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USS Catclaw (AN-60)
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USS Catclaw (YN-81) (1944)


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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 - Europe-Africa-Middle East 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 as the Yard Net Tender Catclaw (YN-81), at Snow Shipyards Inc., Rockland, ME.
  • Launched, 22 May 1943
  • Commissioned USS Catclaw (YN-81), 14 January 1944, LT. Tutor A. Wall USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Catclaw served in both the Europe-Africa-Middle East and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters
  • Reclassified Net Laying Ship (AN-60), 20 January 1944
  • Following World War II USS Catclaw was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 September 1945 to 15 March 194617 March to 19 April 1946

  • Decommissioned, 19 April 1946 at Shanghai, China
  • Struck from the Naval Register and transferred to the State Department for sale to the Republic of China
  • Final disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,400 t. (lim)
    Length 194' 6"
    Beam 37'
    Draft 13' 6"
    Speed 12.3 kts (trial)
    Complement
    Officer 4
    Enlisted 52
    Largest Boom Capacity 12 t.
    Armament
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Propulsion
    one Busch-Sulzer 539 Diesel electric engine
    two Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 665 Bbls
    Single propeller, 2,500shp

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    Catclaw (YN-81)
    Catclaw 122k Catclaw (YN-81) underway, during builders trials, 28 December 1943, in the vicinity of Rockland, ME.
    U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-61182, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Robert Hurst
    Catclaw 446k Catclaw (YN-81) underway, during builders trials, 28 December 1943, in the vicinity of Rockland, ME.
    US Navy photo.
    Stan Svec
    USS Catclaw (AN-60)
    Catclaw 61k USS Catclaw (AN-60) underway, date and location unknown. USS Catclaw is painted in a variation of camouflage scheme measure 31 design 20L. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII Web Site
    Baretta 106k A Japanese Type A or Type C Midget Submarine under salvage by USS Catclaw (AN-60) and USS Baretta (AN-41) at Untan Ro (Okinawa), in July-September 1945. The submarine had been sunk there by U.S. planes during the Okinawa campaign. Note its counter-rotating propellers. Photograph was released for publication 21 January 1946.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-350051, a US Navy photo, now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center
    Catclaw 92k Japanese Type A or Type C midget submarine under salvage by USS Catclaw (AN 60) and USS Baretta (AN 41) at Untan Ro, Okinawa, July-September 1945.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-350052, a US Navy photo, now in the collection of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Catclaw 96k Japanese Type A or Type C midget submarine under salvage by USS Catclaw (AN 60) and USS Baretta (AN 41) at Untan Ro, Okinawa, July-September 1945. USS LST-809 can be seen in background.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-350054, a US Navy photo, now in the collection of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center

    USS Catclaw (AN-60)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Wall, Tudor A., USNR14 January 1944 - 10 November 1945
    02LT. Jordan, J. E., USNR10 November 1945 - 10 January 1946
    03ENS. Callen, A. C., USNR10 January 1946 - 19 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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