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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:
|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 earned one battle star for World War II service
Displacement 1,460 t.(fl)
Length 194' 7"
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
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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||USS Bitterbush (AN-39) at San Francisco, CA., 12 November 1944, after alterations.
Her former searchlight platform has been fitted with a 20mm gun and raised above the top of the smokestack.
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo No. 19-N-91554 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|Photo - Stan Svec
Caption - Mike Green
||USS Bitterbush (AN-39) underway at San Francisco, CA., 12 November 1944, after alterations. Her former searchlight platform has been fitted with a 20mm gun and raised above the top of the smokestack.
US Navy Bureau of Ships photo
|Courtesy Glen Paulson ex RM2/c USS Anaqua
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
Last Updated 20 September 2014
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