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USS Abele (AN-58)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (Okinawa)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal

Ailanthus Class Net Laying Ship:
  • Laid down, as Yard Net Tender Abele (YN-77), 8 January 1943, at Barbour Boat Works, New Bern, N.C.
  • Launched, 19 August 1943
  • Redesignated Net Laying Ship (AN-58), 20 January 1944
  • Commissioned USS Abele (AN-58), 2 June 1944, at Morehead City, N.C., LCDR. Jesse H. Bloodworth USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Abele (AN-58) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns;

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 to 28 February 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 30 June 1945

  • Decommissioned, 1 March 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 March 1946
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Commission, 7 May 1947, for disposal
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS Abele earned two battle stars for her 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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    USS Abele (AN-58)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Bloodworth, Jesse Howard, USNR2 June 1944 - 16 March 1945
    02LT. Budzik Jr., John Seymour, USNR16 March 1945 - June 1945
    03LTjg. James, Robert Louis, LTJG USNR (acting)June 1945 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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