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USS Manchineel (AN-54)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Foxtrot - Hotel
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Ailanthus Class Net Laying Ship:
  • Authorized as Sumac (YN-73)
  • Renamed Manchineel, 3 April 1943
  • Laid down, 8 June 1943, as Manchineel (YN-73) at Pollock-Stockton Shipbuilding Co., Stockton, CA.
  • Launched, 1 January 1944
  • Redesignated a Net Laying Ship (AN-54), 20 January 1944
  • Commissioned USS Manchineel (AN-54), 26 April 1944, LT. William B. Brown USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Manchineel was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 11 March 1946, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Commission, 18 June 1947
  • Final Disposition, sold, 20 June 1947, to Walter H. Wilms, fate unknown
    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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    Manchineel 44k USS Manchineel (AN-54) pierside Terminal Island Small Craft Training Center, June 1944 before departing for Pearl Harbor. This view is looking forward from the bridge toward the bow. James D. McGrew USS Manchineel

    USS Manchineel (AN-54)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Brown, William Bass, USNR26 April 1944 - 17 November 1945
    02LT. Boseman, James C., USNR17 November 1945 - 11 March 1946
    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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