USS Gladiator (AM-319)


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Entry: 85736
Subject: REMEMBERING THE GLADIATOR

Dennis Herrington wrote on March 20, 2013


City and State: TROY IL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I remember when my father, Murill, would get together with
shipmates for their annual reunion. The most interesting
happening though was when I was attending a change of
command for a Naval Academy classmate in Charleston in 1995.
Dad had passed away several months before and we were
amazed
to find out the new Gladiator was in port. An immediate visit was
arranged and you could imagine how choked up I became when
there in the Captain's wardroom was a picture of my father and
the rest of his Gladiator shipmates.

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Entry: 80831
Subject: WILLIAM WRIGHT GUNNERS MATE SECOND CLASS

Stan Wright wrote on October 27, 2011


City and State: SALINAS CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Dad passed away of a pulminary emblisem in 2009 at
the age of 82. Before passing he could not remember
what he ate for breakfast by lunch, but he could tell
you every story about the war. About the Kamakazi
that struck his ship while rafted off of Okinawa.
The typhon that he was in when the waves were
crashing 30 feet above the ship and being on watch
through all of it. About the gun crew and readyness
for action. Miss Dad and the stroies a lot...

Keywords: Dad was a gunners mate second class on board the
Gladiator. Shipped out from San Diego. He enlisted
at age 17, lied about his age. Saw action in most of
the major pacific war engagements.



Entry: 74303
Subject: FATHER - WW II ON 319 GLADIATOR

Robert Altuna SR. wrote on April 11, 2010

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City and State: LAS CRUCES NM

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: My name is Melanie Altuna-Vigil - my father has Parkingson's disease and has difficulty getting around. He and his brothers fought in WWII so I thought I would add him on.

Keywords: Boot camp in San Diego on August 14, 1943. Was assigned to USS Gladiator 319 Mine Sweeper for two years.



Entry: 27625
Subject: 1995 SPAIN VISIT - NEED HELP

Cassandra Scott wrote on August 16, 2002

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City and State: SUMMERVILLE SC

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Friend of Veteran

Comments: Can someone out there help me please, I am looking for a friend that was stationed on the USS GLADIATOR in 1995. During the middle to end of that year they visited Spain. I was on the USS SIMON LAKE and we visited Spain too. He was an Stg3
and when it was time for us to depart I gave him my Libra charm necklace to remember me by. The only problem is I cannot remember his name and that is my biggest problem in finding him. Please someone help me.

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Entry: 5136
Subject: SHIP'S HISTORY - KOREAN WAR SERVICE

Craig Rothhammer wrote on November 19, 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:


USS GLADIATOR (AM-319)


A man who fought with deadly weapons, as in the amphitheatre, for popular amusement. Hence, one who engages in any kind of spirited contest.


(AM-319: dp 890; l. 221'2"; b. 32'; dr. 10'; s.18k; a. 1 3")


“...divided her time between minesweeping operations at Wonsan, Inchon, and Hungnam...”


The second Gladiator, originally BAM-6 [HMS Blaze], was launched 7 May 1943 as AM-319 by the General Engineering and Drydock Co., Alameda, Calif.; sponsored by Mrs. Made line A. Silva; and acquired and simultaneously commissioned 25 February 1944 Lt. Comdr. Robert W. Costello in command.


Recommissioned 29 February 1952 at Long Beach, Calif., Gladiator sailed 2 September for Japan, closing Sasebo 1 month later, and steaming to Wonsan, Korea, 27 October. She swept mines in those dangerous waters until returning to Sasebo 10 November and subsequently, until the spring of 1953 divided her time between minesweeping operations at Wonsan, Inchon, and Hungnam and replenishment and training exercises; in Sasebo and Yokosuka.


Gladiator departed Sasebo 19 March 1953 and put in at Long Beach 10 April. She engaged in peacetime activities-overhaul at San Francisco, training exercises off southern California, a round trip cruise from Long Beach to Acapulco and Balboa (15 January-12 February 1954), and a cruise to Bellingham, Wash., and return (28 June-10 July 1954) before decommissioning at Long Beach 15 March 1955.


Redesignated MSF-319, Gladiator entered the reserve fleet berthed at Green Cove Springs, Fla. She was later transferred to the Pacific Reserve Fleet at San Diego, Calif. [Stricken 1 July 1972, sold Mexico 19 September 1972 as Santos Degollado.]


USS Gladiator received two battle stars for World War II service.


From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships

Keywords: MINESWEEPER, WONSAN, INCHON, HUNGNAM,







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