USS Ebony AN-15 Sailor's Censored Mail July 12, 1943

USS Ebony AN-15 Sailor's Censored Mail July 12, 1943

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USS Ebony AN-15 Sailor's Censored Mail July 12, 1943

Ebony (YN-10) was launched 3 June 1941 by the General Engineering & Dry Dock Company of Alameda, California; sponsored by Mrs. Clara Valtey; placed in service 16 September 1941 for duty in the 12th Naval District; and commissioned 22 May 1942, Ensign S. Bernsen, USNR, in command. Ebony sailed from San Francisco, California, 24 May 1942 for the South Pacific Ocean. After a brief period in the Fiji Islands, she arrived at Auckland, New Zealand, 27 July, to serve as net gate tender.

She sailed to Noumea in January 1943 to assist in towing a stranded vessel to safety and remained until May to salvage Shaw (DD-373). Ebony continued her net tending in the South Pacific, based primarily at Nouméa and Espiritu Santo, until the end of the war. During this time, she was reclassified AN-15 on 20 January 1944.