World War II Service
After shakedown in the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi River, Gum Tree sailed for Newfoundland on 25 September 1941, reaching Argentia, Newfoundland, 25 January 1942 after touching at Key West, Florida; New York City; Newport, Rhode Island; Boston, Massachusetts; and, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
She spent the following 17 months laying and tending nets off Newfoundland and then returned to the States for overhaul. Casco Bay, off Portland, Maine, was Gum Tree's home port for the remainder of the war as she tended harbor defenses there.
Her designation was changed to AN-18 20 January 1944. In September 1945, the net-tender participated in some experimental net operations at Melville, Rhode Island, and then was ordered to Orange, Texas, where she arrived 6 December 1945.
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