USS Defense AM 317


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Jack Mindeman wrote on June 16, 2014


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Subject: LOOKING FOR SHIP MATES OF DECEASED FATHER

Gil Murrell wrote on June 2, 2010


City and State: BEAUFORT SC

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Comments: I AM LOOKING FOR ANY FRIENDS OR SHIPMATES OF MY FATHER, AURTHOR AGUSTUS MURRELL, WHO RECENTLY PASSED AWAY ON 03-03-10. HE SERVED IN THE NAVY ON THE USS DEFENSE IN THE ENGINE ROOM FROM 1951 TO 1955 DURING THE KOREAN CONFLICT. MY MOTHER, RUBY MURRELL, IS STILL LIVING AND IN GREAT HEALTH. MY MOTHER, AS WELL AS THE REST OF THE FAMILY, IS INTERESTED IN LOCATING OLD FRIENDS AND SHIPMATES. ANY RESPONSE IS GREATLY APPRECIATED!

THANKS FOR YOUR HELP

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Subject: RCHARD SANFORD WAS ENGINEERING OFFICER '52-'53

Robert Sanford wrote on January 30, 2008


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Comments: I have some color photocopies of pictures my Dad, LTjg Richard Sanford took in 1952 and '53 in Korea.

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Subject: DEFENSE,REDSTART,CURLEW

Robert (Jake) Hutton wrote on July 2, 2007


City and State: OMAHA NE

Unit: MINESWEEPER

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: looking for any photos or info relating to these 3 minesweepers that I served on during Korea. Also any help on locating muster rolls and/or incident reports.

Keywords: Jake,A.F. Ermer,F.W. Kofmehl,Fred Haberle,Marlin L. Tullis,Edward Wenns,Joe Martin,USS Defense,USS Redstart,USS Curlew



Entry: 55558
Subject: SHIPS COMPANY USS DEFENSE

John Haynes wrote on February 4, 2006

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City and State: PASO ROBLES CA

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Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: My father in law John Haynes was on the USS Defense after the A Bombs was dropped in Japan.His ship cleared the harbor of mines.
He is elderly now but very sharp and mobil.He wanted me to research his ship and shipmates to see if he could contact them. Thank you for your service to our great country.God bless you.

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Subject: AM-127 USS TUMULT

Michael Roland wrote on May 14, 2002

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Comments: LOOKING for pics of the AM 127 USS TUMULT if anyone has any. please e-mail me.

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Subject: AM-127 USS TUMULT

Michael Roland wrote on May 14, 2002

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Entry: 14649
Subject: USS DEFENSE AM317 52-55

Don Smith wrote on January 28, 2001

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City and State: FRUITLAND PARK FL

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Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I served abord the Defense when it was recommissioned in 1952 until it was decommissioned in 1955 .I worked in the after engine room . I was one of the crew that operated the Boiler and Evap.

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Subject: USS DEFENSE ADDT'L INFO

Robert (bobby) Hutton wrote on October 3, 2000

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City and State: OMAHA NE

Unit: AM-317

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE USS DEFENSE (AM-317) CAN BE FOUND AT http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-d/am317.htm

ALSO FOR INFORMATION CONCERNING A PROPOSED REUNION FOR THE USS DEFENSE YOU MAY CONTACT MARTY STRAUSS @ (510)782-4783 OR (800)996-4847 OR E-MAIL @ vipmarty@home.com

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Entry: 5090
Subject: SHIP'S HISTORY - KOREAN WAR SERVICE

Craig Rothhammer wrote on November 18, 1999

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City and State: LA CRESCENTA CA

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

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

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USS DEFENSE (AM-317)


Protection from attack.


(AM - 317: dp. 890; l. 221'2"; b. 32'2"; dr. 10'9"; s. 18 k.; cpl. 105; a. 1 3"; cl. Auk)


“...she cleared the waters at Inchon and in the Wonsan-Chongjin-Songjin area of mines...”


Defense (AM-317) was launched 18 February 1943 by General Engineering and Dry Dock Co., Alameda, Calif.; sponsored by Mrs. A. Duncanfield; and commissioned 10 January 1944, Lieutenant Commander G. Abbott, USNR, in command. She was reclassified MSF-317, 7 February 1955.


Recommissioned 16 February 1952 at Long Beach, Calif., Defense sailed for Yokosuka 7 July, arriving 15 August. Operating in Korean waters in support of United Nations forces, she cleared the waters at Inchon and in the Wonsan-Chongjin-Songjin area of mines until 8 January 1953 when she cleared Yokosuka for Long Beach arriving 5 February.


Along with another tour of duty in the Far East from 5 October 1953 to 2 June 1954, Defense operated along the coast of Southern California until again placed out of commission in reserve 15 April 1955.


USS Defense received two battle stars for World War II service and two the Korean War.





From: Dictionary of American Fighting Ships

Keywords: MINESWEEPER, AUK CLASS, WONSAN, CHONGJIN, SONGJIN, PEACE PATROL







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