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USS Silverbell (AN-51)

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

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

USS Silver (AN-51) was transferred to the Republic of China
Ailanthus Class Net Laying Ship:
  • Laid down, as Yard Net Tender Silverbell (YN-70), 7 November 1942, at Pollock-Stockton Shipbuilding Co., Stockton, CA.
  • Launched, 19 June 1943
  • Redesignated Net Laying Ship (AN-51), 20 January 1944
  • Commissioned USS Silverbell (AN-51), 16 February 1944, LT. Harold N. Berg USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Silverbell was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 10 October to 29 November 1944

  • Following World War II Silverbell maintained and removed nets in the Philippines until November 1945
  • USS Silverbell was assigned to China service from 28 December 1946 to 10 January 1947
  • Decommissioned, 9 January 1947, at Shanghai, China and transferred to Republic of China Maritime Customs Service
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 January 1947
  • USS Silverbell earned one battle star for World War II service
    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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    Silverbell 76k USS Silverbell (AN-51) underway, date and location unknown. Courtesy Charles Fitch
    Silverbell 92k USS Silverbell (AN-51) secured to another ship prior to beginning net laying operations at Manus, Admiralty Island, during June and July 1944. Glen Paulson RM/2c USS Anaqua
    Silverbell 42k USS Silverbell (AN-51) underway, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII

    USS Silverbell (AN-51)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Berg, Harold Norman USNR16 February 1944 - 21 September 1945
    02LT. Butler Jr., Mark Charles USNR21 September 1945 - 12 March 1946
    03LTjg. Mac Kenzie, Gordon Clyde USN12 March 1946 - 9 January 1947
    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
    Net Tender Stories

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