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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Aloe Class Net Laying Ship
    Keel Laid 25 October 1940 as Yard Net Tender, YN-31
    Launched 7 July 1941

    Placed in service 8 June 1942

    Commissioned 15 December 1942

    Reclassified Net Laying Ship (AN) 30 January 1944
    Decommissioned, 15 December 1944

    Transferred to the French Navy 15 December 1944 & renamed
    Sold outright to France 21 March 1948
    Struck from the Naval Register, 28 April 1949
    Struck from the French Navy, 14 April 1972

Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. USS Pepperwood AN-36 Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type

"Your best/Our Best"


JohnGermann Pepperwood AN36 19431010 1 Front.jpg

The ship had no postal facilities, so this cover was posted either aboard another ship or ashore.


Other Information

USS PEPPERWOOD earned the American Campaign Medal, the Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 Battle star and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Pepperwood, wood of the pepper trees, a tree with loosely-hanging branches, clusters of yellow flowers, and reddish berries.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. It. E. McShane.



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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