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USS Stagbush (AN-69)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Bravo - Bravo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Ailanthus Class Net Laying Ship:
  • Laid down as Yard Net Tender Stagbush (YN-93), 9 February 1943, at Canulette Shipbuilding Co. Inc., Slidell, LA.
  • Reclassified Net Laying Ship (AN-69), 20 January 1944
  • Launched, 29 January 1944
  • Commissioned USS Stagbush (AN-69), 30 August 1944, LCDR. Carl C. Dilcer, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Stagbush (AN-69) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 30 June 1945

  • Following WWII USS Stagbush was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 21 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, 26 March 1946, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 21 May 1946
  • USS Stagbush earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Sold to Robert A. Martinolich in April 1947 and converted for commercial service
  • Final Disposition, burned, 16 October 1954, at Norfolk, VA.
    Displacement 1,100 t., 1.400 t.(lim)
    Length 194' 6"
    Beam 37'
    Draft 13' 6"
    Speed 12.1 kts.
    officers 4
    enlisted 52
    Largest boom capacity12 t.
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    one Busch-Sulzer539 Diesel engine
    two Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V. D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,200shp.

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    Stagbush 106k USS Stagbush (AN-69) underway circa September 1944 shortly after completion. Note that she still has the gun tub above and to starboard of the stack, and the high after mast.
    US Navy Bureau of Ships photo # unknown, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green and
    Kathy Munns for her father Frank Gardner USS Stagbush 1943-45
    Stagbush 81k

    USS Stagbush (AN-69)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Dilcer, Carl Claude, USNR30 August 1944 - 16 October 1945
    02LCDR. Arthur Frank, USNR16 October 1945 - 26 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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