USS Pigeon (AM-374)


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Entry: 84085
Subject:

Mario A. Canevaro wrote on September 4, 2012


City and State: SOMERSET NJ

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I also came onboard in Oct 1950, when she
was in mothballs in Orange,Texas. At the time I was a
QM striker.
I was onboard when she was recommishened and have
posted pics of that day:
http://www.navsource.org/archives/11/02374.htm
I only served aboard her for a few months (probably
less than 6 months) and then was transferred to USS
Sprig AM374.
Note to Bill Grother, if you was part of the bridge
gang, then you and I were buds.

Keywords: USS Siboney CVE112 (1949)
USS Pigeon AM374 (1950)
USS Sprig AM384 (1951-52)



Entry: 76584
Subject: LOOKING FOR INFO ON MY FATHER

Kristin Keller wrote on November 1, 2010


City and State: BRAZORIA TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: looking for info on my father, william dietz. he served on the uss pigeon during the korean war, mine sweep operations. i dont know any more detailes... he passed away in 1987 when i was 11 years old.

Keywords: william dietz



Entry: 34160
Subject: USS PIGEON AM 374 INFO

Francis Fox wrote on May 13, 2003


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Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Auk Class Minesweeper: Laid down, 10 November 1944 by the Savannah Machine and Foundry Co., Savannah, GA; Launched, 28 March 1945; Commissioned USS Pigeon (AM 374), 30 October 1945; Decommissioned, 10 July 1946 at Orange, TX; Recommissioned, 30 November 1950; Decommissioned, 14 January 1955 at Green Cove Springs, FL; Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull) MSF-374, 7 February 1955; Struck from the Naval Register, 1 December 1966 and sold for scrap.Specifications: Displacement 540 t.(lt), 795 t.(fl); Length 184' 6"; Beam 33'; Draft 9' 9"; Speed 15 kts; Complement 104; Armament one single 3"/50 gun mount, two twin 40mm gun mounts, six single 20mm gun mounts, one depth charge thrower (hedgehogs), four depth charge projectiles (k-guns), two depth charge tracks; Propulsion two 3,532 bhp General Motors diesel engines, two shafts.

USS Pigeon AM 374 USS Pigeon MSF-374
(AM-374: dp. 1,250 (f.), 1. 221'1"; b. 32'2"; dr. 10'9"; s. 18 k.; cpl. 117; a. 1 3", 2 40mm.; cl. Auk)
The second Pigeon (AM-374), a minesweeper, was laid down 10 November 1944 by the Savannah Machine and Foundry Co., Savannah, Gal; launched 28 March 1945 sponsored by Miss Jean Ross, and commissioned at Savannah 30 October 1945, Lt. Comdr. Robert S. Catchcart in command.

After fitting out at the Charleston Navy Yard and operations out of the Naval Mine Warfare School, Yorktown Va. Pigeon decommissioned 10 July 1946. Following Communist aggression in Korea, she recommissioned at Orange, Tex., 30 November 1950, Lt. Theodore Sawick in command.

Pigeon departed Orange 2 January 1951 to join Mine Squadron 8 at Charleston, S.C. Tactics and Atlantic Fleet exercises took her to Norfolk, Cuba Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. On 25 August 1952 she departed Charleston with Mine Division 82 for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization combined fleet exercise operation "Mainbrace." She arrived at Rosyth, Scotland 11 September 1952 and put to sea the 19th to participate in "Mainbrace" minesweeping operations off Denmark. Pigeon returned to Falmouth, England 27 September 1952 and sailed the 29th with the same amphibious attack force for NATO operation "Longstep" in the Mediterranean. These and other operations with the powerful 6th Fleet took her from ports of Morocco to ports in Italy, Turkey Greece, France, and Spain. The minesweeper returned to Charleston. S.C., 7 February 1953

Overhauled in the Charleston Naval Shipyard, Pigeon resumed readiness and training operations along the eastern seaboard as far north as Quebec, Canada. She departed Charleston 6 January 1954 and joined the 6th Fleet at Lisbon Portugal, 19 January 1954. After serving in fleet and NATO combined operations throughout the Mediterranean, she returned to Charleston 29 May 1954

Pigeon departed Charleston 15 November to prepare for inactivation at Green Cove Springs, Fla. She decommissioned there 14 January 1955 and was placed in reserve. On 7 February 1955, she was reclassified a fleet minesweeper and redesignated MSF-374. She remained in reserve until her name was struck from the Navy List 1 December 1966. She was sold for scrapping.

Keywords: son of Eugene Fox who served on AM-374



Entry: 24525
Subject: MOTHBALLS TO CHARLESTON TO GITMO

Bill Grother wrote on April 4, 2002


City and State: QUAD CITIES IA

Unit: USS PIGEON AM 374

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I went aboard the Pigeon in Oct '50 when it was still in mothballs in Orange, TX. Was re-commissioned and sailed for home port of Charleston, SC. Spent a few months in Gitmo, Cuba, then back to Charleston. I got off in Aug of '52 when the Pigeon went to the Med for six mos. Have fond memories of many of the guys on board, Norm Green, JC Duncan, and dating a gal in Summerville.

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Entry: 18175
Subject:

Roland B. Pigeon wrote on July 22, 2001

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City and State: ORCHARD PARK NY

Unit: USS WALLACE L. LIND DD703 RECALLED RESERVE-8-50 TO

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Was on the USS Hank DD702, awaiting transfer to the Lind when the Pigeon and the Partridge were sunk in the bay. We came in two days after, and it really hit me that a ship with my name went down while sweeping the bay, like maybe it was some kind of unwanted omen. To add to my distress, I was an old Mineman, having served on the USS Trever DMS16(an old 4 piper-in WW2),so I could readily feel for your survivors, and the lost ones, as being comrades in a more personal way. As I looked out over the waters, I grieved for you guys, vowing to remember your ships every time we entered the bay, which turned out to be our base of operations after it was swept out the 2nd time in Feb. 51, using it boldly, even though the Chinese controlled the land. You guys were in my thoughts often, and now are in my memiors, which I wrote in storybook form.
My hat's off to you, and from one sailor to another, one Mineman to another, "Where the Navy goes, we've been there",or something like that as I remember. The Mine Fleet is the most unsung asset to the Navy's well being-never got the credit they deserve. This TinCan Sailor salutes you.

Keywords: Re-called Reserve--ET1/c-served in Korean waters from 10-50 to 6-51---1st Wonsan Invasion--Songjin evacuation--Hungnam evacuation--2nd siege of Wonsan--3 battles with shore batteries--umpteen fire support missions,,credited with expending some 12000 rounds of 5 inch ammo and disposing of an estimated 13000 enemy troops--3 tours of dropping off ROK spies,,2 at a time,,12 to 16 in a group,,poor devils, we never recovered any of them,,they were brave as brave could be.







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