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USS Tonawanda (AN-89)

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

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

USS Tonawanda (AN-89) was transferred to Haiti Jean Jacques Dessalines (MH-101)
Cohoes Class Net Laying Ship:
  • Laid down, 12 September 1944, at Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon, WI.
  • Launched, 14 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS Tonawanda (AN-89), 9 May 1945, LT. Edward F. McLaughlin USNR in command
  • Decommissioned, 9 August 1946, at Orange TX.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange
  • Recommissioned, 18 March 1952, at Orange, LT. Clarence A. Tannehill in command
  • Decommissioned, 18 December 1959, at Bayonne, N.J.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, New York Group
  • Transferred (leased) to Haiti under terms of the Military Assistance Program, 25 May 1960, renamed Jean Jacques Dessalines (MH-101)
  • Struck from the Naval Register and sold outright to Haiti in late 1979
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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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    USS Tonawanda (AN-89)
    Tonawanda 57k USS Tonawanda (AN-89) in Narragansett Bay removing a buoy, near Gould Island, R.I., circa 1952-59. Ronald B. Hart USS Tonawanda
    Tonawanda 87k USS Tonawanda (AN-89) moored at Melville, R.I., winter of circa 1952-59. USS Yosemite (AD-19) is in the background. Ronald B. Hart USS Tonawanda
    Tonawanda 188k USS Tonawanda (AN-89) tending nets, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial
    Stan Svec
    Tonawanda 945k USS Tonawanda (AN-89) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Harold Weinbaum courtesy David A Downey BM3 (DV) USN USS Tonawanda 1956-59
    Jean Jacques Dessalines (MH-101 /CG-10)
    Tonawanda 380k Jean Jacques Dessalines (CG-10) under way near Key West, Fl., circa 1970.
    Photo from the Ida Woodward Barron Collection, courtesy of Florida Keys Public Libraries. Photo # MM00007956x.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Tonawanda (AN-89)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. McLaughlin, Edward Francis, USNR9 May 1945 - 9 August 1946
     Decommissioned9 August 1946 - 18 March 1952
    02LT. Tannehill, Clarence A., USN18 March 1952 - June 1952
    03LT. Craven, Robert, USNJune 1952 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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