USS Fitch (DMS-25)


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Entry: 81217
Subject: JOE WILLIS

Sean Willis wrote on December 1, 2011


City and State: LIMERICK

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Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Anybody remember my father Joe Willis Sonar Tech

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Entry: 66901
Subject: R. KENTRO

Carol Summers wrote on August 16, 2008

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Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: The ship crossed the Arctic Circle on June 7, l943

Keywords: Looking for family of R. Kentro who sailed on the USS Fitch in 1943.



Entry: 60828
Subject: WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM FRIENDS

Vernon Tifft wrote on April 28, 2007


City and State: GREENWICH NY

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Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I am Vern's youngest daughter and would like to surprise him on his birthday with some letters from shipmates that served with him and his brother Delmar on the Fitch from 1948 to 1952

Keywords: USS FITCH, COMPANY 164



Entry: 60037
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Greta Friberg wrote on February 15, 2007

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City and State: PHILIPSBURG PA

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Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Hello, my grandfather served on the USS Fitch in 42-47. We are looking for anyone who might of served with him. His name is Howard Bellingham, and was from NJ at the time. ty

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Entry: 43785
Subject: SERVED ON USS FITCH FROM 1/2/48 THRU 4/2/.52

Ralph Bosben wrote on June 14, 2004

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City and State: ELMA IA

Unit: BLACK GANG ,AFTER ENG RM

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: WOULD LIKE TO HERE FROM SHIPMATES IN THAT TIME 49 / 52

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Entry: 18661
Subject: SSHIPMATE'S

Billy Clement wrote on August 13, 2001

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City and State: ROCKVILLE MD

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Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Served on USS Fitch 2 Jan 1955 to 16 Nov. 1955

Keywords: Looking for shipmates



Entry: 13521
Subject: WALTER CALVERT

Robert Swist wrote on December 8, 2000

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City and State: NEWARK DE

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Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I am the son-in-law of walter calvert "cal" who served on the uss Fitch. I'm not sure of the dates,however. Just looking to see if anyone might have met Cal. He passed away about 30 years ago,however, his wife is still very much alive and would enjoy hearing from some of Ca's old buddies. Just thought I,d give it a try.
Many thanks,
Robert Swist

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Entry: 12099
Subject: USS FITCH REPLICA

Rosalie Asch wrote on October 2, 2000

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City and State: CARLISLE PA

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Service or Relationship: Friend of Veteran

Comments: Ed Glass served on the USS Fitch from 1948 to 1952. He passed away July of this year. Ed had a blueprint of the USS Fitch and he built a 5 foot replica with detail. It is outstanding. It is so excellent that it should be on display where it can be appreciated. Anyone have any leads for me to pass on to Ed's widow? Thanks.

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Entry: 5089
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

Comments:


THIS SHIP DID NOT SERVE IN THE KOREAN WAR ZONE.


USS FITCH (DMS-25)


(DD-462: dp. 1,630; l. 347'10";. b. 36'1" dr. 15'8"s. 38 k.; cpl. 208; a. 4 5", 5 21" tt., 6 dcp., 2 dct.,cl. Bristol)


“...cruising to the Mediterranean in 1949, 1951, and 1953...”


Fitch (DD-462) was launched 14 June 1941 by Boston Navy Yard; sponsored by Mrs. H. W. Thomas, grandniece of Commander Fitch, and commissioned 3 February 1942, Lieutenant Commander H. Crommelin in command. She was reclassified DMS-25 on 15 November 1944, and again classified DD 462 on 16 July 1955.


On 9 January 1946, Fitch arrived at Norfolk, where she was immobilized for a month. She voyaged between Norfolk, Charleston, and New York transferring minesweeper crews for several months, and in November, from her home port at Charleston, began regular operations training Mine Force officers, exercising in the Caribbean and along the east coast, and cruising to the Mediterranean in 1949, 1951, and 1953.


During 1955, she conducted tests in the Caribbean for the Operational Development Force. Fitch was decommissioned at Charleston 24 February 1956 and placed in reserve.


From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships

Keywords: MINESWEEPER, BRISTOL CLASS, MEDITERRANEAN, TRAINING MINE FORCE OFFICERS, ATLANTIC FLEET,







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