941 - ?||YN-26|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 13 April 2018
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