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USS Pepperwood (AN-36)
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USS Pepperwood (YN-31) (1942 - 1944)
Pepperwood (YN-31) (1942)
November - Whiskey - Golf - Hotel
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
USS Pepperwood (AN-36) was transferred to France, renamed RFS Tarentule (A-729)
Aloe Class Net Laying Ship:
Laid down, 25 October 1940, as Yard Net Tender, YN-31, at John H. Mathias Co., Camden, N.J.
Launched, 7 July 1941
Placed in service as Pepperwood (YN-31), 8 June 1942, at Camden, N.J.
Commissioned, USS Pepperwood (YN-31), 15 December 1942, at Norfolk, VA., LT. Charles E. Hall in command
During World War II USS Pepperwood was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:
Reclassified Net Laying Ship (AN-36), 30 January 1944
Decommissioned, 15 December 1944
Transferred to the French Navy under Lend Lease, 15 December 1944, renamed RFS Tarentule (A-729)
Sold outright to France, 21 March 1948
Struck from the Naval Register, 28 April 1949
Struck from the French Navy, 14 April 1972
USS Pepperwood earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Campaign and Dates
|North African occupation, 24 April to 31 December 1943
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 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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||Pepperwood (YN-31) under way on trials in the Delaware River, off Camden, New Jersey, 10 June 1942.
US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 73437
| RFS Tarentule (A-739)
||Ex-Pepperwood (AN-36) in The Republic of France service RFS Tarentule(A-729) underway, circa 1946, location unknown.
||RFS Tarentule(A-729) underway, date and location unknown.
||RFS Tarentule(A-729) somewhere in Vietnam during the French-Indochina War.
||André Pilon, RFS Golo
||RFS Tarentule(A-729) at Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia, circa 1965.
||RFS Tarentule(A-729) at Mururoa Atoll, French Polynesia, circa 1969-70.
USS Pepperwood (YN-31 / AN-36)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 18 August 2017
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