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USS Bitterbush (AN-39)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Tango - Romeo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Ailanthus Class Net Laying Ship
  • Laid down, 30 November 1942, as Yard Net Tender Almond (YN-58), at Everett-Pacific Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Everett, WA.
  • Renamed Bitterbush (YN-58), 3 April 1943
  • Launched, 30 June 1943
  • Commissioned USS Bitterbush (YN-58), 15 January 1944, LT. Harry E. Horrocks, Jr., USNR, in command
  • Reclassified Net Laying Ship (AN-39), 20 January 1944
  • During World War II USS Bitterbush was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 20 February to 16 March 1945
  • Decommissioned, 4 January 1946, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the naval Register, 21 January 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 6 May 1947, for disposal
  • Sold for commercial service in 1948
  • Final Disposition, destroyed by fire off Puerto Rico, 27 May 1954
  • USS Bitterbush received one battle star for World War II service
    Displacement 1,460 t.(fl)
    Length 194' 7"
    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
    two Busch-Sulzer BS-539 Diesel-electric engines
    two 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,200shp

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    Bitterbush 65k USS Bitterbush (AN-39) underway, date and location unknown. Courtesy Glen Paulson ex RM2/c USS Anaqua
    Bitterbush 72k USS Bitterbush (AN-39) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
    Stan Svec

    USS Bitterbush (AN-39)
    DANFS history at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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