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USS Winterberry (AN-56)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Ailanthus Class Net Laying Ship:
  • Laid down, 17 September 1943, as Tupelo (YN-75) at Pollock-Stockton Shipbuilding Co., Stockton, CA.
  • Redesignated a Net Laying Ship (AN-56), 20 January 1944
  • Launch, 22 March 1944
  • Commissioned USS Winterberry (AN-56), 30 May 1944, LT. Sheldon E. Aarens in command
  • During World War II USS Winterberry 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 April to 30 June1945

  • Following World War II USS Winterberry was assigned to Occupation service from 2 September to 24 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 15 February 1946, at San Diego, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 26 February 1946
  • Sold, 31 March 1947, to Joe Medina Enterprises, San Diego, CA.
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS Winterberry (AN-56) 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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    Winterberry 240k USS Winterberry (AN-56) under3way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
    Stan Svec

    USS Winterberry (AN-56)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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