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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"
Draft 13' 6"
Speed 12.1 kts.
one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
Largest Boom Capacity 12 t.
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 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.
||USS Pinon (AN-66) underway, date and location unknown.
||Submitted by Sonya Brown for her father
Vendell B."Red" Davis USS Pinon.
||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)
|01||LCDR. Bloxom, Elliott, USNR||31 March 1944 - 17 November 1945|
|02||LT. Miraldi, Ray L., USNR||17 November 1945 - 18 January 1946|
|03||LT. Dell, Robert Merritt, USNR||18 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
Last Updated 23 September 2016
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