USS IMPECCABLE (AM-320)
Free from fault, blemish, or error.
(AM-320: dp. 890; l. 221'2"; b. 32', dr. 10'; s. 18 k.; cpl. 105; a. 1 3", 2 40mm., 2 dct., 5 dcp.; cl. Auk)
“She drove a sampan ashore off Hungnam .....and fought with Wonsan batteries...”
Impeccable (AM-320), ex BAM-7, was launched by General Engineering and Dry Dock Co., Alameda, Calif., 21 May 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Agnes W. Hanson; and commissioned 24 April 1944, Lt. Comdr. H. H. Smith in command.
Impeccable recommissioned 12 March 1952 to strengthen American Fleet units in Korea, and after shakedown sailed 3 September for Sasebo. She moved immediately to the Wonsan area to strengthen the naval siege and keep the harbor clear of mines. The ship also took part in the amphibious feint at Kojo 12 to 14 October, exchanging fire with shore batteries in the area.
During the months that followed Impeccable remained on the eastern coast, aiding the naval blockade and helping to maintain our position on the offshore islands. She drove a sampan ashore off Hungnam 17 November 1952, and fought with Wonsan batteries 20 February 1953 while covering a minesweeping operation.
Her tour in the stalemated Korean conflict ended, Impeccable arrived Pearl Harbor 31 March and her homeport, Long Beach, 10 April 1953. For the rest of the year the ship operated on training and readiness exercises off Mexico and the Canal Zone. Impeccable remained on minesweeping and fleet maneuvers through the first half of 1955.
Impeccable was reclassified MSF-320, 7 February 1955. She arrived Astoria, Oreg., 16 August 1955; decommissioned 14 October; and entered the Pacific Reserve Fleet at Bremerton, Wash., where she remains. [Transcriber's Note: Impeccable was stricken from the Navy List on 1 July 1972 and disposed of by Navy sale 1 April 1974]
USS Impeccable received three battle stars for World War II service and two for Korean service.
From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships