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USS Yew (AN-37)
USS Yew (YN-32) (1942 - 1944)
Yew (YN-32) (1942)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Foxtrot - Yankee
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

USS Yew (AN-37) was transferred to France and renamed Scorpion (A-728)
Aloe Class Net Laying Ship:
  • Laid down, as Yard Net Tender YN-32, 22 May 1941, at John H. Mathis Co,, Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 4 October 1941
  • Placed in service as Yew (YN-32), 1 July 1942
  • Reclassified as a Net Tender Ship and commissioned, USS Yew (AN-37), 1 January 1944
  • Decommissioned, 30 November 1944, at Oran, Algeria, simultaneously transferred to the French Navy under lend-lease, renamed RFS Scorpion (A-728)
  • Returned to US custody, 21 March 1949 and sold outright to France the same day
  • Yew was struck from the Naval Register, 28 April 1949
  • Final Disposition, sunk at Cikobia Island, Fiji, 30 July 1978, while under tow by RFS Locuste (A-765) [ex-USS Locust (AN-22)]. RFS Locuste struck a reef causing both vessels to sink
    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 Gears
    two Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ships Service Generators
    Single propeller, 800shp
    Fuel Capacity - Diesel 660 Bbls

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    USS Yew (AN-32)
    Yew 36k Yew (YN-32) underway, date and location unknown. Al Seguin
    RFS Scorpion (A-728)
    Yew 38k Ex-USS Yew (YN-32) underway while in French Naval service as RFS Scorpion (A-728) heading towards Papeete, circa 1969. Robert Hurst
    Yew 98k RFS Scorpion (A-728) dry docked, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Yew 65k RFS Scorpion (A-728) at anchor and location unknown.
    Photo from Marine Nationale.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Yew (AN-37)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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