USS Corkwood (AN-44)

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History
Union Navy Jack United States
Name: USS Corkwood
Namesake: Any of several trees having light or corky wood
Builder: Everett-Pacific Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Everett, Washington
Laid down: as Corkwood (YN-63)
Launched: 29 March 1944
Sponsored by: Miss D. Anerson
Commissioned: 16 May 1944 as USS Corkwood (AN-44)
Decommissioned: 7 March 1946, at San Pedro, California
Reclassified: AN-44, 20 January 1944
Struck: date unknown
Honors and
awards:
one battle star for her World War II service
Fate: transferred to the War Shipping Administration for disposal 13 March 1946; fate unknown
General characteristics
Class and type: Ailanthus-class net laying ship
Tonnage: 1,100 tons
Length: 194' 7"
Beam: 37'
Draft: 13' 6"
Propulsion: diesel electric, 2,500 hp
Speed: 12.1 knots
Complement: 56 officers and enlisted
Armament: one single 3 in (76 mm) gun mount, two single 20 mm gun mounts

USS Corkwood (AN-44/YN-63) was an Ailanthus-class net laying ship which served with the U.S. Navy in the western Pacific Ocean theatre of operations during World War II. Her career was without major incident, and she returned home safely after the war with one battle star to her credit.

Built in Everett, Washington[edit]

Corkwood (AN-44) was launched as YN-63, 29 March 1944 by Everett-Pacific Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Everett, Washington; sponsored by Miss D. Anerson; reclassified AN-44 and named Corkwood 20 January 1944; and commissioned 16 May 1944, Lieutenant J. L. Driggs, USNR, in command.

World War II Service[edit]

Sailing from Seattle, Washington, 27 August 1944 with district harbor tug (small) YTL-422 in tow, Corkwood arrived at Pearl Harbor 6 September for duty towing target rafts and for replacing buoys and radar rafts until 16 October. From 27 October until 6 March 1945 Corkwood conducted net operations and laid cruiser moorings at Eniwetok.

Sailing by way of Ulithi to Leyte, she joined Amphibious Group 7 and sortied with an LST flotilla for the Okinawa operation. She served as harbor entrance control ship at Kerama Retto between 26 March and 6 July. She also conducted salvage and net maintenance operations, frequently under enemy attack.

Arriving at San Pedro Bay, Leyte, 12 July 1945, Corkwood underwent repairs, then sailed to Ulithi, arriving 17 August. She tended nets at this port until 16 October when she departed for the U.S. West Coast.

Post-war decommissioning[edit]

She arrived at San Diego, California, 29 November and remained there until decommissioned 7 March 1946. She was transferred to the War Shipping Administration for disposal 13 March 1946.

Honors and awards[edit]

Corkwood received one battle star for World II service.

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