USS Shoveler (AM-382)


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Entry: 77440
Subject: STATIONED ON THE USS SHOVELER

Willard M. Reynolds JR. wrote on January 12, 2011


City and State: BLACKSBURG VA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I was stationed on the Shoveler approximately late 1952-1953. Helped put the unit in commision in San Diego. We swept mines off of Korea. Home base while in Korea was Sasabo, Japan. Feel free to contact me if I can be of any assistance.
Willard (Bill) Reynolds

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Entry: 55663
Subject: JAMES C PAINE / KOREA

John Paine wrote on February 8, 2006


City and State: LINCOLN AR

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father, James C Paine was a boatswains mate on the USS Shoveler. I remember many stories told over the years of Sasabo, Korea, and Long Beach.... I am interested in talking with anyone that wants to about his service on the ship. You may also remember my mother (Billy Joyce) as they were married at that time. I also served in the US navy from 79 - 83 so am savy to the lingo! Please feel free and make refferance to James (Dad) so that I will not delete your mail. Thanks and God bless our veterans!

John Paine

Keywords: James Claude Paine



Entry: 55288
Subject: EARLY SERVICE ON SHOVELER.

Jack West wrote on January 20, 2006


City and State: GALION OH

Unit: US NAVY

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I am looking for Servicemen that served on my fathers Minesweeper Shoveler. He served in the European Theatre early in the war, then went to the Pacific Theatre, I believe late in the war on this ship as a Signalman First Class, which, I believe, is morse code signaling using radio, flags, signaling light ??? Not positive. I am trying to contact anyone who may remember him in the service and may be able to share stories other than what I may already have. Unfortunately my source for stories, my father, is no longer with us. I am attempting to honor my father with a photo and story history that can be entered in a permanent registry accessible by all. I would truely be blessed if any one can help in this endeavor. Please feel free to email me. jwest26@columbus.rr.com . God Bless you and your service to all Americans, and God Bless this Great Country.

Keywords: Chet, Jack, Crack are nicknames.



Entry: 53714
Subject: 1945-1946 SERVICE

John Defino wrote on October 23, 2005


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: looking for crew members from 1945-1946



Entry: 49758
Subject: USS SHOVELER CREW MEMBER

David Whitcomb wrote on March 24, 2005

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City and State: CORONA CA

Unit: USS SHOVELER

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: March 1954-October 1956 Searching for those members that were on board the shoveler at that time.

Keywords: Crew member Shoveler



Entry: 49757
Subject: USS SHOVELER CREW MEMBER

David Whitcomb wrote on March 24, 2005

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City and State: CORONA CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments:

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Entry: 47924
Subject: 1946 CREW MEMBERS

Michael Willmann wrote on January 5, 2005

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City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I would be very interested in communicating with anyone who served on the Shoveler in 1946.
My uncle was Ens. Robert Willmann, Communication and Ship's Services Officer.

Keywords: USS Shoveler (AM382)



Entry: 47510
Subject: GEORGE A THOMAS USS SHOVELER

George Thomas wrote on December 14, 2004


City and State: IRVING TX

Unit: AM382 USS SHOVELER

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments:

Keywords: Would like to hear from anyone on USS Shoveler from 1951 - 1955



Entry: 36946
Subject: USS SHOVELER MSF 382 CREW MEMBERS

David Whitcomb wrote on September 15, 2003

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City and State: CORONA CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I am looking for crew members that served aboard the Shoveler during 1954-1956

Keywords: USS Shoveler MSF 382,Mine Division 72



Entry: 36267
Subject: LEADING GUNNER'S MATE

Jerry Beckley wrote on August 14, 2003

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City and State: RIDGEWAY VA

Unit: USS REDSTART (AM-378)

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Served on USS Shoveler from December 1951 to Jun 1952 in Korea. Was Mount Captain of Mount 31. Transferred to USS Chatterer (AMS-40) in June '52. Returned to CONUS aboard USS Redstart (AM-378) in September 1953. Attended Submarine school in Jan 54. Spent remainder of 21 years in Submarines. Retired as Chief Warrant Officer, CWO4

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Entry: 29097
Subject: CHANGE OF ADDRESS

Abraham Sabori wrote on October 27, 2002

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City and State: HENDERSON NV

Unit: US NAVY

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I have relocated form Northern Calif. To Las Vegas/Henderson Nevada area
Hope to have a reunion of shipmates here.Any interest?

Keywords: USS Shoveler AM 382 March 1951-1954



Entry: 28408
Subject: U.S.S. SHOVELER A.M. 382

James Monahan wrote on September 21, 2002

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City and State: CUMBERLAND MD

Unit: RD 3 SHOVELER-51-53

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I have e-mail from George CogganEXET3, Abraham Sabori, Would like to hear from any shipmates on duty 1951-1953.

Keywords: MONTY- Radarman 3rd class-



Entry: 26625
Subject: TACHEN ISLANDS

Bob O'Dell wrote on June 29, 2002


City and State: BUCKLIN MO

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Served aboard the Shoveler 1955 1956

Keywords: Uss Shoveler MSF 382



Entry: 23619
Subject: SHOVELER SHIPMATES

Abe Sabori wrote on March 2, 2002

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City and State:

Unit: USS SHOVELER AM 382

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments:

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Entry: 23311
Subject: OTHER SHIPMATES

Abe Sabori wrote on February 20, 2002

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City and State:

Unit: USS SHOVELER AM 382

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Also looking for shipmates 1951 to 1954

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Entry: 16195
Subject: LOOKING FOR GEORGE THOMAS

Herb Poulsen wrote on April 30, 2001

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City and State: JACKSON MI

Unit: USS SHOVELER, AM382

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Anyone interested in a reunion?

Keywords: Chi Chi Jima, Black Market Alley



Entry: 13542
Subject: FRANK ZABOROWSKI - IC USS SHOVELER

Frank Zaborowski JR. wrote on December 9, 2000


City and State: STAFFORD VA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I have photos of some of the Shoveler crew at Sasebo, on ship, and at Chi Chi Jima near Iwo Jima.
My father, Frank Zaborowski, was a member of the USS Shoveler crew during 1952-1954. He was with the ship in Sasebo and I believe Long Beach. I believe his rate was IC (Internal Communications). I have some photos of him from the ship that I am attaching as a collage. My father passed away on Election Day, 2000.

Sincerely,

Frank Zaborowski Jr.

Keywords: Shoveler



Entry: 12840
Subject: TRYING TO FIND INFO ON MINE DIVISION 112 . THE MSB-21 BOAT STATIONED LONG BEACH CALIF.

Frank Mulhall wrote on November 9, 2000

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City and State: PALMDALE CA

Unit: MINE DIV 112 ABOARD MSB-21

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: MINE DIV 112 ABOARD MSB-21

Keywords: Mine sweeping Korean Coast USS- Shoveler .One battle Star. LST-799 Wonsan Korea rescued 26
pilots .



Entry: 5102
Subject: SHIP'S HISTORY - KOREAN WAR SERVICE

Craig Rothhammer wrote on November 18, 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 SHOVELER (AM-382)


Any of a genus (Spatula) of River ducks, so called from the large broad bill, especially Spatula Clypeata prevalent in the Northern Hemisphere.


(AM-382: dp. 890; 1. 221'1''; b. 32'2"; dr. 10'9"; s. 18.1 k.; cpl. 117; a. 1 3", 2 40mm.; cl. Auk)




Shoveler (AM-382) was laid down on 1 April 1944 by Gulf Shipbuilding Corp., Chickasaw, Ala., launched on 10 December 1944, sponsored by Mrs. William G. Burkhart; and commissioned on 22 May 1945, Lt. Comdr. Edwin H. Jones, Jr., USNR, in command.


Shoveler was fitted out at New Orleans and then reported to the Mine Warfare Base, Little Creek, Va., on 15 June for shakedown training. On 5 August, the minesweeper cleared that port en route to the west coast for assignment to Mine Force, Pacific Fleet. The ship arrived at San Pedro, Calif., on 23 August and conducted further trials. On 30 August, Shoveler stood out of San Pedro underway for Eniwetok, Marshall Islands, via Pearl Harbor.


Shoveler arrived at Eniwetok on 18 September and was routed to Okinawa. Upon her arrival there on 26 September, she was ordered to sail at once for Bungo Suido Japan. She was back at Okinawa on 1 October to join the main task force which sailed for Sasebo on 18 October. Shoveler swept the Klondike minefield there during the period 26 October-2 November. The ship returned to Okinawa on 6 December 1945 and operated from there until returning to Sasebo on 20 January 1946. Shoveler swept mines from the areas around Kikai Shima, Miyako, Shima, Amami O Shima, Nagasaki, and Kagoshima.


Shoveler sailed from Japan on 12 April en route to San Pedro, Calif., via Eniwetok and Pearl Harbor. She entered the Todd Shipyard there on 27 June and pre pared for inactivation. The minesweeper was placed out of commission, in reserve, on 5 November 1946.


Shoveler was recommissioned on 24 July 1951 and assigned to Mine Squadron 5. After refresher training and fleet exercises off Santa Rosa, she entered the yard of the Harbor Boat Co., Long Beach, for alterations and repairs on 5 November 1951. When the work was completed on 7 January 1952, the ship moved down the coast of San Diego and acted as a mine warfare school ship for three months.


On 20 March Shoveler was ordered to the Far East. After port calls at Pearl Harbor and Guam, and minesweeping exercises in the Bonin Islands, she arrived at Sasebo on 20 May. A week later, she got underway for the Korean war zone.


Shoveler arrived at Wonsan Harbor on 28 May to assist the United Nations forces. During the next four and one-half months, the minesweeper operated along the Korean coast from Musu Dan in the north to Kosong in the south. In addition to sweeping mines, she destroyed nine sampans with gunfire and bombarded the coast when afforded the opportunity. On 17 June, she was fired on by an enemy shore battery on Mayang Do but received no hits.


Shoveler returned to Sasebo in mid-October, and, on the 20th, she cleared that port for Long Beach. The minesweeper arrived there on 20 November 1952 and for the next two years, operated along the coast of California as a unit of Mine Division 72.


Shoveler was again deployed to the Far East on 21 October 1954 and operated out of Sasebo. On 21 November 1954, she commenced a series of patrols along the east coast of Korea. She steamed from Sasebo to Keelung, Taiwan, on 1 February 1956 and five days later departed that port for the Tachen Islands to assist in the evacuation there. The minesweeper swept channels during the days and ran antitorpedo boat patrols during the nights until 14 February when she returned to Sasebo.


Shoveler's hull classification was changed from AM-382 to MSF-382 on 7 February. She departed the Far East on 9 May and arrived at Long Beach on 1 June 1955.


The minesweeper operated from that port for the next year. Shoveler moved to San Diego on 29 June 1956 for inactivation and was placed out of commission, in reserve, on 28 September 1956. Shoveler was loaned to Peru on 1 November 1960 under the Military Assistance Program and serves that government as Diez Canseco MSF-69.


USS Shoveler received one battle star for World War II service and one for service in the Korean War.





From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships

Keywords: MINESWEEPER, AUK CLASS, MINE SQUADRON 5, WONSAN, MINE DIVISION 72 (MINDIV72), PEACE PATROL, TACHEN ISLANDS,



Entry: 4765
Subject: CREW MEMBERS SOUGHT

George L. (Laross) Coggan wrote on November 11, 1999

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City and State: CAMPBELL CA

Unit: USS SHOVELER (AM382)

Service or Relationship: Air Force

Comments: Wondering if anyone from the USS Shoveler (AM382) is still around.

Keywords: Korea Navy Minesweeper AM382 USS Shoveler 1952
George Coggan 384-24-01 ET3







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