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USS Silverleaf (AN-68)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Zulu - Golf
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

Ailanthus Class Net Laying Ship:
  • Laid down as Silverleaf (YN-92), 3 February 1943, at Canuelette Shipbuilding Co., Inc., Slidell, LA.
  • Launched, 11 December 1943
  • Redesignated Net Laying Ship (AN-68), 20 January 1944
  • Commissioned USS Silverleaf (AN-68), 26 May 1944, LT. Alfred W. Brown Jr. USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Silverleaf (AN-68) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 28 February to 16 March 1945
  • Decommissioned, 18 April 1946 at San Pedro, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 31 March 1947, to Joe Medina Enterprises, San Diego, CA.
  • Silverleaf earned one battle star for World War II service
    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 Silverleaf (AN-68)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Brown Jr., Alfred Winsor, 26.05.194426 May 1944 - 11 November 1945
    02LT. Rector, Samuel A., USNR11 NOvember 1945 - 18 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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