USS Dextrous (AM-341)


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Entry: 96805
Subject: USS DEXTROUS CREW MEMBERS

Shane Beener LCDR wrote on November 24, 2018


City and State: MANAMA

Unit: USS DEXTROUS MCM-13

Service or Relationship: USN

Comments: I am the current Executive Officer of USS DEXTROUS MCM-13 and an looking for information on the first USS DEXTROUS that served during World War II and Korean War.

I am trying to gather information to share with the current crew to connect us to the ship's past.

Very Respectfully,

LCDR Shane Beener

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Entry: 96804
Subject: USS DEXTROUS CREW MEMBERS

Shane Beener LCDR wrote on November 24, 2018


City and State: MANAMA

Unit: USS DEXTROUS MCM-13

Service or Relationship: USN

Comments: I am the current Executive Officer of USS DEXTROUS MCM-13 and an looking for information on the first USS DEXTROUS that served during World War II and Korean War.

I am trying to gather information to share with the current crew to connect us to the ship's past.

Very Respectfully,

LCDR Shane Beener

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Entry: 89857
Subject: USS DEXTROUAM341 THOMAS KEIM

Trisha Keim wrote on October 27, 2014


City and State:

Unit: USS DEXTROUS AM341

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I am looking for anyone who might be able to help connect names to photos of the young men on my Dad's ship during Korean Conflict. I just found some stuff, including this patch that features a mine with numeral 76 centered. the motto is WHERE THE FLEET GOES WE'VE BEEN USS DEXTROUAM341.

My Dad was Thomas M. Keim and he was a Sonarman.
He was stationed at Long Beach, California.

It appears I have missed some important posts on this site...I'm hoping there are other people out there who have more details to share/exchange.

Thanks!
Trisha

Keywords: USS Dextrous AM341
Korean War
Minesweeper 76
Thomas M. Keim, Sonarman



Entry: 89061
Subject: WW2

Denise Sandstrum wrote on May 30, 2014


City and State: SLAUGHTER LA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My dad Carl D Reaces, Gaffney SC served on the USS Dextrose after it left Norfolk 1943 to 44. He is looking to find ship mates . He has recently told me some war stories that also willing to share. One was that his shipmate collected money and bought a guitar so they had music on board the Dextrose

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Entry: 86536
Subject: AM-341 DEXTROUS CREW MEMBER

Clarence Sanderson wrote on June 17, 2013


City and State: CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Please contact me if you have any pictures or if you remember
me - I know its been a while. I brought the ship into Long
Beach in 1956.

Keywords: Destrous AM-341 Minesweeper



Entry: 85187
Subject: USS ARDENT AM340 MINESWEEPER

Jim Tobin wrote on January 11, 2013


City and State: CA

Unit: AM340

Service or Relationship: Friend of Veteran

Comments: On behalf of a friend who served on the AM340 USS

ARDENT during the WWII, between 12/1/43, and 6/18/46.



(1)I am looking for any persons who might know where I

can find this Unit AM340,It has to be somewhere, but I

can not find it listed. Where can go to find out

Squadrons or units, if they are not listed in this war

project?



(2) Robert Gene Cooper entered the war December

1,1943,and discharged June 18, 1946.



(3) If there is someone from this unit, if they happen

to remember a fellow seaman, ROBERT EUGENE COOPER. He

is now 87, and I think he would be more than thrilled

to have someone contact him from back then.

San Pedro, Ca.



Thank you!



Keywords: USS ARDENT AM340, Minesweeper Class, AM340, Dec.1943-

June 18,1946



Entry: 84545
Subject: MY FATHER

Mike McEwan wrote on October 30, 2012


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father, Robert L. McEwan served on the USS Dextrous
AM341 for one year in the Korean war. I am interested if
any one remembers him and has any stories about him.

Keywords: USS Dextrous AM341, korean War



Entry: 83651
Subject: KOREAN WAR...

Michael VanDyke wrote on July 15, 2012


City and State: DALLAS OR

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: My father in law just passed away last week.He(Jim)
was on the USS Dextrous(AM-341)during the Korean War
and seen three battles while on ship...
His name was James Huff,was boilers mate and fireman
on ship.......

Keywords: USS Dextrous(AM-341)



Entry: 75558
Subject: DEXTROUS CREW

Ronald G. Forsyth SR. wrote on July 23, 2010

Email Update Needed



City and State: GOLETA CA

Unit: MINE DIVISION 3

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: Jan. 11, 1952, USS Dextrous hit by shore batteries off of Songjin, Korea, one killed and two wounded. A day to never forget or our fallen comrade



Entry: 75395
Subject: EDDIE MALONE

David Malone JR. wrote on July 8, 2010


City and State: LAWTON OK

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: We would like contact from his old shipmates if possible------- my Dad served on this vessel in the late 40's and early 50's He speaks highly of the crew--- and his experience on the boat----
He has recently moved to an assisted living facility in Lawton, OK.

Please feel free to respond----- email or phone---- to David Malone 580-695-3850
Thanks

Keywords: My father, Eddie Malone served as a cook ---



Entry: 70303
Subject: DEXTROUS SHIPMATE

Ronald G. Forsyth wrote on May 25, 2009

Email Update Needed



City and State: GOLETA CA

Unit: MINDIV 76

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I came aboard the Dextrous in Oct. of 1951, just three months before we got a direct hit by N. Korean shore batteries. It was a day long remembered by this old sailor. Gerald Lee Swan was killed by sharpnel on the forward port side of the main deck. Woody Little was hit by sharpnel in his thigh and P. K. Barnes was hit with sharpnel which traveled under his scalp from the front of his face and exited in the back of his neck. Both shipmates lived to return aboard. I guarded Swans body that night until we met with the hospital ship "Hope." A day never forgotten by myself...

Keywords: Jan.11, 1952... USS Dextrous hit by shore batteries, one killed, two wounded.Off the waters of Songjin, Korea.



Entry: 66753
Subject: MY FATHER

Jessica King wrote on August 1, 2008


City and State: CONROE TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I don't have but bits and pieces and I am trying to put them together for my sons, Who won't have the privilege of hearing their grandfathers stories as I did. I wish now I would have paid closer attention. My father recently passed this month. I believe my father or my grandfather served on this ship. My father's name is Cletus King and he would have been on board in ht early 50's. My grand father's name is Richard King and he would have served in the early 40's. If anyone knows either of these great men or might have photos please contact me. Thank you and may god bless!!!!!!!!!!!!

Keywords: USS Dextrous, USS Endicott,



Entry: 62840
Subject: MY GRANDDAD

John Moore wrote on November 4, 2007

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: My grandfather, Larry Moore, served as a cook, from 52-56 on this very ship, i would love to get old pictures of the ship from that era so i can put it together on my family tree ..any that would help email me at Millermarlboros@yahoo.com the USS Dexrous *am 341 from 52-56

Keywords: Pictures



Entry: 52866
Subject: MSF-341 TRANSFER TO ROKN

Herb Hough wrote on August 26, 2005

Email Update Needed



City and State: RALEIGH NC

Unit: MSF-341 ACTIVATION - MOBILIZATION TEAM

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: In the fall of 1967, I was the OIC of the USS Dextrous MSF-341 Activation,Mobilization and Transfer Team. The Dextrous was modified at the Willamette Iron and Steel Company, Portland, OR, into a Patrol Craft for transfer to the Republic of Korea Navy under the Military Assistance Program (MAP). After successful sea trials she was commissioned into the ROKN as the ROKS Koje PCS 2 at Seattle, WA in February, 1968. The CNO of the ROKN attended the commissioning ceremonies. The officers and crew (CDR Oh Chung Su, Commanding Officer) and my team took the Koje through refresher traing in San Diego, CA after a brief port call in San Francisco, CA. The Koje left for South Korea in March, 1968 to become the second largest ship in their fleet.

Keywords: Dextrous MSF-341 Koje



Entry: 49386
Subject: USS DEXTROUS AM341

Walter Braun wrote on March 6, 2005


City and State: APPLETON WI

Unit: ELECTRICAN MATE

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments:

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Entry: 49384
Subject: USS DEXTROUS AM341

Walter Braun wrote on March 6, 2005


City and State: APPLETON WI

Unit: ELECTRICAN MATE

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments:

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Entry: 45433
Subject: USS DEXTROUS (KOREA)

Len Norton wrote on August 25, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father was on board the USS Dextrous during the Korean conflict (why don't they call it a war?) Anyway, Dad was Kenneth M. Norton, AKA Kenny or Ken Norton. He passed away on August 22, 2004 and I wish I found this site before he passed away. He always had good things to say about his shipmates but I think he lost a friend when the 75 mm shells started landing and he never talked about being under fire. If anyone remembers my father, my mother and I would love to hear from you.

God Bless our men and women overseas.

Keywords: USS Dextrous (Korea)



Entry: 36950
Subject: USS DEXTROUS

Andrea Hamilton (Herron) wrote on September 15, 2003


City and State: SPRINGFIELD MO

Unit: N/A

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father, OD Herron, served on the USS Dextrous. I am fairly certain that he served from the time the Dextrous left Norfolk and through all the time the Dextrous was in the Pacific. He was a gunner's mate during this time.

He died in Sept. of 1981. I wish I had payed closer attention to his tales of his tour of duty during WW2.They were fascinating and almost always told with a touch of humor.

Keywords: family member of one who served



Entry: 31521
Subject: USS DEXTROUS AM341

Robert Whitmore wrote on January 27, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State: PLACENTIA CA

Unit: SONAR

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: I SERVED ON THE USS DEXTROUS FROM COMMISSIONING IN SETPEMBER 1943 UNTIL JANUARY 1945. WOULD LIKE TO CONTACT OTHER CREW MEMBERS OF THAT ERA.

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Entry: 29588
Subject: REUNION INFO

Edgar Malone SR. wrote on November 14, 2002


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments:

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Entry: 24266
Subject:

Ken Holland wrote on March 26, 2002

Email Update Needed



City and State: HIGH ROLLS NM

Unit: USS DEXTROUS - USS OSPREY

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: USS Osprey AMS-28 Jun 53 to Oct 54
USS Shea
USS Dextrous AM 341 Jun 55 to Sep 56

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Entry: 18048
Subject: SEEKING INFORMATION

Glen Sims wrote on July 17, 2001


City and State: SPRINGFIELD MO

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father in law was on this ship I am trying to find out about reunions. Also any historical information i can find .
Thank you.
Myself I was in the Armys, Navy
1098th TCMB SeaDogs
Drove a Mike 8 landing craft

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Entry: 16209
Subject: USS DEXTROUS AM 341 CREW MEMBERS

Ronald G. Forsyth wrote on April 30, 2001

Email Update Needed



City and State: GOLETA CA

Unit: MINE DIVISION 76

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Seconid Invasion of Wonsan

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Entry: 6182
Subject: DEXTROUS REUNION IN ST LOUIS 2000

David Barton wrote on January 13, 2000

Email Update Needed



City and State: KNIGHTS LANDING CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: am searching for shipmates

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Entry: 5967
Subject: DEXTROUS REUNION 2000

Alfred Henneberger wrote on January 1, 2000


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Dextrous AM 341

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Entry: 5805
Subject: I WAS ON THIS SHIP.

Eugene Renner wrote on December 24, 1999


City and State: TEMPLE CITY CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: My father was in the korean war on this ship. He was a mine sweeper. I am his daugther, I am helping him find his fellow ship mates. Please send him any info on reunions, ect. Thank You. Allison Henderson

Keywords: Unknown, I am his daugther.



Entry: 5086
Subject: SHIP'S HISTORY - KOREAN WAR SERVICE

Craig Rothhammer wrote on November 18, 1999

Email Update Needed



City and State: LA CRESCENTA CA

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

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments:


USS DEXTROUS (AM-341)


Skillful or expert.


(AM - 341: dp. 890; l. 221'2"; b. ...; dr. 10'9"; s. 18 k.; cpl. 105; a. 1 3"; cl. Auk)


“Often under fire from shore batteries which hit her three times...”


Dextrous (AM-341) was launched 17 June 1943 by Gulf Shipbuilding Corp., Chickasaw, Ala.; sponsored by Miss S. S. Kenney; and commissioned 8 September 1943, Lieutenant Commander S. S. Trotman in command.


Dextrous sailed from Norfolk 14 November 1943 as a convoy escort, arriving at Bizerte, Tunisia, 3 January 1944. Ten days later she sailed for Naples, Italy, to sweep in the Gulf of Salerno. On 21 January she left Naples for the Anzio-Nettuno beachhead where she swept mines prior to the assault the next day and patrolled and provided antiaircraft fire during the bitter fighting ashore. Except for two voyages to Bizerte to replenish, Dextrous served off Anzio until 12 August 1944 when she sailed from Naples for preinvasion minesweeping off the southern coast of France. She swept and patrolled there until 1 October when she put in to Bizerte. Escorting a convoy of LSTs, she returned to Norfolk 11 December for overhaul.


Dextrous sailed from Norfolk 15 February 1945 for the Pacific, arriving at Pearl Harbor 18 March. She aided in the training of submarines in the Hawaiian Islands until 23 May, when she sailed west. After calling at Guam to remove some experimental gear, she reached Okinawa 14 July to join the minesweeping operations coordinated with the 3d Fleet's final raids on Japan.


After the war Dextrous remained in the Far East, clearing minefields in Japanese waters until 15 January 1946 when she sailed from Sasebo for the west coast. She arrived at San Pedro 22 February and was placed out of commission in reserve 5 June 1946.


Recommissioned 1 December 1950 for service in the Korean War, Dextrous made her first Far Eastern cruise from 3 March 1951 to 28 February 1952. She patrolled and swept on both coasts of Korea.


Often under fire from shore batteries which hit her three times, Dextrous captured two sampans and five prisoners-of-war.


She returned to Korean waters for similar duty from 1 December 1952 to 3 July 1953. Following the cease fire in Korea Dextrous made cruises to the western Pacific in 1954 and 1955-56 during which she patrolled off Korea, and participated in various exercises with the Fleet. Alternating with this duty were local exercises out of her home port at Long Beach, and a cruise along the west coast to San Francisco and Seattle in the summer of 1955.


Dextrous was again placed out of commission in reserve 31 October 1956. She was reclassified MSF-341, 7 February 1955.


USS Dextrous received five battle stars for World War II service and five for Korean War service.


From: Dictionary of American Fighting Ships

Keywords: MINESWEEPER, AUK CLASS, SAMPANS, POWS, PEACE PATROL,







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