USS Heron (AMS-18)


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Entry: 62653
Subject: USS HERON (AMS-18)

Albert (Bert) Millspaugh wrote on October 19, 2007

Deceased

City and State: ORANGE CA

Unit: MINE SWEEP SQUADRON

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I would like to hear from anyone who was on the USS Heron during the Korean War.

Bert Millspaugh

Keywords: The USS Heron



Entry: 60684
Subject: MINE COUNTER MINE TECH

Spencer C. Eason wrote on April 15, 2007

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Many fond memories of the wooden ships and steel men,

Keywords: USS Heron AMS 18



Entry: 55734
Subject: LOOKING FOR MINESWEEPING STORY, SWEEPERS MAN YOUR BROOMS

Albert (Bert) Millspaugh wrote on February 13, 2006

Deceased

City and State:

Unit: USS HERON AMS-18

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Looking for words to story of minesweepers in WWII, Sweepers Man Your brooms.

Keywords:



Entry: 53911
Subject: USS HERON AMS 18

Jerry Faust wrote on November 3, 2005


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Please email any old shipmates.
Jerry

Keywords: USS Heron AMS 18



Entry: 32304
Subject: USS HERON AMS-18 1957 CREW MEMBERS

Mike Murphy wrote on February 25, 2003


City and State: PERTH. WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: Any former crew member or family of Jeff Maguire or Macguire could they contact me at my email address above.

Regards

Mike Murphy

Keywords: I am looking for a crew member of the USS HERSON AMS-18 family or friends of Jeff Maguire or Macguire who served on the USS HERON in 1957.



Entry: 25187
Subject: SERVED 10/50 TO 10/51

D. Lynn Mahannah wrote on May 2, 2002


City and State: KATY TX

Unit: HERON AMS 18

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: John Gray I think was from the Chigao area. The Ens I think was from Iowa somewhere west of Boone. I inlisted in Quincy Ill. Actually I was in the reserve. We could have a camera and I took a lot of pictures but dont remeber mush of where. I would like to hear from anyone that was on the Heron Lynn Mahannah

Keywords: I have pictures of Ens Gilliand -- Murphy--Farmist John Gray. I was 1st class Radarman



Entry: 17488
Subject: MINE FORCE PACIFIC

Ken Roberts wrote on June 21, 2001

Email Update Needed



City and State: OOLTEWAH TN

Unit: COMINDIV 35/COMINRON 3

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Arrived by train in Sasebo via train from NAS, Atsugi December 1953. Transferred from USS Thomas Jefferson T-APA 30 homeported in San Francisco. Was assigned to COMINDIV 35 as radioman. Served on numerous sweeps and T boats. RM's are Ackerman, Perez, Williams, Bordwell, DeMarco and others whose names I cannot recall. Officers are LCDR J.W. Forrestal, Lt. J. H. Miller, Ens. Rice, Lt. Morgan. Lt. Dick Schlirff, others. Served from 1953 to 1955. Returned to States for discharge. Reenlisted, came back to Sasebo for two more years. Would enjoy hearing from anyone in this phase of the post-Korean war.

Keywords: USS Firecrest, Heron, Warbler, Mockingbird, Osprey,LST's 735, 799, 802



Entry: 11056
Subject: CHANGE OF EMAIL ADDRESS

Wayne Schafer wrote on August 16, 2000


City and State: BALTIMORE MD

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments:

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Entry: 9944
Subject: USS HERON AMS-18

Stephen C. (Steve) Watson wrote on June 29, 2000

Email Update Needed



City and State: SEATTLE WA

Unit: USS HERON AMS-18

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Former shipmate Wayne Schafer told of this web site. I served on the Heron in Korea from mid 1952 until the Truce. LTJG and Deck Officer. If any other of my shipmates read this - please send me an email. We can discuss old times.

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Entry: 9723
Subject: USS HERON (AMS-18)

Wayne Schafer wrote on June 25, 2000


City and State: BALTIMORE MD

Unit: USS HERON (AMS-18) AND USS BAYONNE(PF-21)

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I served aboard USS HERON (AMS-18) from August, 1952 until August, 1953. I was Ltjg and served as engineering officer. The CO when I first arrived was Ltjg Jack Ross later replaced by Ltjg George Thompson. Another officer and good friend was Ensign Stephen Watson from Whitman College, Washington.
I have numerous photos of the ship and personnel(mostly unidentified now). Included are photos taken on 27 July, 1953 at the South Korean Naval Base at Chinhae. The HERON and the CURLEW (AMS-8) were in Chinhae that day on a previously scheduled courtesy visit to the Korean minesweeping squadron. The Korean officers that day were quite upset at the armistice agreement being agreed to that day in Pyonyang.

If you would be interested in having any of these photos I can scan and transmit them by e-mail.
Wayne A. Schafer

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Entry: 5133
Subject: SHIP'S HISTORY - KOREAN WAR SERVICE

Craig Rothhammer wrote on November 19, 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 HERON (AMS-18)


A long-necked, long-legged wading bird, indigenous to Louisiana and the vast coastal marshes.


(YMS-369: dp. 215; 1. 136'; b. 24"6"; s. 13 k.; a. 1 3'', 2 20mm.; cpl. 50)


“...was of invaluable assistance .....in the siege of Wonsan Harbor...”


The second Heron (YMS-369) was launched as YMS-369 24 July 1943 by Wheeler Shipbuilding Corp., Whitestone, N.Y.; sponsored by Miss Frances J. McCarthy, an employee of the firm; commissioned 9 October 1943, Lt. H. A. Wilson, Jr., in command.


YMS 369's World War II service consisted of mine sweeping operations around the home islands after the Japanese surrender. On 2 March 1946, she sailed for home after 4 months in Japanese waters and decommissioned. She was named Heron and reclassified AMS-18 17 February 1947.


After recommissioning 15 July 1949, Heron engaged in training exercises on the West Coast until 4 October 1950 when she sailed for Korea to support United Nations opposition to aggression.


She patrolled off the peninsula, and was of invaluable assistance for her clearing of channels for blockading ships in the siege of Wonsan Harbor, Korea, in March 1951. She maintained surveillance of North Korean sea traffic after the cease-fire until January 1954, when she retired to Sasebo, Japan, for training duties.


Reclassified MSC(O)-18 on 17 February 1955, Heron decommissioned again 21 March, and was turned over to the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force the same day to serve as Numajima. Heron was returned to Navy custody 31 March 1967, struck from the Navy List the same day, and used as a fire target by the Japanese Maritime Staff Office.


USS Heron earned one battle star for World War II service, and eight stars for her participation in the Korean conflict.


From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships

Keywords: MINESWEEPER, WONSAN, PEACE PATROL,







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