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USS Teak (AN-35)
USS Teak (YN-30) (1942 - 1944)
Teak (YN-30) (1942)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

Individual Awards

Bronze Star (LT. Byron Hollett CO USS Teak)

Aloe Class Net Laying Ship:
  • Laid down, as Yard Net Tender, YN-30, 25 October 1940, at John H. Mathias Co., Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 7 July 1941
  • Placed in service as Teak (YN-30), 7 May 1942, LT. Fred E. Strum Officer in Charge
  • Commissioned, USS Teak (YN-30), 10 December 1942, at Colon, Panama Canal Zone, LT. Harl S. Day, USNR in command
  • Reclassified Net Laying Ship (AN-35), 30 January 1944
  • During World War II USS Teak was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 24 October to mid November 1944
    Manila Bay-Bicol operation
    Clearing wreckage in the harbor at Manila, 13 March 1945 to 16 April 1945
  • Decommissioned, 30 August 1946
  • Laid up in the Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1960
  • USS Teak earned two battle stars for World War II service and as a unit of the Ship Salvage, Fire-Fighting and Rescue Unit, Service Force, Seventh Fleet, received the Navy Unit Commendation and LT. Hollett the Bronze Star, for service in support of military operations in the Philippine Islands Area from 17 October 1944 to 10 June 1945.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 16 March 1976, to Levin Metals Corp., San Jose, CA.
    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 620 bbls
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    Teak 103k USS Teak (AN-35) near the Mare Island Navy Yard, 21 February 1944, after alterations.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-62751 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Teak 90k Broadside view of USS Teak (AN-35) in San Francisco Bay, 21 February 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1224-44,
    Darryl Baker
    Teak 90k Stern view of USS Teak (AN-35) in San Francisco Bay, 21 February 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1222-44.
    Darryl Baker
    Teak 93k Bow on view of USS Teak (AN-35) in San Francisco Bay, 21 February 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1226-44,
    Darryl Baker
    Teak 93k Forward plan view of USS Teak (AN-35) in San Francisco, 21 February 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1229-44,
    Darryl Baker
    Teak 93k Aft plan view of USS Teak (AN-35) in San Francisco, 21 February 1944. Teak is outboard of an unidentified PCE.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1230-44,
    Darryl Baker
    Teak 88k Forward plan view of USS Teak (AN-35) in San Francisco, 21 February 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1231-44,
    Darryl Baker
    Teak 138k USS Teak (AN-35) anchored at Humboldt Bay, Hollandia, New Guinea, 13 October 1944. Ships were gathering for the Leyte invasion. Note Teak has a gasoline barge alongside. She was enroute to a northern New Guinea P.T. Base, towing the barge full of gas, when she was ordered to return to Hollandia. The barge was tied along side until a tug took the barge in tow to complete the gasoline delivery to the P.T. Base. Teak left in a convoy for Leyte, October 18, 1944. In the far distance beyond Teak is USS Stack (DD-406). Photo contributed by John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder. Description contributed by John Chiquoine and Milt Meehan RDM2/c USS Teak
    Teak 176k USS Teak (AN-35) clearing wrecks in Manila Bay, Philippine Islands during March and April 1945.
    Series by Carl Mydans, Life Magazine, used for educational and non-commercial purposes.
    John Chiquoine
    Teak 217k
    Teak 195k
    Teak 207k
    Teak 268k
    Teak 155k LT. Byron Hollett, Commanding Officer USS Teak (AN-35) receiving his Bronze Star from Capt. G.P. Kraker. Alongside LT. Hollett is Reginald Sullivan, former mayor of Indianapolis. Milton Meehan RDM2/c USS Teak

    USS Teak (YN-30 / AN-35)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Strum, Fred E., (Officer in Charge)7 May 1942 - 10 December 1942YN-30
    01LT. Day, Harl Stanley, USNR10 December 1942 - 21 September 1944YN-30 / AN-35
    02LT. Hollett, Byron, USNR21 September 1944 - 12 September 1945AN-35
    03LT. Hale, Walter C., USNR12 September 1945 - 30 August 1946AN-35
    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
    Milt Meehan's log of the voyage of USS Teak (AN-35)
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