USS Kite (AMS-22)


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Entry: 89104
Subject: SILVER STAR MEDAL

Thomas E. (T.E.) Moore wrote on June 5, 2014


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Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: BM-1 Oliver W. McCubbin, USN, was awarded the SILVER STAR MEDAL.

Keywords: USS KITE-AMS-22 9, NOV. 1951 Korean War



Entry: 79155
Subject: DEATH OF GERALD WARREN GOOLEY AMS KITE

Elmer Bataitis wrote on June 1, 2011


City and State: ROCHESTER NY

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Service or Relationship: Friend of Veteran

Comments: I am sad to report that Gerry Gooley (AMS Kite) died April 18, 2011. Gerry was a fantastic guy and I knew him for almost 20 years after he retired from Kodak as a production engineer. I am hoping to have others who knew him post what they know of his war service. I am working on getting his war relics and records donated to a local history museum. Any help greatly appreciated.

Keywords: wonsan, ams 22, ams kite, mines, minesweeping,  



Entry: 58419
Subject: LOOKIN FOR INFO ON FATHER

Andrea Casey wrote on August 9, 2006


City and State: PENSACOLA FL

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Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Ralph L. Johnson YN ,is my fathers name. he was on one of the minesweepers, or rather a mothership to a fleet of minesweepers. I just don't know which one. If anyone recognizes the name or knows how i can find out about his service in the Korean war, or which ship he was on,please respond.

Keywords: ships



Entry: 54215
Subject: USS KITE AMS22

Donald White SR. wrote on November 21, 2005

Email Update Needed



City and State: KENNEWICK WA

Unit: COM MINRON5

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Served on the USS KITE AMS22 (1950-51)Would like the hear from any shipmates.

Keywords: Ships



Entry: 50282
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Anthony Nichols wrote on April 19, 2005


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Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments:

Keywords: Was on the Kite between 47 - 51. Would like to talk to anyone who is still around. Please write back. James Sands



Entry: 46109
Subject: USS KITE DATA LOG

Mike Landers wrote on October 1, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State: WOODSTOCK GA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Friend of Veteran

Comments: Landers' (twin) brothers on the Kite (1943-44 time frame). Looking for information on my dad and his twin brother. If you have information the data logs during this time period, please let me know where I might obtain them. Need to know when they boarded the ship for duty and departed it as well. Thanks!

Keywords: Dan and Van Landers - 1943-44 time frame, USS Kite 22 / YMS -374.



Entry: 23481
Subject: DUTY ON KITE

Jean Clark wrote on February 25, 2002

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Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: was aboard pusan - inchon- wonson -

Keywords: kite



Entry: 5515
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 KITE (AMS-22)


dp. 270; l. 136'; b. 25'; dr. 8'; s. 15 k.; cpl. 32; a. 13", 2 20mm.; 3 dep., 2 dct.


“Kite sailed 13 July 1950 for Pusan to aid in the effort to contain the Communist drive.”


YMS-374 was launched 17 February 1944 by Weaver Shipyards, Orange, Tex.; and commissioned 31 May 1944, Lt. (j.g.) Robert A. Harris in command.


After shakedown out of Little Creek, Va., and minesweeping operations in Massachusetts Bay, YMS-374 cleared Boston 30 September and steamed toward the Pacific war zone. The minesweeper arrived Pearl Harbor 18 November and following formation sweeping maneuvers, sailed 22 January 1945 escorting LST Flotilla 21 to Saipan.
As the struggle on the "road to Japan" was intensified, the minesweeper prepared for conquest of Iwo Jima. Arriving off the volcanic island 17 February, she cleared lanes for landings scheduled 2 days later. Following the invasion YMS-374 made antisubmarine patrols, escorted support ships, and laid smoke screens before retiring to the Philippines and arriving Leyte 8 March.


The minesweeper steamed into Saipan 28 March and for nearly 5 months she operated in the Marianas on ASW patrols, convoy escort, submarine training exercises, and plane guard duty for crews of downed B-29 bombers. After the fighting stopped YMS-374 sailed for Kakyoto Island on the southwestern coast of Korea to clear approaches to Jinsen for the landing of occupation troops. She swept Korean waters until she sailed 7 September for minesweeping operations in the Nagasaki - Sasebo area.
YMS-374 departed Japan 29 December and arrived on the West Coast in January 1946.


After a year of operations out of California she was reclassified AMS-22 on 18 February 1947 and assigned the name Kite. She decommissioned that same day and was placed in the Pacific Reserve Fleet.


Kite recommissioned 9 May 1949, Lt. (j.g.) Nicholas Grkovic in command. After repairs in San Diego and Long Beach, she sailed for Pearl Harbor 25 July and cleared Hawaii 26 September for operations in the Western Pacific out of Japan. Soon after Communist aggressors invaded South Korea, Kite sailed 13 July 1950 for Pusan to aid in the effort to contain the Communist drive. Operating in the Pusan area through most of the summer, Kite sailed 12 September to clear waters approaching Inchon. The American amphibious assault which followed there was among the most successful operations of the war and began a great Allied land offensive.


During October, as the drive into North Korea gathered momentum, the minesweeper arrived Wonsan to open the mined harbor to Allied supply ships and then retired to Yokosuka for repairs.


Kite returned to the conflict zone 5 January 1951, and for the rest of the conflict she continued mine clearing operations along the Korean coast. Her services allowed Allied supply and fire support ships to complete their missions through heavily mined waters. After the Korean truce 27 June 1953, Kite remained in the Far East continuing minesweeping operations out of Korea and Japan.


Kite was reclassified MSC(O)-22 on 7 February 1955. She was transferred to the South Korean Navy 6 January 1956 and renamed Kim Po (MSC(O)-520).


USS Kite received 2 battle stars for World War II service and 10 stars for Korean service.


From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships

Keywords: MINESWEEPER, RESERVE FLEET, YOKOSUKA, PUSAN, INCHON, WONSAN, PEACE PATROL,







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