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USS Whitewood (AG-129)
USS Whitewood (AN-63) (1944 - 1947)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Sierra - Alpha
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Ailanthus Class Net Laying Ship:
  • Laid down, as Yard Net Tender Whitewood (YN-84), 24 October 1942, at Snow Shipyards Inc., Rockland ME
  • Redesignated Net Laying Ship (AN-63), 20 January 1944
  • Launched, 21 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS Whitewood (AN-63), 17 July 1944, LT. John I. Beam USNR in command
  • Reclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary (AG-129), 14 January 1947
  • Decommissioned, 1 April 1949
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 7 June 1949
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 8 March 1950, to Walter H. Wimms, Los Angeles, CA.

    Displacement 1,460 t.(fl)
    Length 194' 7"
    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
    two Busch-Sulzer BS-539 Diesel-electric engines
    two 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,200shp

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    USS Whitewood (AN-63)
    Whitewood 79k USS Whitewood (AN-63) underway near Boston Navy Yard, 27 March 1945. The short pole mainmast has been replaced by a light tripod just aft of the stack.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-79854, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Whitewood 43k USS Whitewood (AN-63) underway, date and location unknown. Ken Laesser
    Whitewood 79k USS Whitewood (AN-63) underway, after modifications for her participation in Operation "Nanook, 7 March 1946. Note in this photo her horns have been removed and she still carries hull number 63 on her port bow so this is before resignation to Miscellaneous Auxiliary (AG-129)
    US Navy photos from Boston Naval Shipyard
    Courtesy Glen Paulson USS Anaqua and Stan Svec
    Whitewood 383k
    USS Whitewood (AG-129)
    Whitewood 482k USS Whitewood (AG-129) steaming in Arctic waters in the late 1940s.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Catalog # QUA.2013-16.01.01
    Whitewood 161k USS Whitewood (AG-129) fast in the ice pack, 5 August 1947, in Cardigan Strait in the Canadian Arctic. She is waiting to be taken in tow by the icebreaker USS Edisto (AGB-2). Whitewood had been fitted to carry a seaplane aft but here carries a landing craft instead.
    US Navy photo K-7867, courtesy
    Mike Green

    USS Whitewood (AN-63 / AG-129)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Beam, John Irving USNR17 July 1944 - 9 October 1945AN-63
    02LT. Dochez, Victor M., USNR9 October 1945 - 17 January 1946AN-63
    03LCDR. Daly, William Harold, USNR17.01.1946 - 26 February 1946AN-63
    04LT. Joseph, Wilbur, USN26 February 1946 - 20 May 1946AN-63
    05LCDR. Daly, William Harold, USNR20.05.1946 - 19 October 1946AN-63
    06LTjg. Lebel, Joseph Francis Mitchell, USN19 October 1946 - 15 March 1947AN-63 / AG-129
    07LCDR. Moore, William Fletcher, USN15 March 1947 - 21 March 1948AG-129
    08LT. Clark, Francis Edward, USN21 March 1948 - 1 April 1949AG-129
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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