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USS Spicewood (AN-53)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Delta - Whiskey
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

Ailanthus Class Net Laying Ship:
  • Laid down, 25 May 1943, as (YN-72) at Pollock-Stockton Shipbuilding Co., Stockton, CA.
  • Redesignated a Net Laying Ship (AN-53), 20 January 1944
  • Launch, 6 December 1943
  • Commissioned USS Spicewood (AN-53), 7 April 1944, at Stockton, CA., LCDR. Max A. Morrison USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Spicewood 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 to 30 June 1945
  • Decommissioned, 20 February 1946, at San Pedro, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1946
  • Sold to Van Camp Seafood Co., Terminal Island, CA.
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS Spicewood (AN-53) 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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    Spicewood 159k USS Spicewood (AN-53) under way, date and location unknown. Photo from the collection of Tracy White

    USS Spicewood (AN-53)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Morrison, Max Albert, USNR7 April 1944 - 11 October 1944
    02LT. Alexander, Charles S., USNR11 October 1944 - 29 November 1945
    03LCDR. Susi, Roosevelt Theodore, USNR29 November 1945 - 20 February 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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