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USS Chinaberry (AN-61)
Chinaberry (YN-82) (1944)

Flag Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Papa - Sierra
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Ailanthus Class Net Laying Ship:
  • Laid down as (YN-82), at Snow Shipyards, Inc., Rockland, ME.
  • Launched, 19 July 1943
  • Named Chinaberry, 20 January 1944
  • Commissioned, USS Chinaberry (AN-61), 12 March 1944, LCDR. Kenneth G. Cady USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Chinaberry served in both the Europe-Africa-Middle East and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters
  • Decommissioned, 25 March 1946, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold, 27 February 1950, fate unknown
    Displacement 1,400 t. (lim)
    Length 194' 6"
    Beam 37'
    Draft 13' 6"
    Speed 12.3 kts (trial)
    Officer 4
    Enlisted 52
    Largest Boom Capacity 12 t.
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    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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    Chinaberry 70k Mrs. Otis M. Mader, the wife of Navy Lieutenant Otis M. Mader, christening YN-82at the Snow Shipyards in Rockland, ME. 19 July 1943. It took Mrs. Mader four tries to finally break the champagne bottle across YN-82s bow. Dave Mader
    Chinaberry 91k YN-82 slipping down the ways after christening, 19 July 1944 at the Snow Shipyards in Rockland, ME. Dave Mader
    568k Chinaberry (AN-61) underway, date and location unknown. Chinaberry wears a variation of camouflage scheme measure 31 design 20L in this photo. Mike Green and
    Courtesy Glen Paulson ex RM2/c USS Anaqua

    USS Chinaberry (AN-61)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Cady, Kenneth Gordon, USNR12 March 1944 - 26 March 1945
    02LT. Marston, James Arthur, USNR26 March 1945 - 9 January 1946
    03LT. Partridge, Robert George, USNR9 January 1946 - 25 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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