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USS Cliffrose (AN-42)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS Cliffrose (AN-42) was transferred to the Republic of China
Ailanthus Class Net Laying Ship
  • Laid down (date unknown) as Yard Net Tender Cliffrose (YN-61) at Everett-Pacific Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Everett, WA.
  • Launched, 27 November 1943
  • Reclassified Net Laying Ship (AN-42), 20 January 1944
  • Commissioned USS Cliffrose (AN-42), 30 April 1944, LCDR. Gus Montague, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Cliffrose was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    World War II Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, September to December 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 30 June 1945

  • Decommissioned, 7 January 1947, at Shanghai, China
  • Turned over to the State Department for transfer to the Republic of China
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • Cliffrose earned two battle stars for her World War II service
    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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    Cliffrose 61k View of USS Cliffrose (AN-42)'s, loaded after deck, date and location unknown Glen Paulson RM2 USS Anaqua
    Cliffrose 123k View of USS Cliffrose (AN-42)'s forward deck, date and location unknown Glen Paulson RM2 US Anaqua
    Cliffrose 77k USS Cliffrose (AN-42) foreground, with USS Baretta (AN-41) in background, loading net material for the Peleliu invasion, circa September 1944. Glen Paulson RM2 USS Anaqua
    Cliffrose 43k USS Cliffrose (AN-42) in harbor, circa 1945.
    US Navy photo # NH 84683. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1972.
    US Naval Historical Center

    USS Cliffrose (AN-42)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS) web site
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Montague, Gus, USNR10 April 1944 - 10 June 1944
    02LT. Cox, George Edward, USNR10 June 1944 12 September 1945
    03LT. Iles, William Arthur, USNR12 September 1945 - 20 February 1946
    04LTjg. Davis, Sam Boyce, USNR20 February 1946 - June 1946
    05LTjg. Martin, David George, USNJune 1946 - 7 January 1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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