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USS Ailanthus (AN-38)
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USS Ailanthus (YN-57) (1943 - 1944)
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Ailanthus Class Net Laying Ship:
Laid down as Yard Net Tender, YN-57, 17 November 1942, at Everett-Pacific Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Everett, WA.
Launched, 20 May 1943
Commissioned USS Ailanthus (YN-57), 1 December 1943, LT. Donald B. Howard, USNR, in command
Reclassified Net Laying Ship (AN-38), 20 January 1944
Final Disposition, ran aground in Alaskan waters, 26 February 1944, declared a total loss
Struck from the Naval Register, 9 June 1944
Displacement 1,460 t.(fl)
Length 194' 6"
Draft 13' 6"
Speed 12.1 kts.
one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
Largest Boom Capacity 12 t.
Diesel 760 Bbls
Ship's Service Generators
two Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
two Busch-Sulzer BS-539 Diesel-electric engines
single propeller, 1,200shp
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||Ailanthus (YN-57) launching at Everett-Pacific Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Everett, WA., 20 May 1943
USS Ailanthus (YN-57 / AN-38)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Howard, Donald Baker, USNR||1 December 1943 - 28 February 1944|
|02||LT. Kennedy, Ralph Keast, USNR (acting)||28 February 1944 - 6 September 1944|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Net Tender Stories
Last Updated 24 January 2020
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