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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:
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
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 30 June 1945
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 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)
|01||LCDR. Morrison, Max Albert, USNR||7 April 1944 - 11 October 1944|
|02||LT. Alexander, Charles S., USNR||11 October 1944 - 29 November 1945|
|03||LCDR. Susi, Roosevelt Theodore, USNR||29 November 1945 - 20 February 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 23 September 2016
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