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USS Satinleaf (AN-43)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Zulu - Xray
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

Ailanthus Class Net Laying Ship:
  • Laid down, 5 July 1943, as the Yard Net Tender Satinleaf (YN-62), at Everett-Pacific Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Everett, WA.
  • Reclassified a Net Laying Ship, 20 January 1944
  • Launched, 15 February 1944
  • Commissioned USS Satinleaf (AN-43), 8 April 1944, LT. Arthur B. Church USNR, in command
  • During WWII USS Satinleaf was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 29 October 1944 to 17 January 1945
    Borneo operation
    Tarakan Island operation, 27 to 30 April 1945
    Brunei Bay operation, 7 to 25 June 1945
  • Decommissioned, 4 April 1946, at Tiburon, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 May 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 7 July 1947, for disposal
  • USS Satinleaf earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold to E. E. Johnson, delivered, 29 April 1947
    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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    Satinleaf 12k Satinleaf (AN-43) under way, date and location unknown. Richard Rogers
    Satinleaf 168k Satinleaf (AN-43) at anchor in Milne Bay, New Guinea, circa August - October 1944. Hank Zalete

    USS Satinleaf (AN-43)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Church, Arthur Benjamin, USNR8 April 1944 - 16 October 1944
    03LT. Taylor, Percival Fletcher19 July 1945 - 4 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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