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USS Torchwood (AN-55)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Hotel - Oscar
USS Torchwood (AN-55) was transferred to the Republic of China
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
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Ailanthus Class Net Laying Ship:
Laid down, 2 June 1943, as Torchwood (YN-74) at Pollock-Stockton Shipbuilding Co., Stockton, CA.
Redesignated a Net Laying Ship (AN-55), 20 January 1944
Launch, 19 February 1944
Commissioned USS Torchwood (AN-55), 12 May 1944, at San Francisco, CA., LT. Elwood E. Miller USNR in command
USS Torchwood was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater during World War II
Following World War II USS Torchwood was to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|6 to 26 October 1946||6 to 26 October 1946
Decommissioned, 26 October 1946, at Shanghai, China and turned over to to the US State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission
Transferred to the Chinese Maritime Customs Service
Struck from the Naval Register, 23 April 1947
Final Disposition, fate unknown
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 Torchwood (AN-55)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Miller, Elwood Ernest, USNR||12 May 1944 - November 1944|
|02||LT. Lamb, Joseph Nathan, USNR||November 1944 - 10 December 1945|
|03||ENS. Kauffman, Harold Louis, USNR||10 December 1945 - March 1946|
|04||LTjg. Self, Robert Louis, USN||March 1946 - 26 October 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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