USS Mainstay (AM-261)


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Entry: 73112
Subject: LOOKING FOR OLD SHIPMATES

Don Russell wrote on January 13, 2010


City and State: FRIENDSWOOD TX

Unit: USS MAINSTAY AM 261

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I would like to contact anyone who served on the Mainstay from June 1951 - January 1953. I was a radioman aboard during that time.

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Entry: 71086
Subject: MAINSTAY (AM-261)

Rex Shrum wrote on July 31, 2009


City and State: COWETA OK

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My dad served on the Mainstay from about 4 Jun. 51 to 25 Mar. 52 perhaps longer not sure. I saw the information given by Craig Rothhammer and wondered if he is alive if he remembered my father. Listed below are a few of the events that took place while he served on the Mainstay 1951 -
4 june - 3 July Enroute to and clearance sweep of outer harbor of Wonsan and Vicinity.
3 July - 12 July Enroute to and patrol duty at Inchon.
24 july - 28 July Check sweep of channel to Mokpo.
30 July - 31 Aug: Enroute to and minesweeping at Wonsan. During this period ship was fired upon by enemy shore batteries with numerous near misses.
15 Sept. - 20 Oct. Enroute to and minsweeping at Wonsan and Hungnam. During this period ships in sweep formation were fired upon several times by enemy shore batteries.
1 Dec. 18 Dec. Sweeping at Wonsan, Hungnam and Songjin. Ship was fired on by enemy shore batteries at Hungnam.
1952 -
3 Jan. - 28 Jan. Minesweeping at Haeju and Chinnampo. The ship was fired on by enemy shore batteries at Chinnampo with numerous near misses.
13 Feb. 11 Mar. Minesweeping at Haeju and Chinnampo.
25 Mar. Mar. Minesweeping operations between Hangnam and Songjin.
For duty aboard this vessel he was authorized to wear the Kerean Service Medal with one (1) star.
Infromation as per Glen L. Shrum service Record.
My father was discharged Aug. 1958 Long Beach, CA.
Passed from this life in Lawton, OK. Mar. 1994 at age 77.
I want to thank all of you who served so bravely our Nation. My God Bless.

Keywords: U.S.S. SWallow (AMS-36)
U.S.S. Redhead (AMS-34)
U.S.S. Mainstay (AM-261)



Entry: 69548
Subject: ENGINEMAN 1/C ABOARD MAINSTAY

Mike Beegle wrote on March 19, 2009

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City and State: BREMERTON WA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: My Dad served aboard Mainstay during the Korean War, not sure of the
exact time frame. He was an END1 and his name was Bill Beegle. During
WWII he was a SeaBee MM1. He was recalled from the reserves for Korea.
He passed away in St. Petersburg, FL in 1993.

Keywords: USS Mainstay



Entry: 67767
Subject: USS MAINSTY

Tilden Loftis wrote on November 7, 2008


City and State: SAN DIEG CA

Unit: MINE DIV

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: TRYING TO CONTACT WATERS. SAAW HIS COMMENTS AND WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSE

Keywords: TOM TT BJ WATERS BG WILLIAMS



Entry: 66941
Subject: USS MAINSTAY

Michael Penner wrote on August 18, 2008

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City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments:

Keywords: My Father William (Pete) Penner, served aboard the USS Mainstay during the Korean War, He sadly passed away this year April 2008. I remeber stories he used to tell of his escapades in Japan, while in the service, I'm curious if anyone knew him or had served with him...?

Thank you,
Michael P. Penner



Entry: 66814
Subject: LOOKING FOR MY GRANDFATHER

Shieri Ura JR. wrote on August 8, 2008


City and State: FUKUOKA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I am looking for my grandfather.
I think my grandfather was on AM261 and his name is Jessie Arogn.
He met my grandmother in Kokura, Japan. My dad was born in 1950.
I don't know if my grandfather is still alive or not.
If anyone knows about him or anyone who remembers about the time
in Japan, email me please.
Thank you.

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Entry: 66074
Subject: WHAT I REMEMBER

Billy Joe Waters SR. wrote on June 15, 2008


City and State: MABANK TX

Unit: USS MAINSTAY US NAVY

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: WHAT I REMEMBER IN KOREAN ACTION 1951- 1955.IN 1951 I BOARDED THE MAINSTAY IN LON BEACH CA. WHERE SHE WAS UNDER GOING A CONVERSION FROM A SUB-CHASER TO A MINESWEEPER, THEY REMOVED ALL THE K-GUNS AND SPEED SCREWS AND INSTALLED POWER SCREWS FOR SWEEPING. WE WERE GETTIN HER READY FOR KOREA AND WE HAD A LOT OF WORK TO DO. I WAS AN ELECTRCIAN 3RD CLASS. WE FINALLY MADE IT TO SASEBO JAPAN IN 1952 AND ABOUT 2 MONTHS LATER KOREA. WE SAW A LOT OF ACTION ON THE EAST COAST, AND ATE ALOT OF COLD-CUT SANDWICHES..WE CALLED THEM SOMETHING ELSE:i REMBERBER ON THE BRASS PLATE ATTACHED TO THE MAIN MAST IN THE BILGES SHE WAS MADE IN PORT AURTHER TEXAS ABOUT 1943. CAPT. WAGGONER WAS OUR SKIPPER, CAPT GILCHRIST BEFORE HIM.WE PUT HER IN MOTHBALLS IN 1954 , I THINK,,IN LONG BEACH.I WAS TRANSFERED TO AN MSB SQUADRON IN LONG BEAch until 1955. i hope this info helps interesting people. lol bill

Keywords: uss mainstay am-261



Entry: 66060
Subject: MAINSTAY

Billy Joe Waters SR. wrote on June 14, 2008


City and State: MABANK TX

Unit: USNAVY

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Im wondering how any of us is left. I served as electrician from 1951 t0 1954 and helped put her in moth balls.send me an email . bill

Keywords: nickname,, muddy waters



Entry: 65747
Subject: WHEN WAS USS MAINSTAY SUNK

Leo Homan wrote on May 25, 2008


City and State: ROGERS AR

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I was assigned to the USS Mainstay in the early 1950's but was reassigned before reporting.What happened to the ship?

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Entry: 63270
Subject: CREW OF THE U.S.S. MAINSTAY (AM-261), 1950-1952

Kenneth Robison II wrote on December 3, 2007


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Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I am the grandson of Quartermaster, 2nd Class, Harold Jones Robison (On Navy Records Robinson), who was known aboard ship as "Robbie." He served aboard the Mainstay from December 1950 to March/April 1952, and was from Columbia, South Carolina. He is still living and is interested in seeing if any of the old crew from his time aboard are still alive. If so please contact me as he would like to get in touch.

Keywords: Mainstay, Crew, Robinson



Entry: 61370
Subject: USS MAINSTAY 50-52

Adrian Vigil wrote on June 22, 2007

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City and State: MIDVALE UT

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My grandfather served on the USS Mainstay from 50-52, in Korea. He also served on the USS Mockingbird 52-54. His name is Edward Vigil from bingham canyon utah.

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Entry: 46908
Subject: USS MAINSTAY AM261

Marshall Roger (Willie) Wilson wrote on November 16, 2004

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City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: United Nations Veteran - Korea

Comments: I Served as a cook from 1950_1953.
Would like to find other crew members
aboard ship at that time

Keywords: USS Mainstay AM261



Entry: 36854
Subject: MAINSTAY SERVICE

George Pierce wrote on September 11, 2003

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City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Served aboard the Mainstay for only 3 months, Dec '52 thru Feb '53. Would like to contact shipmates from that time. Also, want to receive any photos of the ship available to finish my album of my time in the Navy.

What was the Skipper's name during the period mentioned above. Also like to know the name of the Lt in charge of the Gunnery Div.

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Entry: 30481
Subject: SERVED ON MAINSTAY 1950 1951`

Herman Watson wrote on December 18, 2002

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Service or Relationship: -

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Entry: 27320
Subject: SHIP'S HISTORY-KOREAN WAR

Don Robbins wrote on August 2, 2002

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City and State: TAMPA FL

Unit: US NAVY

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: My name Is Don Robbins.My brother Douglas and I served aboard the USS Mainstay during the last couple of years in Korea.If you served with me and my brother,please make contact.

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Entry: 21116
Subject: GRANDFATHER SERVED

Jodi Jones wrote on November 30, 2001

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City and State: TAMPA FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Friend of Veteran

Comments: I am looking for anyone would have any information on what my Grandfathers job on the USS Partridge and I want a list of everyone and thier jobs on the ship me and my cousin are putting together a family tree on my Grandfathers side and this will help us alot My Grandfather died on March 25, 2001 so if anyone can help me I would appreicate it

Keywords: George E. McCallister was on the USS Partridge



Entry: 16221
Subject: TO THOSE WHO SERVED FOR THE LOVE OF THERE COUNTRY

Jenny Jo Martin wrote on May 1, 2001

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City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My Grandfather Thomas Passed away in 1984, one year and four months befor we found where he lived. Sadly my mother never even got to met him. I'm looking for anyone who may have served with him and might beable to tell me a little about him. Thank You for Your time.

Keywords: James or Jim Thomas, Nickname "Skeeter"
Frogman for the USS Mainstay.



Entry: 13132
Subject: MAINSTAY SERVICE.

George Pierce wrote on November 20, 2000

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City and State: GREENFIELD IA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Served the last 3 months of my hitch aboard the Mainstay. Was the only Fire Controlman aboard.

Keywords: ComMinRon One, USS Surfbird AM383, Long Beach,CA



Entry: 11294
Subject: W W II HISTORY AND SHIPMATES

Tom Donaghy wrote on August 26, 2000

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City and State: HUNTINGTON STATION NY

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: looking for any information on the period 1943 to 1946, the years my father Thomas J. Donaghy served on board.

Keywords: uss mainstay



Entry: 7891
Subject: GRANDFATHER SERVED

Charles Howell wrote on April 10, 2000

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City and State: TIFTON GA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I know that he served on the USS Mainstay. I will find out the dates. He served on 2 out of the 5 US ships sunk during the Korean War. USS PIRATE, USS PLEDGE.

He was a master electrician. He was also at Iwo
Jima and Okinawa. He was stationed at
Yakuska(spelling?) during the occupation. I'll find out the dates. After the Korean War he came home to Jacksonville(Mayport).

IF you know or served with my grandfather(Phonsie Howell) please contact me at chuckhowell57@hotmail.com Thanks a million!

Keywords: Served on USS PIRATE, USS PLEDGE, USS MAINSTAY, USS QUEENS.



Entry: 5520
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 MAINSTAY (AM-261)


A rope or cable which as part of a ship's standing rigging, steadies a mainmast fore and aft and provides primary support for the angle of the mast; hence, the quality of furnishing chief support or strength


(AM-261: dp. 530 1. 184'6"; b. 33'; dr. 9'9"; s. 15 k.; cpl. 104; a 1 3", 4 40mm.; cl. Admirable)


“...she supported rescue operations after Partridge (AMS-31) struck a mine off Sokcho and sank.”


Mainstay (AM-261) was laid down by American Ship building Co., Lorain, Ohio, 10 April 1943; launched 31 July 1943; sponsored by Mrs. J. A. Hughes; and commissioned 24 April 1944, Lt. Henry B. Clark, Jr., in command.


Mainstay recommissioned 12 December 1950, Lt. Thomas E. Reynolds in command. A week later she departed for the eastern coast of Korea, and on 2 January 1951 she began coastal patrols and mine sweeps in support of the Blockading and Escort Force. During the next month she cleared a path for inshore fire support ships As American and U.N. ground forces began their second drive up the peninsula, she swept for mines and fired at enemy shore positions during an amphibious feint on 30 and 31 January against the Communist-held Kansong-Kosong area. On 2 February she supported rescue operations after Partridge (AMS-31) struck a mine off Sokcho and sank.


After returning briefly to Sasebo 4 February, Mainstay resumed sweeping and patrol duty off Korea. She ranged the coastal waters from Pohang in the south to Songjin in the north, and between 21 February and 31 May she operated primarily off Wonsan supporting the siege and bombardment of the harbor. She departed Korean waters 7 August, touched at Sasebo and Yokosuka, and steamed for the west coast 20 August, arriving Long Beach 11 September 1951.


For almost 2 years Mainstay operated along the California coast and in Hawaiian waters. She again deployed to the Far East 6 August 1953 and resumed patrols off South Korea 22 September.


Operating out of Sasebo, she cruised coastal waters from Pusan to Pohang during the remainder of 1953. She completed her final patrol 10 February 1954 and 2 days later departed Sasebo for Long Beach, where she arrived 11 March


Mainstay remained at Long Beach and decommissioned there 21 September 1954. She entered the Pacific Reserve Fleet at San Diego, and while berthed there was reclassified MSF-261 on 7 February 1955. Her name was struck from the Navy list 1 December 1959 and she was sold for scrap to National Metal and Steel Corp. 8 August 1960.


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


From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships

Keywords: MINESWEEPER, ADMIRABLE CLASS, PUSAN, KANSONG KOSONG, SOKCHO, USS PARTRIDGE (AMS-31), POHANG, SONGJIN, WONSAN, PEACE PATROL







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