USS Chatterer (AMS-40)










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Entry: 91129
Subject: SILVER STAR MEDAL

Thomas E. (T.E.) Moore wrote on May 5, 2015


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Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to
Lieutenant Junior Grade Ernest Carl Castle (NSN: O-512965), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action as Minesweeping Officer on board the USS
CHATTERER (AMS-40), during sweeping operations in the Korean Theater on the night of 5,
May 1952. When the CHATTERER was working close inshore within easy range of Communist guns, an enemy mine became fouled in the ship's port otter. The sea was high and the ship was rolling heavily, posing a grave threat to the safety of ship and crew. With great courage and complete disregard for his own personal safety, Lieutenant Junior Grade, Castle volunteered to clear the fouled mine. Because of the proximity of enemy shore batteries only the most limited amount of light could be provided for the operation. He worked the mine in close to the stern of the ship and found the severed cable entwined in the otter of the sweep gear. Despite the continuing pounding of the mine by the otter which threatened to explode it at any moment, Lieutenant Junior Grade, Castle hung precariously over the stern
of the ship by his legs and cleared the mine having to fend it off several times with his hands to prevent it from striking the ship and exploding, thereby averting damages or possible sinking of his ship. His outstanding courage and steadfast devotion to duty was at all times in
keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.


General Orders: Commander 7th. Fleet: Serial 971 (May 16, 1953)

Keywords: Korean War --- 5, May 1952 --- USS CHATTERER-AMS-40 --- Ship's C O, Lt. Samuel Lorenz,Jr.,USN --- Silver Star Medal --- Lt.(jg). Ernest Carl Castle, USN, USNA-1948 --- Retired
as a U.S. Navy Captain.



Entry: 85204
Subject: USS CHATTERER CREWMAN '47 TO '49

John L. Winton wrote on January 13, 2013

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Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I was a member of the crew and an ET doing
Quartermaster duties as well. 1947 to late 1949
The Captain at the time was Lt.O'Shaunessy. My best
friends aboard who I recall were Ted Pringle, and
Willie T. Griffin, and Garcia who was lost at sea
during sweeping operations.
We spent much time clearing mines from shipping
channels leading in and out of Kobe, the second major
port, and throughout the Inland Sea including the
Shemonosaki Straights, while docking at Kokura.
We were pretty much on our own during that period,
getting supplies from various Army bases scattered
about during the occupation.
I am aware that Ted went down with the Partridge in
Korea since I was in the area on another ship.Ted and I
spent almost 2 yrs together on the Chatterer.

Keywords: MINRON 3 -Japanese Occupation



Entry: 76981
Subject: JERRY THOMAS COOPER

Jerry Cooper wrote on November 28, 2010


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Unit: MINE PAC

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Voltage and Current used for mag- tail sweeping

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Entry: 76510
Subject: FATHER WAS RADIOMAN

Phil Danskin wrote on October 24, 2010


City and State: SONOMA CA

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Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Going though my late father's navy pictures. Found following crew members names on pictures/correspondance:
J.P. McMahon; Doc Davney; Jim Rice; Novak; Scotty with frozen towel; Lanno sitting on the pig or float; DeGraff; Andy Carson; Bob Struck. Don't know which ship but have a hunch it's the Chatterer or Mainstay or both.
I wished like hell I had quizzed dad 'bout pictures while he was alive!
Phil - Sonoma, CA

Keywords: USS WASHINGTON (BB56); USS CHATTERER (AMS 40); USS MAINSTAY (AMS 261)



Entry: 73736
Subject: CREW MENBERS

William Brunet wrote on February 27, 2010

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City and State: CAMPO CA

Unit: USS CHATTERER AMS 40

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: Korea 1951-52



Entry: 65757
Subject: ORIGINAL CREW MEMBER

Walter Wainman wrote on May 26, 2008


City and State: ST PETERSBURG FL

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Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Original crew member when ship was new, named yms-415, Would like to hear from anyone who served on ship, also any original crew out there?

Keywords: YMS 415



Entry: 64130
Subject: CHATTERER TURN OVER AMS 40

Paul McMahon wrote on February 2, 2008


City and State: WEST BRIDGEWATER MA

Unit: USN AMS 40

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I was serving on board the Chatterer when it was turned over to the Japanese Navy On Feb 1955. In fact I trained all the officers on the use and maintanence of all the electrical minesweeping equipment. From there I went back to long Beach to pick up the uss Shea to finish out my duty tour. I lost all my notes and pictures of all the events that took place. But there were 4 minesweepers turned over at that time. Wow the time flies... The last I remember of her was in Sasebo Harbor, When they raised the Japanese flag, as it left the dock after the shake down cruise.....

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Entry: 64129
Subject: CHATTERER TURN OVER AMS 40

Paul McMahon wrote on February 2, 2008


City and State: WEST BRIDGEWATER MA

Unit: USN AMS 40

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I was serving on board the Chatterer when it was turned over to the Japanese Navy On Feb 1955. In fact I trained all the officers on the use and maintanence of all the electrical minesweeping equipment. From there I went back to long Beach to pick up the uss Shea to finish out my duty tour. I lost all my notes and pictures of all the events that took place. But there were 4 minesweepers turned over at that time. Wow the time flies... The last I remember of her was in Sasebo Harbor, When they raised the Japanese flag, as it left the dock after the shake down cruise.....

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Entry: 62370
Subject: OLD CREW MEMBER

Paul McMahon wrote on September 21, 2007


City and State:

Unit: MINESWEEPING,SPECIALIST, ELECTRICIAN

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I happened to see a note on the USS Shea and in tracking back I hit the ams40.... I took that ship over to Japan in 1955 , Can.t remember all the details, But returned to Long beach to the Shea For my last year of rervice. I was in Charleston, on the Barbett, and Chatterer, and one other for two tears. 54 annd 55

Keywords: I was a crew member on the ams 40 1954 /1955, tansfered to the USS shea DM30 1955, and was discharged jan 1956 from Shea at long Beach



Entry: 53398
Subject: COMMANDER MINE SQUADRON SEVEN

Mike Koffler wrote on October 2, 2005

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City and State:

Unit: MINE SQUADRON SEVEN

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: Looking to communicate with Mine Squadron SEVEN personnel, any time period and USS Gallant sailors any period.

Keywords: Minesweeper, MSO, Mine Squadron SEVEN, Mine Squadron NINE, Mine Division 71, Mine Division 72, Mine Division 73, Mine Division 91, Mine Division 92, Mine Division 93 USS Gallant (MSO-439)



Entry: 47129
Subject: USS CHATERER INFO WANTED

Karen Charles Smart wrote on November 28, 2004


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Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Looking for information on Robert G. Charles who was on the Chatterer at one time. Don't know his rank (Lt JG?) or years. Am doing research on ships he served on during his career

Keywords: USS Chatterer



Entry: 40215
Subject: USS CHATTERER DUTY

Roy Behm wrote on January 23, 2004

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City and State: CHENEY WA

Unit: MINE DIVISION 111

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I was an ET on the Chatterer from Dec 1951-Dec 1952. We swept 5 magnetic mines at Wonsan Harbor. Sam Lorenz was Skipper part of that time. Jim Odem relieved him. The Chatterer nearly sunk when the shaft bearing broke in Chinnampo harbor. We were kept afloat by tying to a Canadian destroyer until the pumps started working. The shaft was immobilized and we were towed back to Sasebo. I was transferred to the USS Devastator (AM-318)to finish out my hitch

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Entry: 36265
Subject: SERVICE ABOARD CHATTERER

Jerry Beckley wrote on August 14, 2003

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City and State: RIDGEWAY VA

Unit: USS CHATTERER (AMS-40)

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Served aboard Chatterer wth Capt Odem. Rip Miller was XO. I was the lone Gunner's Mate. Left in Jul 53 for the states aboard Redstart. Went to Submarine school and spent the remainder of 21 years in Submarines.

Keywords: Served on Chatterer from Jun 52 to Jul 53, transferred to Redstart for trip home.



Entry: 16273
Subject: MINE SWEEPING SQUADRON

C. Douglas Webb wrote on May 3, 2001

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City and State: FT. SMITH AR

Unit: MINE SWEEPING SQUADRON - USS CHATTERER AMS

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: MINE SWEEPING SQUADRON - USS CHATTERER AMS

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Entry: 12335
Subject: DUTY ON USS CHATTERER

Gerald E. (Jerry) Vanderpool wrote on October 13, 2000

Deceased

City and State: MONTROSE CO

Unit: MINE SQUADRON SEVEN

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: MINE SQUADRON SEVEN

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Entry: 12323
Subject: DUTY ON USS CHATTERER

Gerald E. (Jerry) Vanderpool wrote on October 13, 2000

Deceased

City and State: MONTROSE CO

Unit: MINE SQUADRON SEVEN

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I served on the Chatterer from 1/49 to 6/51. I was the ships yeoman, a 20mm gunner on GQ, and a hookup man on the sweep detail.

Four of the sweepers in our squadron were sunk in the first year of the Korean War. The PIRATE and PLEDGE(AM)s were sunk in Wonsan. MAGPIE and PARTRIDGE (AMS)s were sunk elsewhere, on different dates, along the east coast. My best friend,Ted, was, and still is, on the PARTRIDGE.
While we were on sweep operations in Wonsan, I observed a South Korean (AMS) being blown into by
an influence mine. There were at least two other vessels sunk by mines during our visit there; a US Army tugboat and a Japanese minesweeper.

Besides the previous mentioned minesweepers there were in our squadron;(AMS)class: REDHEAD, MOCKINGBIRD, OSPREY,and KITE. The other (AM)s were: MAINSTAY, INCREDIBLE and

Keywords: EM Daniel Bella and SO Ted Pringle were my closest friends. PARTRIDGE was our sister ship.
Wonsan Harbor was our biggest and deadlest project.



Entry: 6533
Subject: FINDING CREW MEMBERS

Lloyd DeGraffenreid wrote on January 29, 2000

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City and State: BRUMLEY MO

Unit: NAVY MINE SQUADRON, USS CHATTERER AMS 40

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Searching for Lt. JG. Charles Davidson, Executive Officer. Also searching for Lt. Sam Lorenz,
Skipper.

Keywords: USS Chatterer AMS40
04/51 through 08/52
DeGraffenreid



Entry: 5009
Subject: SHIP'S HISTORY - KOREAN WAR SERVICE

Craig Rothhammer wrote on November 16, 1999

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City and State: LA CRESCENTA CA

Unit: USS GRASP (ARS-24) USS BOLSTER (ARS-38)

Service or Relationship: Navy

Comments:


From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships



USS CHATTERER (AMS-40)


USS YMS-415, a 272-ton auxiliary motor minesweeper, was built at Cleveland, Ohio. Commissioned in October 1944, she was assigned to the Pacific, where she participated in operations off Okinawa in June 1945. Following the Japanese surrender, YMS-415 was active in mine clearance efforts in the vicinity of Japan. She was redesignated a motor minesweeper (AMS) in February 1947 and renamed Chatterer (AMS-40).


Stationed in Japan when the Korean War began in June 1950, Chatterer soon joined the effort to search for and clear enemy minefields in the combat zone. She was retained in the Western Pacific after the conflict ended and was redesignated MSC(O)-40 in February 1955.


Chatterer was loaned to Japan the following April and renamed Yurishima for service in the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force. Returned to the U.S. Navy in 1967, she was sold for scrapping in September 1969.

Keywords: MINESWEEPER,







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