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USS Lancewood (AN-48)
USS Lancewood (YN-67) (1943 - 1944)
Ironwood (YN-67) (1941 - 1942)

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

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

USS Lancewood (AN-48) was transferred to France, renamed Commandant Charcot
Ailanthus Class Net Laying Ship:
  • Laid down, as Yard Net Tender Ironwood (YN-67), 15 October 1942, at Pollack Stockton Shipbuilding Co., Stockton, CA.
  • Renamed Lancewood, 3 April 1943
  • Launched, 2 May 1943
  • Commissioned, USS Lancewood (YN-67), 18 October 1943, LT. Tyler Kaune USNR in command
  • Reclassified Net Laying Ship (AN-48), 20 January 1944
  • During World War II USS Lancewood was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 20 February to 16 March 1945
  • Decommissioned, 11 February 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1946
  • Sold, 28 April 1947 to Robert A. Martinolich, San Francisco, CA.
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 3 May 1947 for delivery to the government of France, renamed Commandant Charcot
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS Lancewood earned one battle star for World War II service
    Displacement 1,100 t.(lt) 1,400 t.(fl)
    Length 194' 6"
    Beam 37'
    Draft 13' 6"
    Speed 12 kts.
    Officers 4
    Enlisted 52
    one single 3"/50 cal gun mount
    four single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity 760 Bbls
    one Busch-Sulzer BSW539 Diesel electric engine
    two Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ships' Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,200shp

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    Lancewood (YN-67)
    Lancewood 70k Lancewood (YN-67), on her building ways at Pollack Stockton Shipbuilding Co., Stockton, CA., 2 May 1943, prior to launching. Glen Paulson ex RM2 Anaqua AN-40
    USS Lancewood (AN-48)
    98k USS Lancewood (AN-48) at San Francisco, CA., 18 November 1944 after alterations. Her former searchlight platform and its gun have been removed, two 20mm guns have been fitted at the after end of the superstructure, and the main mast has been replaced by a short pole.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-91593, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy and US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 73440.
    Robert Hurst
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    NH 73440
    Lancewood 778k USS Lancewood (AN-48) docked at San Francisco Naval Shipyard, Hunters Point, 18 November 1944, wearing camouflage Measure 31/20L. The circles indicate modifications made by the yard. Note YFD-55 to the right side of the photo.
    US National Archives Bureau of Ships, Photo No. BS 91597, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green

    USS Lancewood (YN-67) / (AN-48)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Kaune, Tyler, USNR18 October 1943 - 15 January 1944
    02LT. Matthews, James Louis (temporary)15 January 1944 - 14 March 1944
    03LT. Knowles, Josiah Hitchcock, R,14 March 1944 - 15 September 1944
    04LT. Matthews, James Louis15 September 1944 - 25 November 1945
    05LT. Rose Jr., Claude J., USNR25 November 1945 - 11 February 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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