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USS Corkwood (AN-44)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (Okinawa)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

Ailanthus Class Net Laying Ship:
  • Laid down, 18 August 1944, as Yard Net Tender Corkwood (YN-63) at Everett-Pacific Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Everett, WA.
  • Reclassified Net Laying Ship (AN-44), 20 January 1944
  • Launched, 29 March 1944
  • Commissioned USS Corkwood (AN-44), 16 May 1944, LT. John L. Driggs, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Corkwood was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 30 June 1945
  • Decommissioned, 7 March 1946, at San Pedro, CA.
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration, 13 March 1946, for disposal
  • Struck from the Naval Register in June 1947
  • USS Corkwood earned one battle star for her World War II service
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 1,460 t.
    Length 194' 6"
    Beam 37'
    Draft 13' 6"
    Speed 12.1 kts.
    Officers 4
    Enlisted 52
    Largest Boom Capacity 12 t.
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity 760 Bbls
    Diesel electric, Busch-Sulzer 539
    two Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 2,500shp

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    Corkwood 157k USS Corkwood (AN-44) at anchor, San Pedro, CA., 1945. Photo courtesy George Knight USS Corkwood, submitted by Ellen Norris in honor of her father William C. Vick, CM 2/c (SR) (DS) V6 USS Corkwood
    Corkwood 65k USS Corkwood (AN-44)'s diver William C. Vick, CM 2/c (SR) (DS) 829-64-39, V6
    US Navy photo
    Submitted by Ellen Norris in honor of her father William C. Vick, CM 2/c (SR) (DS) V6 USS Corkwood
    Corkwood 73k USS Corkwood (AN-44) looking aft from the ship's horns, date and location unknown. Debby Abbott for her father (Alexander) Scott Abbott USS Corkwood
    Corkwood 438k USS Corkwood (AN-44) at anchor, date and location unknown. Debby Abbott for her father (Alexander) Scott Abbott USS Corkwood
    Corkwood 1188k USS Corkwood (AN-44) candid crew photos, date and location unknown.
    Top Row left, Smith, Abbot; center, Smith, Steward; right, Smith.
    Second Row left, Graham, Steward; right, Graham.
    Third Row left, Smith, Abbot, Graham; center, Smith, Abbot; left, Officer Messenger Mail Center, Guian, Samar, Philippines.
    Debby Abbot for her father (Alexander) Scott Abbott USS Corkwood

    USS Corkwood (AN-44)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Driggs, John Lester, USNR16 May 1944 - 21 February 1945
    02LT. Vidani Jr., Paul Joseph, USNR21 February 1945 - 10 February 1946
    03LTjg. Abbott, Alexander S., USNR10 February 1946 - 7 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Corkwood (AN-44)
    Commissioning day first log entry.
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