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USS Ash (AN-7)
Ash (YN-2) (1941 - 1942)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Papa - Mike
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (Pearl Harbor) - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Service Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal -World War II Victory Medal

Aloe Class Net Laying Ship:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as Yard Net Tender (YN-2), at Lake Washington Shipyards Houghton, WA.
  • Launched, 15 February 1941
  • Placed in service as Ash (YN-2), 1 July 1941, LT. Charles E. Ide, USNR, Officer in Charge
  • Ash (YN-2) was at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941
  • Redesignated as a Net Layer and commissioned USS Ash (AN-7), 20 December 1942, LT. Joseph H. Russell, USNR, in command
  • Decommissioned, 13 December 1946, at Vancouver, WA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1962
  • Ash earned one battle star for World War II service as YN-2
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 14 May 1971, to I. D. Logan, delivered, 10 June 1971
    Displacement 700 t.(fl) 805 t.(lim)
    Length 162' 2""
    Beam 30' 6"
    Draft 11' 8" (lim)
    Speed 12.5 kts. (trial)
    Officers 4
    Enlisted 44
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    two .50 cal machine guns
    one y-gun.
    Largest Boom Capacity 12 t.
    one Enterprise DSG-6 Diesel-electric engine
    Single Westinghouse Main Reduction Gear
    two Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ships Service Generators
    Single propeller, 800shp
    Fuel Capacity - Diesel 620 Bbls

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    Ash (YN-2)
    Ash 78k Ash (YN-2) under way, circa 1941 in Measure 1 camouflage--dark green with light gray mast tops. Note the specially designed lifting "horns" forward, as well as the heavy boom at the foremast.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-45027, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    USS Ash (AN-7)
    Ash 61k USS Ash (AN-7) entering San Francisco Bay in May 1946. Note the homeward bound pennant.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
    Stan Svec

    Ash [YN-2 / USS Ash (AN-7)]
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Ide, Charles Eugene, USNR (Officer in Charge)1 July 1941 - 20 December 1942YN-2
    02LT. Russell, Joseph Herman, USNR20 December 1942 - 21 November 1943AN-7
    03LT. Budzik, James S., USNR21 November 1943 - 10 April 1944AN-7
    04LT. Bogdan, Joseph George, USNR10 April 1944 - 21 July 1945AN-7
    05LT. Davern, William Thomas, USN21 July 1945 - 13 December 1946AN-7
    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
    Net Tender Stories
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