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USS Cornel (AN-45)
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Name: USS Cornel
Namesake: A genus of trees, one of the most common of which is the dogwood.
Builder: Everett-Pacific Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Everett, Washington
Laid down: as Cornel (YN-64)
Launched: 21 April 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. P. Pigott
Commissioned: 6 June 1944 as USS Cornel (AN-45)
Decommissioned: 15 February 1946, at San Pedro, California
Reclassified: AN-45, 20 January 1944
Struck: date unknown
Fate: returned to the U.S. Maritime Commission for disposal 29 January 1947
General characteristics
Class & 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 knots
Complement: 56 officers and enlisted
Armament: one single 3"/50 gun mount, two single 20mm gun mounts

USS Cornel (AN-45/YN-64) was an Ailanthus-class net laying ship which served with the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific Ocean theatre of operations during World War II. Her career was without major incident, and she returned home safely after the war.

Launched in Washington

Cornel (AN-45) was launched 21 April 1944 by Everett Pacific Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Everett, Washington, under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. P. Pigott; and commissioned 6 June 1944, Lieutenant Commander J. F. Eddy, USNR, in command.

World War II service

Cornel sailed in convoy from San Pedro, California, 6 August 1944 for Eniwetok, arriving 15 September. On 9 October she reported at Ulithi to maintain nets, and except for short periods at Peleliu, in the Palau Islands, Cornel remained at Ulithi tending nets until the end of the war, then dismantling and salvaging them. She cleared Ulithi 17 October 1945 and arrived at San Pedro, California, 29 November.

Post-war decommissioning

Cornel remained at San Pedro until decommissioned 15 February 1946. She was returned to the U.S. Maritime Commission for disposal 29 January 1947.


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