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USS Papaya (AN-49)
USS Papaya (YN-68) (1943 - 1944)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Foxtrot - Lima
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Ailanthus Class Net Laying Ship:
Laid down, as Yard Net Tender Papaya (YN-68), 2 November 1942, at Pollack Stockton Shipbuilding Co., Stockton, CA.
Launched, 23 May 1943
Commissioned, USS Papaya (YN-68), 1 December 1943, LCDR. Elias Johnson USNR in command
Reclassified Net Laying Ship (AN-49), 20 January 1944
During World War II Papaya was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 1 to 10 August 1944
|Tinian capture and occupation, 6 to 15 August 1944
Decommissioned, 31 January 1946, at Terminal Island, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 25 February 1946
Final Disposition, fate unknown
USS Papaya earned two battle stars for World War II service.
Displacement 1,460 t.(fl)
Length 194' 6"
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
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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USS Papaya (YN-68 / AN-49)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Johnson, Elias, USNR||1 December 1943 - 15 December 1944|
|02||LT. Mellum, Richard William, USNR||15 December 1944 - 12 December 1945
|03||LTjg. Grubb, Willard Young, USNR||12 December 1945 - 31 January 1946
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 16 September 2016
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