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USS Etlah (AN-79)

International Radio Call Sign
November - Delta - Delta - Lima
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Indigo (N)ovember
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Bottom Row - Korean Service Medal (2) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

USS Etlah (AN-79) was transferred to the Dominican Republic and renamed Cambiaso (P-207)
Cohoes Class Net Laying Ship:
  • Authorized as (YN-98)
  • Redesignated (AN-79), 20 January 1944
  • Laid down, 30 June 1944, at Commercial Iron Works, Portland, OR.
  • Launched 16 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS Etlah (AN-79) 16 April 1945, LT. Harry J. Stemler, Jr., D-V(G), USNR, in command
  • USS Etlah (AN-79) was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.2.7 Target Vessel Group - Salvage Units for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
  • Decommissioned, 14 March 1947, at Astoria, OR.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
  • Recommissioned, 10 August 1951
  • During the Korean War USS Etlah (AN-79) participated the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Third Korean Winter, 14 February to 30 April 1953 Korea, Summer-Fall 19531 to 4 Mary 1953
  • Decommissioned, 31 May 1960, at San Diego, CA.
  • Transferred to the Dominican Republic in 1976, renamed, Cambiaso (P-207)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, decommissioned by the Dominican Republic in the 1990s, reduced to a hulk in 1994
  • USS Etlah earned two battle stars for Korean War service
    Displacement 785 t.
    Length 168' 6"
    Beam 33' 10"
    Draft 10' 10"
    Speed 12.3 kts.
    Officers 4
    Enlisted 42
    Largest Boom Capacity 12 t.
    one single 3"/50 cal gun mount
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 905 Bbls
    two Busch-Sulzer BS-539 Diesel-electric engine
    single Westinghouse Main Reduction Gear
    two 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,200shp

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    Etlah 59k USS Etlah (AN-79) underway, date and location unknown. US Navy photo from DANFS US Naval Historical Center
    Etlah 52k USS Etlah (AN-79) underway, date and location unknown. US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial Stan Svec

    USS Etlah (AN-79)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Stemler Jr., Harry J., USNR16 April 1945 - 2 July 1945
    02LT. Yarbrough, Charles J., USNR2 July 1945 - November 1945
    03LT. Knoblock, Ralph C., USNRNovember 1945 - 31 March 1946
    04ENS. Horner, Samuel, USNR31 March 1946 - 31 July 1946
    05LT. Marsh, Leo Edward, USN31 July 1946 - 14 March 1947
     Decommissioned14 March 1947 - 10 August 1951
    06LT. Alexander, Joseph Kenneth, USN10 August 1951 - 15 October 1952
    07LT. Williamson, Max L., USNR15 October 1952 - 18 December 1952
    08LT. Sullivan, Franklin Paul, USN18 December 1952 -?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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