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USS Cinnamon (AN-50)
USS Cinnamon (YN-69) (1943 - 1944)
Royal Palm (YN-69) (1942 - 1943)

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

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS Cinnamon (AN-50) was transferred to the Republic of China (Taiwan)
Ailanthus Class Net Laying Ship:
  • Laid down, 6 November 1942, as Yard Net Tender Royal Palm (YN-69), at Pollock-Stockton Shipbuilding Co., Stockton, CA.
  • Launched, 6 June 1943
  • Renamed Cinnamon, 7 December 1943
  • Commissioned, USS Cinnamon (YN-69), 10 January 1944, LT. James H. Russell USNR in command
  • Redesignated Net Laying Ship (AN-50), 20 January 1944
  • During World War II USS Cinnamon (AN-50) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Consolidation and Capture of Southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landings, 10 to 11 March 1945

  • Following World War II USS Cinnamon was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    15 to 25 March 194715 to 25 March 1947
  • Decommissioned, 25 March 1947, at Shanghai, China
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS Cinnamon earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Turned over to the State Department for transfer to the Republic of China
    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 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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    Cinnamon 88k USS Cinnamon (AN-50) installing nets at Manus, Admiralty Islands, circa June to July 1944. In this photo she has hoisted the end Mark II buoy from the previously installed net section and is making an overlap to connect the new section to the old section. Glen Paulson ex RM2 Anaqua AN-40
    43k USS Cinnamon (AN-50) at anchor, date and location unknown Gene Maresca

    USS Cinnamon (AN-50)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Russell, James Harrison, USNR10 January 1944 - 9 December 1945
    02ENS. Manati, Kevin Frank, USNR9 December 1945 - 12 September 1946
    03LTjg. Gulleen, Milford Lorenzo, USN12 September 1946 - 1 January 1947
    04ENS. Ferch III, George, USN (USNA 1946)1 January 1947 - 25 March 1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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