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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

Personnel Awards

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-57), 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"
    Beam 37'
    Draft 13' 6"
    Speed 12.1 kts.
    Officers 4
    Enlisted 52
    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)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Smith, Benjamin Adams, USNR2 June 1944 - 15 December 1944
    02LT. Church, A. B., USNR15 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

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