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USS Ailanthus (AN-38)
USS Ailanthus (YN-57) (1943 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Sierra - Uniform
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"
    Beam 37'
    Draft 13' 6"
    Speed 12.1 kts.
    Officers 4
    Enlisted 52
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Largest Boom Capacity 12 t.
    Fuel Capacity
    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 152k Ailanthus (YN-57) launching at Everett-Pacific Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Everett, WA., 20 May 1943 Sandra Carle
    Ailanthus 25k

    USS Ailanthus (YN-57 / AN-38)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Howard, Donald Baker, USNR1 December 1943 - 28 February 1944
    02LT. 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

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