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USS Snowbell (AN-52)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Alpha - Romeo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Ailanthus Class Net Laying Ship
  • Laid down as Snowbell (YN-71), 3 May 1943, at Pollock-Stockton Shipbuilding Co., Stockton, CA.
  • Launched, 14 September 1943
  • Redesignated Net Laying Ship (AN-52), 20 January 1944
  • Commissioned USS Snowbell (AN-52), 16 March 1944, LCDR. Robert W. Nordstrom USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Snowbell 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 1945
  • Damaged beyond economical repair by Typhoon Louise off Okinawa, 9 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 5 December 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 December 1945
  • Final Disposition, hulk blown up, 14 January 1946
  • USS Snowbell 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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    snowbell 124k USS Snowbell (AN-52) tending nets, date and place unknown. Courtesy Charles Fitch
    snowbell 108k USS Snowbell (AN-52) moored pierside with her main deck loaded with nets and floats, date and place unknown. Courtesy Charles Fitch

    USS Snowbell (AN-52)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Nordstrom, Robert William, USNR16 March 1944 - 29 September 1945
    02LT. Richardson, Leonard George, USNR29 September 1945 - 5 December 1945
    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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    Last Updated 16 September 2016