USS Instill (AM-252)


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Entry: 83695
Subject: RECOMMISSIONED AM-252 MARCH 1951

Doonan Dwight McGraw wrote on July 19, 2012


City and State: NAPLES FL

Unit: SERVED ON AMS-337, AM-252, AM 101

Service or Relationship: Marine Veteran

Comments: After 3 yrs active duty 1943-46, in Reserve, Recalled
Jan 11, 1951, Involved in reactivation of USS
Instill, then on January 11, 1952 transferred to San
Diego, reactivated USS Herald, AM 101. Brought it
back to Charleston, operated it on Atlantic coast
from Charleston, S.C., to New York. Was released
from Active duty Jan 11, 1953. Stayed in Reserves,
retiring as Captain, in 1977. Had numerous commands
in Reserve, including all units at the Detroit Naval
Armory, had excellent Reserve cruises, one of the few
Reserve officers NOT on active duty who qualified for
command of DD or DE vessels. Was on destroyers
several times. Best friend was C.O. of USS Hobson,
but he was transferred in fall, just before the
Hobson was hit by an aircraft carrier at night
(Hobson's radio was sporadic, and the people in
command knew to NOT change courses until Hobson
responded. Did so anyway, Hobson saw the manouver
beginning, tried to get to station but did not make
it. Dark night--Sank in about two minutes, lost 7 of
the 14 officers, and I think about 170 enlisted!!! Of
course, blamed the new CO of Hobson, and he was one
of those who died. I personally knew many of them.
Went to Geo. Wash Univ Law school nights "53 to '56
while working for GM. Became a Patent Lawyer with GM,
retired 1988, moved to Naples Fl. Wife, Phyllis and
I love it here--she was born and grew up in Miami,
and never saw snow on the ground until the winter
after we were married in 1946! Still do a little
patent work---Inventors are very interesting people
to work with!

Keywords: Served on Active Duty on YMS 337 (had to sweep our
own mines out of Inland Sea of Japan, late '45 to Mar
46. "Cruised" by Hiroshima every day we were
sweeping! Also was at Nagasaki shortly when goton
the '337 in Sasebo, just a short way from Nagasaki.We
left Japan for U.S.A. in early March, island hopped,
finally got to San Francisco--and heard gunfire in
Alcatraz! They were rioting--had to stay well away
from it. Decommissioned the YMS 337 in Bremerton, WA.
and then released from active duty on June 11,
married a wonderful sweetheart (Phyllis Arnold), and
we just celebrated our 66th anniversary last June
(2012). Have two sons (both were in the Navy) one
daughter. Now a traveling nurse. One son lives in
Columbus, OH, one in Livermore CA, and Daughter near
there for a time, at least.



Entry: 82155
Subject: FELLOW SHIPMATES

Linda Baker wrote on February 17, 2012


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: Hello,
My dad, Kenneth Ray Faulkner, JR. served on the Instill
AM 252. He passed away 2007. I would love to hear
stories from other shipmates about what it was like to
serve on the ship and in the Navy.
Kind Regards,
Linda

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Entry: 43238
Subject: NEED INFORMATION

Thomas Blue wrote on May 24, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State: PANAMA CITY FL

Unit: ANT PANAMA CITY

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: To Whom it May Concern'

I was just wondering if you could point in the right direction of some useful websites to conduct research on the USS Peril. My grandfather was on the ship and it is hard to find any information. Anything you can do would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You'

Thomas M. Blue

Keywords: My Grandfather was on the USS Peril AM 272 during WW II.
Loyce Val McDonald



Entry: 35554
Subject: RE: USS INSTILL SHIPMATES

John Camuglia wrote on July 16, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State: ALBUQUERQUE NM

Unit: USS INSTILL AM 252

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: 1951-1952 approx. 14 months. Commanding Officer was Ben Palmer Executive Officer was Mr. Benham. Commisary Officer was Mr. Ellis. My other cooks were Peter Montelone, a guy named Hagler. I was one of the ship's cook. Anyone that served during this time frame please contact at the listed e-mail or call. Thank you John Camuglia

Keywords: Ship's cook.



Entry: 34146
Subject: LOOKING FOR USS INSTILL SHIPMATES

Al (Billy) Newell wrote on May 13, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State: PASCAGOULA MS

Unit: USS INSTILL AM 252

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Looking to connect with shipmates aboard the USS Instill AM 252.

Keywords: Joe Alletto



Entry: 29926
Subject: INTERESTED IN REUNIONS

Joseph Alletto wrote on November 26, 2002


City and State: LONG ISLAND NY

Unit: SERVED 1951 - 1953

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I'm interesred in meeting old friends I served with on the USS Instill - AM 252

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Entry: 18737
Subject: MINESWEEPER DECK LOGS

Bill Schaaf wrote on August 16, 2001


City and State: MARIETTA GA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Enjoyed your web-site. My father served as commanding officer of three minesweepers during the war, YMS-29 – North Africa – 1942-43, AM-272 (Peril) – Argentia Newfoundland –1944-45, and AM-269 (Opponent) 2/45 – 10/45 Pacific.

You may already be aware of this but the ACTUAL – ORIGINAL Deck Logs of these and other vessels like these are alive and well and being maintained by the National Archives II, College Park, MD. I just returned recently from viewing these logs at their gorgeous facility. Quite a thrill to be actually holding and photocoping and taking photos of these documents which detail the hourly-daily activity of these vessels during the war. I highly recommend making thetrip.

Bill Schaaf billschaaf@aol.com 770-980-0454

Keywords: YMS-29, AM-272 (Peril), AM-269 (Opponent)



Entry: 5512
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:


Although commissioned for the Korean War, this ship did not serve in the war zone during the hostilities.


USS INSTILL (AM-252)


To impart gradually.


(AM-252: dp. 530; 1. 184'6''; b. 33'; dr. 9'9"; s. 15 k.; cpl. 104; a. 1 3", 2 40mm., 6 20 mm., 2 dct., 3 dcp.; cl. Admirable)


“...minesweeping operations and patrol duty along the East Coast...”


Instill (AM-252) was launched 5 March 1944 by the Savannah Machine and Foundry Co., Savannah, Gal; sponsored by Mrs. Lydia G. Mehoffey; and commissioned 22 May 1944, Lt. Charles A. Hardy, USNR, in command.


When Communist aggression in South Korea required strengthening of American seapower, Instill recommissioned 16 March 1951 and began an intensive period of training and patrol duty between Charleston- and Norfolk. She continued her important minesweeping operations and patrol duty along the East Coast until she returned to Orange, Tex., 3 January 1954. Instill decommissioned there 1 March and once again joined the Reserve Fleet. Reclassified MSF-252, 7 February 1955, she remained in the Texas Group, Atlantic Reserve Fleet until struck from the Navy List 1 May 1962, and sold in October 1966 [correction: 2 October 1962] to Mexico, serving at present as DM-10.


From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships

Keywords: MINESWEEPER, ADMIRABLE CLASS, ATLANTIC FLEET







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