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USS Rosewood (AN-31)
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USS Rosewood (YN-26) (1942 - 1944)
Rosewood (YN-26) (1941 - 1942)

Flag Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Kilo - Uniform
NWKU
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal (with 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., Cleveland, 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-26), 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
    Specifications:
    Displacement 700 t.(fl) 805 t.(lim)
    Length 162' 2""
    Beam 30' 6"
    Draft 11' 8" (lim)
    Speed 12.5 kts. (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 4
    Enlisted 44
    Armament
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    two .50 cal machine guns
    one y-gun.
    Largest Boom Capacity 12 t.
    Propulsion
    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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    USS Rosewood (AN-31)
    Rosewood 43k Rosewood (AN-31) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
    Stan Svec
    RFS Libellule (A730)
    Rosewood 43k Ex-Rosewood (AN-31) underway while in French Naval service as RFS Libellule (A-730), date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Rosewood 31k RFS Libellule (A-730) moored pierside at a French naval base, date and location unknown.
    Marine Nationale photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Rosewood 86k RFS Libellule (A-730) underway, dates and locations unknown.Marine Nationale photo. Robert Hurst
    Rosewood 55k Images of RFS Libellule (A-730) underway, date and location unknown. Arie van Mazijk
    Rosewood 57k
    Rosewood 70k
    Rosewood 61k
    Rosewood 62k

    USS Rosewood (YN-26 / AN-31)
    DANFS history entry at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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