From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
A tufted herb with pink or white flowers found in the mountains and on the seacoasts in the North Temperate Zone.
dr. 13'6" s. 12 k. cpl. 56 a. 1 x 3"
Cliffrose (AN-42) was launched 27 November 1943 by Everett-Pacific Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Everett, Wash., as YN-61; sponsored by Miss S. Morgan; reclassified AN-42, 20 January 1944; and commissioned 30 April 1944, Lieutenant Commander G. Montague, USNR, in command.
Cliffrose sailed from San Pedro, Calif., 21 June 1944 for Pearl Harbor, arriving 4 July for local duty. She departed 8 August for the Florida Islands and the invasion of Peleliu on 15 September. She carried out surveys for the installation of moorings, and then laid an antitorpedo net across the western entrance of Kossol Passage, remaining in the Palaus until 8 December, when she sailed for Ulithi. Arriving 10 December, she was briefly overhauled and had duty repairing nets.
Cliffrose put out from Ulithi 25 March 1945 for the Okinawa invasion, arriving on 1 April the day of the first landings, for duty installing- and repairing nets until 5 August. After upkeep at Saipan, she returned to Okinawa 20 September, loaded supplies, and cleared 25 October for Bungo Suido, Japan, arriving 29 October. Here she laid navigational aids until the end of the year, sailing then for Pearl Harbor and San Pedro, California, where she arrived 1 January 1946.
Cliffrose cleared San Pedro, after local operations, 3 July 1946 for Pearl Harbor, where she operated from 16 July to 16 August, Guam and Subic Bay, arriving 14 September. She served in Philippine waters until 25 December, when she cleared Subic Bay for Shanghai, arriving 31 December. Cliffrose was decommissioned 7 January 1947 and turned over to China through the State Department.
Cliffrose received two battle stars for World War II service.