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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.

    Ailanthus Class Net Laying Ship
    Keel Laid as Yard Net Tender PINON YN-87 9 March 1943
    Launched, 16 January 1944
    Redesignated Net Laying Ship (AN-66) 20 January 1944

  1. USS PINON AN-66
    Commissioned 31 March 1944 - Decommissioned 5 March 1946

    Struck from the Naval Register 20 March 1946
    Sold, date unknown, and placed in merchant service as FV Alaska Reefer
    Final Disposition, fire at sea 28 August 1961
    Towed to Port Townsend, WA., 28 August 1961, fire re-ignited, grounded.

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 Pinon AN-66 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


JohnGermann Pinon AN66 19460107 1 Front.jpg

The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

USS PINON earned the American Campaign Medal, the Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Any of a number of related pine trees with large, edible seeds.



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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