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USS Pinon (AN-66)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Victor - Echo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Ailanthus Class Net Laying Ship:
  • Laid down, as Yard Net Tender Pinon (YN-87), 9 March 1943, at American Car & Foundry, Wilmington DE.
  • Launched, 16 January 1944
  • Redesignated Net Laying Ship (AN-66), 20 January 1944
  • Commissioned USS Pinon (AN-66), 31 March 1944, LCDR. Elliott Bloxom USNR in command
  • Decommissioned, 5 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 20 March 1946
  • Sold, date unknown, and placed in merchant service as FV Alaska Reefer
  • Final Disposition, fire at sea in August 1961, towed to Port Townsend, WA., 28 August 1961, fire re-ignited, grounded 19 August 1961 south of the ammunition dock at Indian Island in Puget Sound
    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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    Pinon 64k Pinon underway during builder's trials near Wilmington, DE., 20 March 1944. This image clearly shows the original configuration of the class, with a 3"/50 gun forward of the bridge, two 20mm guns on top of the bridge, and a searchlight platform (empty in this image) just behind it.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-62352, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Pinon 62k USS Pinon (AN-66) underway, date and location unknown. Submitted by Sonya Brown for her father
    Vendell B."Red" Davis USS Pinon.
    Pinon 103k USS Pinon (AN-66) reels in torn German torpedo nets and their buoys to replace them with new nets and buoys spanning the harbor mouth at Cherbourg, France, while getting the harbor ready to receive Allied shipping, circa July 1944. National Archives photo. Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.

    USS Pinon (AN-66)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Bloxom, Elliott, USNR31 March 1944 - 17 November 1945
    02LT. Miraldi, Ray L., USNR17 November 1945 - 18 January 1946
    03LT. Dell, Robert Merritt, USNR18 January 1946 - 5 March 1946
    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
    USS Pinon (AN-66) crew roster of 26 February 1946. Submitted by Sonya Brown.
    The Perfect Dive - The Pinon Wreck
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