USS Magpie (AMS-25)


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Entry: 76653
Subject: PAT COBB

Lewis E. (Ed) Clanton wrote on November 8, 2010


City and State: LUMBER BRIDGE NC

Unit: USS MAGPIE (AMS-25)

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I received an E-Mail on Nov 7, 2010 from the Sister of PAT COBB who was a Good Friend and Shipmate in MAGPIE and when I tried to answed it came back as undeliverable and I had lost contact with the family many years ago so if she see's this, please call me at 910 904 1444 and if no answer, please call 714 379 6221. Ed Clanton

Keywords: USS MAGPIE (AMS-25)



Entry: 76651
Subject: PAT COBB

Lewis E. (Ed) Clanton wrote on November 8, 2010


City and State: LUMBER BRIDGE NC

Unit: USS MAGPIE (AMS-25)

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I recently received an E-Mail from the sister (Mary Cobb Fosberg) of a Good Friend and Shipmate (Pat Cobb) and whrn I replied, It came back as undeliverable. If she should see this, Please call me at 910 904 1444 and if no answer, call 714 376 6221. Ed Clanton

Keywords: USS MAGPIE (AMS=25 ), USS BUCK (DD=761), USS TOUCAN (AM-387)



Entry: 67078
Subject: ARTURO ALLAS - SURVIVOR OF USS MAGPIE

Rose Allas wrote on September 3, 2008


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father, Arturo Allas of Imperial Beach CA, passed 9-JUL-04. I am his only daughter among 4 siblings - three older brothers.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Antonina C. Allas and three sons, myself and five grandchildren. One grandson had made an entry in 2003 on this website - David Allas.

Please share with us any memories or accounts you had with my father, Arturo Allas. He was a quiet man and rarely talked of this event in his life. We were very shocked he had survived such a tremendous and traumatic ordeal!

Thank you!

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Entry: 63005
Subject: DEATH OF SURVIVOR ON MAGPIE

James Hall wrote on November 13, 2007

Email Update Needed



City and State: INDEP. MO

Unit: MAGPIE FOR TERRY

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: TERRY CARLOCK DIED OCT 07 IN TYLER TX. BURIED IN DALLAS NATIONAL CEMETERY. WITH WIFE OLIE. FROM SISTER IN INDEP. MO. JOANN HALL.....AND WANDA ROWAN.....

Keywords: Terry has a site on US MAGPIE but I don't know how to
access it for an update. He maintained it all the time. but no more......................for several
years.......



Entry: 59032
Subject: SURVIVOR OF USS MAGPIE AMS 25

Terry Carlock wrote on September 25, 2006


City and State: TYLER TX

Unit: MINE SWEEPING

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: USS Magpie AMS 25



Entry: 54481
Subject: INFORMATION SOUGHT ON ROBERT E. WAINWRIGHT

Robert Wainwright Boissy wrote on December 3, 2005


City and State: PLAINVILLE MA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My name is Robert Wainwright Boissy, namesake of Robert Ernest
Wainwright of the USS Magpie. I was born over 8 years after my
uncle died in the Korean conflict. I would very much like to hear
from anyone with thoughts to share about the the Magpie or her
crew. e-mail to rboissy@comcast.net. I wish I had better
information to share, but all I have is a few stories told to me by
my mother (Robert's sister) now deceased. She told me my uncle
and some of the crew was eating when the mine was struck. I
found out my uncle was on the Magpie by using this site, for
which I am profoundly grateful.

Keywords: USS Magpie AMS-25



Entry: 50944
Subject: ANYONE WHO KNEW MARCELLE SMITH

Marie Ask wrote on May 18, 2005


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Looking for anyone who knew Marcelle Smith, he was lost off Korea in Oct 1950. I am his niece.

Keywords: His ship hit a mine off Korea in Oct 1950



Entry: 47731
Subject: I NEVER GOT TO SAY HI

Tamra Kincer wrote on December 26, 2004


City and State: WESTERVILLE OH

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Friend of Veteran

Comments: I Never got to meet Him but im sher he was great

Keywords: I am his great Niece Herman's Grand Daughter



Entry: 45434
Subject: USS MAGPIE

Charles (Chuck) Cloud wrote on August 26, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State: RAMONA CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Friend of Veteran

Comments: My Great Uncle, George Grady Cloud, was on the Magpie when it sank. I have collected some information on this and would be glad to share the information I have. I would also like to have any information to add to my files. I am compiling information to be placed as a memorial in George's home town, in Dover, AR.

Keywords: Family member



Entry: 42025
Subject: USS MAGPIE

Charles (Chuck) Cloud wrote on March 31, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I am still waiting for the Navy to send me the info I requested. But I did receive a picture of the Magpie and other info from Mr. Lewis Clanton. Survivors testamony states there were two explosions. One when the ship hit the mine. The other was an explosion of the amunition on board.

Keywords: Uss Magpie



Entry: 40575
Subject: USSBUCK DD420

Peggy Shaffer wrote on February 5, 2004


City and State: CONSHOHOCKEN PA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: My Uncle William (Billy) Eliff, from Bridgeport Pennsylvania was on the USS BUCK DD420 when it was hit and sunk on Octber 9, 1943. He was listed as MIA and left his for sisters and father greiving. Can anyone give me any iformation about that day on that ship or is there anyone out there that is currently alive that survived?
I would appreciate any information on this.

Keywords: USSBUCK DD420 1943



Entry: 40574
Subject: USSBUCK DD420

Peggy Shaffer wrote on February 5, 2004


City and State: CONSHOHOCKEN PA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: My Uncle William (Billy) Eliff, from Bridgeport Pennsylvania was on the USS BUCK DD420 when it was hit and sunk on Octber 9, 1943. He was listed as MIA and left his for sisters and father greiving. Can anyone give me any iformation about that day on that ship or is there anyone out there that is currently alive that survived?
I would appreciate any information on this.

Keywords: USSBUCK DD420 1943



Entry: 40222
Subject: GEORGE GRADY CLOUD

Charles (Chuck) Cloud wrote on January 24, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Friend of Veteran

Comments: I have found a little more information on George Cloud. He had two brothers that died at a very young age, Winston and Barnard. His father was killed in a construction accident in Moss Point MS in the 1920s. Nothing known of his mother, Arlie Barnard.

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Entry: 40134
Subject: USS MAGPIE

Charles (Chuck) Cloud wrote on January 21, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State: RAMONA CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My Great Uncle, Grady Cloud was on the Magpie when it went down. He was MIA. I would appreciate any information on the ship and crew. Especially any one living that knew him.

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Entry: 39889
Subject: LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ABOUT MY FATHER

William Norris JR. wrote on January 10, 2004


City and State: CENTENNIAL CO

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: My Father's name Was William F Norris he just recently passed away and I don't have much information about his service.He was from texas and Golden Gloves boxer before the war.He was in charge of the gyro compus on his ship.

Keywords:



Entry: 39430
Subject:

David Allas wrote on December 25, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State: ALTA LOMA CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: He is my grandfather and lives in Imperial Beach, Ca. Please contact me.

Keywords: Arturo Allas found



Entry: 39429
Subject: SURVIVOR ADDED

David Allas wrote on December 25, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State: ALTA LOMA CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: my grandfather was aboard the USS Magpie and he was telling us the story of it and we looked it up online. His name is Arturo Allas and he currrently lives in Imperial Beach, Ca. He was on the Mine Sweeper when it hit the mine and survived. Please email or contact me somehow if you remember him

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Entry: 38374
Subject: ELECTRICAN MATE ON MERGANSER AMS 26

Michael Goshen wrote on November 14, 2003


City and State: NORTH LITTLE ROCK AR

Unit: USS MERGANSER AMS 26

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANY OF YOUAL OLD GUYS
LOOKING FOR ANY OLD MERGANSER CREW.
HAVE A GREAT DAY
MJ

Keywords: SISTER SHIP SHIPMATE



Entry: 35328
Subject: FOUND ANOTHER MAGPIE SURVIVOR

Terry Carlock wrote on July 7, 2003


City and State: LAS VEGAS NV

Unit: USS MAGPIE AMS25

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: In our search for our ship mates that survived the sinking of the USS MAGPIE we have found another one. Thomas Dan Dobbs is now in communication with us.The others we know of are Howard Kastens, Alex Bennett. We are looking for Leo Espinoza SN, Henry Blassingame CSSA, Vail Carpenter BMC, William E. Harrison GM3 and Howard W. Saunders QM3. Counting myself and the three we know of and the five we are looking for and three we think have passed away that makes up the twelve survivors of the Magpie sinking. If any of you that we are looking for read this, please contact me. We will have a reunion if we can get together.

Keywords: USS MAGPIE AMS 25



Entry: 33038
Subject: EUGENE P. KROUSKOUPF

Terry Krouskoupf wrote on March 24, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State: MATTESON IL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I am the nephew of Eugene P. Krouskoupf who was on the USS Magpie when it went down. My middle name is Eugene, in honor of my uncle. My sister Tamra Kincer also whas written. I was hoping get a picture of the Magpie. My father would love to have one. I'm also retired navy, 20 years. My uncle was one of the reasons I went into the navy. Thanks.

Keywords: USS Magpie



Entry: 32959
Subject: MAGPIE SURVIVORS SEARCH IS WORKING

Terry Carlock wrote on March 20, 2003


City and State: LAS VEGAS NV

Unit: USS MAGPIE

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: As a result of entering comments on this web site we have made contact with three survivors of the Magpie, one ex crew member and family members of two of the casulties of the crew of the Magpie that sank off Chosan po on October 1, 1950. We are hopeful that other survivors, family members or friends of any of the crew will contact us through this web site.

Keywords: USS Magpie AMS 25



Entry: 32929
Subject:

Tamra Kincer wrote on March 19, 2003


City and State: WESTERVILLE OH

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments:

Keywords:



Entry: 32928
Subject: LOOKING FOR INFO.

Tamra Kincer wrote on March 19, 2003


City and State: WESTERVILLE OH

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Friend of Veteran

Comments: I am the niece of one of the crew members of the Magpie that did not return. I have been in contact with Terry Carlock but would appreciate any additional info that anyone has about my fathers brother, Seaman Eugene P. Krouskoupf.

Keywords: Niece looking for info.

family




Entry: 32762
Subject: FOUND ANOTHER MAGPIE SURVIVOR

Terry Carlock wrote on March 13, 2003


City and State: LAS VEGAS NV

Unit: SURVIROR USS MAGPIE AMS 25

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Several of us have been searching for the survivors of the USS Magpie that hit a mine and sank off Chosun Poe South Korea on October 1, 1950. Through the miracle of the internet we have located three of the 12 survivors. I made contact with one of them this week, 3/12/2003 so we are making progress. It is exciting to talk to ship mates after 53 years. We know details of three more , so there are six yet to be found. If any of you see this please email me at Terryolie@lvcm.com


olie@lvcm.com

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Entry: 31489
Subject: USS BUCK (DD-761)

Lewis E. (Ed) Clanton wrote on January 25, 2003


City and State: LUMBER BRIDGE NC

Unit: USS BUCK

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Hi Ted, I wish to ammend my statement about being aboard the Buck in Inchon when the Korean War started. We left Inchon to go to San Francisco for a yard overhaul and were there when the war erupted. Lewis E. Clanton

Keywords: Lewis E. Clanton, USSBuck (DD-761)



Entry: 31459
Subject: MAGPIE SURVIVORS

Terry Carlock wrote on January 22, 2003


City and State: LAS VEGAS NV

Unit: NAVY, U.S.S. MAGPIE AMS 25

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I was one of the 12 survivors of the sinking of the Magpie in Korea and I would like to find and communicate with any of the other guys that were on the survivor list or any one that served on the Magpie while she was in Guam around 1949.

Keywords: U.S.S. Magpie Ams 25



Entry: 22802
Subject: KWAJALEIN ATOMIC BOMBING

George Riley wrote on January 31, 2002

Deceased

City and State:

Unit: AMS25

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Am now attempting to be compensated for merve damage suffered at this late date. Having gone swimming on the beach at Kwajalein in 1949, I believe.

Keywords: Does anyone have informastion on the 3rd atomic bomb that was exploded in Kwajulein in 1949? (or somewhere close to there) Would greatly appreciate it.



Entry: 21965
Subject: USS MAGPIE

Howard Kastens wrote on January 2, 2002

Email Update Needed



City and State: ANTHONYKS KS

Unit: USS MAGPIE

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: i just talked to James Benefield at mobile alabamahe was on the merganser ams26 on sweping operations whin the magpie struck the mine he said he saw it all he was one of the men that pulled me up out of the water 50 years ago his phone #251 661 2617

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Entry: 18355
Subject: MAGPIE SURVIVOR

Howard Kastens wrote on July 30, 2001

Email Update Needed



City and State: ANTHONY KS

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: i remember one suvivor name leo espinoza i would like to talk to him

Keywords: uss magpie ams 25



Entry: 18275
Subject: LLOYD E. HUGHES

WIlliam Hughes wrote on July 27, 2001

Email Update Needed



City and State: OTTAWA KS

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I am thew nephew of Lloyd E. Hughes, who went down with the USS Magpie. Would be iterested in talking to anyone that Knew my Uncle.

Keywords: Lloyd Edgar Hughes-USS Magpie



Entry: 16872
Subject: ROY ANDERSON DAVIS, MAGPIE

Hailey Weber wrote on May 28, 2001


City and State: NASHVILLE TN

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Please help us. We are looking for any information, pictures, etc. about Roy Anderson Davis. If you know anything please contact us.

Keywords: Roy Anderson Davis, Magpie



Entry: 14588
Subject: MY SON FOUND THIS SITE FOR ME IT LIKE A CHRISTMAS PRESENT I AM HOWARD KASTENS ONE OF THE 12 SUVIORS

Howard Kastens wrote on January 26, 2001

Email Update Needed



City and State: ANTHONY KS

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: im completely lost i dont have any names of the suvivors i do have names of thlost men i gust foundthis site and your add. i will comunicate with you if you would like.

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Entry: 12473
Subject: EARLIER HISTORY OF YMS400 (MAGPIE)

C. Fletcher Bishop JR. wrote on October 22, 2000

Email Update Needed



City and State: HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: I served on YMS 400 in 1945 and 1946. It did sweeping duty in the Gulf of Paria, Trinidad along with YMS 312 and YMS 56 as well as excursions to Venezula and Aruba. After VE day we swept both ends of the Gulf for our own moored mines, thus clearing the Gulf. Upon completion of that task, disposal of 3 inch shells and depth charges resulted in injury to the ship and we dry docked for a month.

We then (September) left Trinidad for the Panama Canal but did not sweep there for six months. We sailed directly up the west coast of Central America arriving in Newport Beach, CA for refitting at a private ship yard which could handle wooden-bottomed ships. We spent considerable time in Newport Beach before convoying to Pearl Harbor in the late fall of 1945. After adjustment to our magnetic gear we left for Guam and were immediately sent on to Leyte Gulf in the Phillipines. During the spring of 1946 we made several sweeping trips, one extended one to Ragay Gulf on Luzon and others along the western coasts of several other islands.

When the bottom of the ocean opened up near Alsaka, a tidal wave forced us from port in Tacloban to the open sea. Already a top heavy ship, we had a harrowing experience riding out the swells.

Soon after this I left the ship in early June 1946 and know nothing of it's subsequent duty.

Keywords: Splinter Fleet



Entry: 5095
Subject: SHIP'S HISTORY - KOREAN WAR SERVICE

Craig Rothhammer wrote on November 18, 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 MAGPIE (AMS-25)


dp. 300 (f.); l. 136'; b. 24'6" ; dr. 8' -, a. 14 k.; cpl. 33; a. 1 3", 2 20mm., 4 dct., 2 dcp.; cl. YMS-1


“Magpie struck a floating mine...and sank. Twenty-one of her crew including the commanding officer, Lt. (jg.) Warren R. Person were never found.”


The second Magpie (YMS-400) was laid down as YMS-100 by Henry B. Nevins, Inc., City Island, New York, N.Y., 3 July 1942; launched 24 March 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Marie Norby; and commissioned 15 May 1943, Lt. Alan G. Lynn, USNR, in command.


The new auxiliary motor minesweeper departed Staten Island for Norfolk, Va., I June, via the Chesapeake Bay; served briefly at Yorktown, Va. and escorted three merchant ships from Norfolk to Miami, Fla., arriving 27 June. She continued on to Key West, Fla., arriving the 30th.


YMS-400 reported to the Caribbean Sea frontier 2 July and the next day escorted a convoy to Cuba, arriving Guantanamo Bay the 6th. She spent the next 2 years on escort and patrol duties in the Caribbean out of Curacao, Puerto Rico, and Trinidad.


Following the Japanese surrender, the auxiliary motor minesweeper arrived at the Panama Canal Zone 10 September 1945 for 6 months of minesweeping. YMS-400 was named Magpie and reclassified AMS-25 on 17 February 1947. For the next 3 years, based at Guam, she continued sweeping duties interspersed with practice exercises in the Marshall, Caroline, and Palau Islands.


Magpie was operating out of Apra Harbor, when at 0411 on 25 June 1950 the Communist Army struck across the 38th parallel to attack South Korea. Two days later President Harry S. Truman ordered American naval and air support of the Republic of Korea and that afternoon the Security Council called on all members of the United Nations to assist in repelling the North Korean attack.


With hostilities in full fire, Magpie began minesweeping duty off Korea in September. On 1 October, while operating off the east coast of Korea with sister ship Merganser (AMS-26), Magpie struck a floating mine 2 miles off Chuksan, and sank.


Twenty-one of her crew including the commanding officer, Lt. (jg.) Warren R. Person were never found.


Merganser picked up the 12 survivors and transported them to Pusan. Magpie was struck from the Navy list 20 October 1950.


USS Magpie received one battle star for Korean service.



From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships

Keywords: MINESWEEPER, USS MERGANSER (AMS-26), CHUKSAN,



Entry: 3845
Subject: CREW MEMBER

Lewis E. (Ed) Clanton wrote on November 1, 1999


City and State: LUMBER BRIDGE NC

Unit: USS MAGPIE

Service or Relationship: Navy

Comments: I am looking for shipmates on USS Magpie(AMS-25),
USS Toucan (AM-387) and USS Buck (DD-761).

Hi Ted, Yes the Toucan (AM-387) was was very much
in Korea. I first went to Korea in USS Buck
(DD-761) then transferred to Toucan in March 52
and we were among the last to leave.

After the Armistise we were assigned along with 3
other minesweepers and a DE to patrol around Koji
Do to prevent the Chinese or Russians from coming
over and forceably taking the thousands of
North Korean and Chinese POW's home against their
will. We patrolled 63 days without a relief.

When relieved we headed for Long Beach, Calif. and
arrived in late November 1953. The Toucan has a
very good war record for the number of mines
swept, Railroad bridges destroyed, and number of
Refugees/Pow's taken. Ed.


I enlisted in Oct 1947 after serving 3 1/2 years
in Merchant Marine during WWII. I was on a 3 year
enlistment and when the Korean War started I was
in USS BUCK in Inchon Harbor. I was involuntary
extended and I beat the system. I reenlisted for 6
and stayed for 25. I am what is known in the Navy
as a Mustang. That is an enlisted man that came up
thru the ranks. I retired in 1973 as a LT. (O-3)
after doing a couple of tours in Viet Nam.


Keywords: Shipmates







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