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USS Viburnum (AN-57)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Kilo - Lima
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (28 October 1944)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Purple Heart (3 KIA, 28 October 1944, Ulithi Atoll)
Ailanthus Class Net Laying Ship:
Laid down, 9 December 1943, as (YN-76) at Pollock-Stockton Shipbuilding Co., Stockton, CA.
Redesignated a Net Laying Ship (AN-56), 1 January 1944
Launch, 26 April 1944
Commissioned USS Viburnum (AN-57), 2 June 1944, at Stockton, CA., LT. Benjamin A. Smith USNR in command
During World War II USS Viburnum was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater at Ulithi, Caroline Islands
Viburnum struck a mine. 28 October 1944, at Ulithi Atoll killing three men in the forward hold and blowing twelve men that were on deck over the side, all twelve were rescued
Returned to San Francisco, 5 June 1945
Decommissioning, 12 July 1945, placed in service that same date assigned to tow barges from San Francisco to Stockton CA. on the San Joaquin River.
Placed out of service, 3 January 1946 at Tiburon for dismantling of net tending gear
Struck from the Naval Register, 21 January 1946
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 12 August 1947, for disposal
Sold to Walter K. Wilms and Co., at Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Final Disposition, scrapped
Displacement 1,400 t.
Length 194' 6"
Draft 13' 6"
Speed 12.1 kts.
one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
three twin 20mm AA gun mounts
Busch-Sulzer 539 Diesel electric engines
two Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 1,200shp
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USS Viburnum (AN-57)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Smith, Benjamin Adams, USNR||2 June 1944 - 15 December 1944|
|02||LT. Church, A. B., USNR||15 December 1944 - 12 July 1945|
|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
Last Updated 23 September 2016
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