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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 assigned 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 19466 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"
    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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    USS Torchwood (AN-55)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Miller, Elwood Ernest, USNR12 May 1944 - November 1944
    02LT. Lamb, Joseph Nathan, USNRNovember 1944 - 10 December 1945
    03ENS. Kauffman, Harold Louis, USNR10 December 1945 - March 1946
    04LTjg. Self, Robert Louis, USNMarch 1946 - 26 October 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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