USS Incredible (AM-249)


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Entry: 90826
Subject: JAMES GALLAGHER

James Gallagher SR. wrote on March 20, 2015


City and State: FAIRBORN OH

Unit: RADARMEN ON AM249

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I was a Plank Owner of the Incredible. Served onboard from April 44 till she returned
from the Pacific to San Pedro. Was sent to Bainbridge Md. for discharge. Lasted one year
in civilian life and reenlisted. Sent to ET school in Great Lakes then off to the carrier
Philippine Sea CV47. Served onboard her during Korean War till just before Christmas 45. Transferred to LST-1071 and served onboard her till May 1952. I just got married so I took a discharge.
Went to Alaska to work for a couple years{ON DEW-LINE} then traveled across the
U.S. for the Air Force a couple of times and ended up in Ohio, where I Stayed. I meet a Seaman named Barker on the PhilSea, he was now a Store Keeper{Barber}. He if you remember was a heck of a musician, could play any string instrument. Does anyone
remember that little disagreement we had with the German's along the southern coast of France. I was stationed in a little dark room on the Bridge, really seen nothing but
the first shot, not even sure where it was at.

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Entry: 88725
Subject: LOOKING FOR ANYONE WHO KNEW MY DAD

Daniel Turner wrote on April 13, 2014


City and State:

Unit: USS INCREDIBLE

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: My Dad James Bubber Turner recently passed away. He served as an electrician on USS Incredible during WWII & Korea. Wondering if anyone out there knew him. He was from Mississippi. I'm feeling down and felt if anyone could tell me about him I would grateful.
Thanks, Danny Turner

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Entry: 88480
Subject: USS INCREDIBLE AM249

William Bartlett SR. wrote on March 6, 2014


City and State: ORONO ME

Unit: MIN RON 11 DIV 32

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I WAS, AS A JUNIOR ENSIGN, ASSIGNED TO PRECOMMISSING DETAIL, HENCE A PLANK OWNER OF USS INCREDIBLE, AS FIRST LIEUTENANT, DAMAGE CONTROL OFFICER, AND MINESWEEPING OFFICER I SERVED ON THE SHIP FROM ITS' COMMISSIONING 17
APRIL, 1944 'TIL I WAS DISGHARGED MAY 1946, AT WHICH TIME I WAS EXECUTIVE OFFICER.
I MAINTAINED CONTACT THRU THE YEARS WITH SKIPPER BOB EKLAND, EXEC LOU BAKER, AND GUNNERY OFFICER BILL KILLIAN. BOTH EKLAND AND KILLIAN HAVE RECENTLY DIED, PBUT HAD PHONE CONTACT WITH BAKER THIS JANUARY ON THE OCCASION OF OUR BIRTHDAYS, HIS 99 AND MINE 91.
WONDER IF ANY OF CREW STILL ALIVE-- IF SO, PLEASE CONTACT.

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Entry: 69062
Subject: FIREMAN ABOARD THE INCREDIBLE 1951-1954

Charles Soechting JR. wrote on February 10, 2009

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City and State: DALLAS TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Friend of Veteran

Comments: Hello All, I represent the family of a gentleman that served aboard the Incredible as a fireman from 1951 until 1954. My client unfortunately died from mesothelioma, an asbestos-caused cancer. In my representation of his family, I am looking for anyone that sailed with or knew my client. If you were on the ship during this time and wouldn't mind speaking with me, please reply to this posting. On behalf of my client's widow and children, I thank you for your assistance and cooperation in advance.

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Entry: 66607
Subject: USS INCREDIBLE ROSTER

Phyllis Howard wrote on July 22, 2008


City and State: SAUTEE GA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Looking for information on the ship and it's crew. My father served on the Incredible. Trying to put together some information for my brothers. I should have done this when dad was alive, but he didn't talk much about all that. Thanks in advance for any help.

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Entry: 5511
Subject: SHIP'S HISTORY - KOREAN WAR SERVICE

Craig Rothhammer wrote on December 8, 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 INCREDIBLE (AM-249)


Extraordinary and improbable; hard to believe.


(AM-249; dp. 530; l. 184'6"; b. 33'; dr. 9'9"; s. 15 k.; cpl. 104; a. 1 3", 4 40mm., 6 20mm., 2 .50 cal.) 2 dct., 3 dep., cl. Admirable)


“...she rescued 27 survivors from Pirate which had struck a mine...”


Incredible (AM-249) was launched 21 November 1 by Savannah Machine and Foundry Co., Savannah, Ga.; sponsored by Mrs. Herbert Hezlep; and commissioned 17 April 1944, Lt. R. N. Ekland, USNR, in command.


After shakedown along the East Coast and in the Caribbean, Incredible departed Norfolk 24 July, escorting a convoy to North Africa for the invasion of southern France, the Allies landing 15 August. She carried out her sweeping duties very effectively, sometimes without destroyer cover. On 10 September Incredible and her group gallantly repelled an attack of 12 human torpedoes, 2 of which she destroyed. She continued her minesweeping duties off southern France until 18 January 1945 when she sailed for a special mission to Russia and the Black Sea. Incredible performed sweeping duties out of Sevastopol, Russia, then served as air-sea rescue patrol ship in the Black Sea until resuming to Palermo, Sicily, 20 February.


Incredible returned to Norfolk 5 May; and, after overhaul, departed 23 July for duty in the Pacific. She arrived Pearl Harbor 8 days after the fighting stopped via the Canal Zone and San Diego. The minesweeper sailed from Pearl Harbor 31 August for Operation "Skagway", clearing the minefields in the East China Sea-Ryukyus area. This important duty lasted until 17 February 1946 when she returned to San Pedro, Calif. She remained there until she decommissioned at Puget Sound 6 November, joining the Reserve Fleet. From 28 November 1947 to 28 September 1949 Incredible was "In Service, out of commission", based at Yokosuka, Japan.


In June 1950 when the Communists again tested the will of the free world by attacking South Korea, President Truman readily accepted the challenge and immediately ordered American forces into the area to drive the enemy back and establish peace in Korea. Incredible recommissioned 14 August 1950 at Yokosuka and departed 18 September for minesweeping and patrol duties in the Pusan area.


While on patrol in mine-infested waters, on 12 October she rescued 27 survivors from Pirate which had struck a mine. Delivering her passengers to safety, she continued her operations in the battle zone, sweeping harbors and serving on patrol and escort duty. Returning to Yokosuka, Incredible sailed for Long Beach, arriving 4 August 1951.


The minesweeper operated along the West Coast and out of Pearl Harbor until 6 August 1953 when she sailed for the Far East. For the remainder of the year she operated out of Japan and on patrol along the coast of Korea. Incredible returned to Long Beach 11 March 1954 and decommissioned there 21 September, again joining the Reserve Fleet.


Reclassified MSF-249, 7 February 1955, Incredible remained in the Long Beach Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet until she was struck from the Navy List 1 December 1959. She was sold 8 August 1960 to National Metal and Steel Corp.


USS Incredible received two battle stars for World War II service and four for Korean service.


From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships

Keywords: MINESWEEPER, RESERVE FLEET, YOKOSUKA, PUSAN, USS PIRATE (AMS-275), PEACE PATROL







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