USS Toucan (AM-387)










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Entry: 94841
Subject: NEW FACEBOOK GROUP FOR USS TOUCAN CREW, FRIENDS AND FAMILY.

Scott Slocum wrote on July 28, 2017


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Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Everyone, please see the new Facebook Group for USS Toucan crew, friends and family:

Crews of the USS Toucan, AM387 (MSF387), 1944-1964.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/CrewsOfUSSToucanAM387/

Keywords: Toucan, AM387, Facebook, history



Entry: 91694
Subject: OFFICER INFORMATION

Jeffrey Howell wrote on August 11, 2015


City and State: PELHAM NH

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father, Fred M. Howell served as third officer (Lt. JG) on the Toucan during the Korean war. Since his passing in 2012, I am interested in learning anything I can from former crew mates about his service. He never spoke of it to me during his lifetime, other than that he served.

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Entry: 73732
Subject: USS TOUCAN AM-387

Debbie Neihart-Bentley wrote on February 26, 2010


City and State: VACAVILLE CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments:

Keywords: Looking for anyone who may have known my father, Carl Neihart, who served on the Toucan in the early to mid 1950's.



Entry: 66058
Subject: DEAN WILLIAMS

Steve Williams wrote on June 13, 2008


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Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Comments: I was wondering if anybody remembers my father Dean V. Williams, He served on the USS TOUCAN MSF-387, USS PELICAN AMS-32 and the USS ZEAL MSF 131. He served during the Korean War 1952 to 1956. Trying to find out if he was on any other ships.

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Entry: 55561
Subject: USS TOUCAN AM 387

Donald Davis wrote on February 4, 2006

Email Update Needed



City and State: GILROY CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I served on the USS Toucan from January, 1953, to January, 1955. I have many fond memories of serving with Bob Detloff and Robert "Satchmo" Kessner.

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Entry: 52261
Subject:

Larry Bourret wrote on July 26, 2005

Email Update Needed



City and State: LARAMIE WY

Unit: USS TOUCAN AND USS ENDICOTT

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Relative to the Toucan it was the first ship in in the Tachen evacuation. We did not haul any evacuees to Sasebo.

Keywords: Toucan



Entry: 50544
Subject: NICK HOEZEE

Wayne Kooistra wrote on May 1, 2005


City and State: ALLENDALE MI

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father in Law served aboard the USS Toucan during the Korean War...He was a cook mainly but I'm sure assisted in many other duties.
I'm hoping someone out there remembers him and may have photos with him. If so, contact me via email or telephone or US mail. My Mother in Law Emily, his daughter and his son would very much appreciate anything you might have to share. My son is in Iraq on his 2nd tour with the US Army 3rd ID... I trust he will be remembered for his service someday also.
Thank you for your service. God Bless !

Wayne Kooistra
10201 76th. ave.
Allendale, MI. 49401

Keywords: Hoezee, USS Toucan



Entry: 48260
Subject: WANT NAMES OF CREW MEMBERS 1952-53

Donald Gallagher wrote on January 19, 2005

Deceased

City and State: WEST CHESTER PA

Unit: USS TOUCAN AM 387

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Seeking any information on anyone who served with me on the USS Toucan in 1952 and 1953. Also I'd like to know what happened to the ship.

Keywords: Capt Alfred Russilo, CWO Tansey, LT Phil Clark, LTJG John Mack Carter



Entry: 37079
Subject: USS TOUCAN MSF 387

Neil Van Epps wrote on September 22, 2003


City and State: GRAND LEDGE MI

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: Served on Toucan after Korea,April 1955 thru Nov 1956. Remained in Sasebo when Toucan headed home to await arrival of USS Guide MSO 447. Shipemates are invited to call, write or whatever. Neil

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Entry: 34037
Subject: ARNOLD E,LAUTT

Mike Lautt wrote on May 7, 2003

Email Update Needed



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Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: does anyone remember my dad, please write back thankyou.

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Entry: 33600
Subject: USS TOUCAN 387

Gene Rigg wrote on April 14, 2003

Email Update Needed



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Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I too was a S1/C aboard the Toucan in 1946. Was assigned as a coxwain of the Toucan whale boat. Helped decommision her at San Diego. Was aboard her at Treasure Island in the bay, when she was hit in the bay by a larged barge. Filled her with mattresses and proceeded to San Diego for dry dock. Civilian dry dock, where the whole crew pulled a dungaree liberty. Wow!

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Entry: 29017
Subject: I SERVED ON THE TOUCAN FROM FEB 1954 THROUGH AUGUST 1956 AS A FIRE CONTROL TECH

Robert Dettloff wrote on October 23, 2002

Email Update Needed



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Service or Relationship: -

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Entry: 22908
Subject: CREW OF USS TOUCAN 1955-56

Brady Brock wrote on February 4, 2002


City and State: MOULTRIE GA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I would like to hear from crew members who seved aboard the US Toucan from 1955-56.

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Entry: 18937
Subject: 1955

Arnold Laytt wrote on August 25, 2001


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Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: My husband was aboard ship in the early fifties. He died of lung cancer at age 51. Anyone hear from Charles Oaks from Montanna? Thanks, Nona

Keywords: louie



Entry: 18483
Subject: NAMES AND #`S OFF CREW

Glen (Buddy) Causey wrote on August 5, 2001

Email Update Needed



City and State: CONWAY SC

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments:
Am requesting names and #`s of all crow members that served from feb 1952 to April 1955

Keywords: USS Toucan AM 387 Crew feb 1952 - apr 1955



Entry: 15568
Subject: MSF-387

Steve Williams wrote on March 22, 2001


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Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I was wondering if anybody remembers my father Dean V. Williams, He served on the USS TOUCAN MSF-387, USS PELICAN AMS-32 and the USS ZEAL MSF 131. He served during the Korean War 1952 to 1956. Trying to find out if he was on any other ships.

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Entry: 12161
Subject: USS TOUCAN AMS 387

Melvin L. Mageors wrote on October 5, 2000

Email Update Needed



City and State: DALLAS TX

Unit: USS TOUCAN AMS 387

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: USS TOUCAN AMS 387

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Entry: 5099
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 TOUCAN (AM-387)


A brightly colored and easily tamed bird of the American tropics. It is characterized by its large but thin beak.


(AM-387: dp. 890, 1. 221'1"; b. 32'2"; s. 18.1 k., cpl. 117; a. 1 3'', 2 40mm., 2 dct.; cl. Auk)


“The plucky minesweeper also scored hits on enemy bunkers, box cars, and railroad trestles...”


Toucan (AM-387) was laid down on 16 February 1944 at Cleveland, Ohio, by the American Shipbuilding Co., launched on 15 September 1944, sponsored by Miss Rose B. Jackiewicz, and commissioned on 25 November 1944, Lt. Comdr. S. E. Squibb, USNR, in command.


The outbreak of hostilities in Korea in June 1950 increased the Navy's need for minecraft. Accordingly, Toucan was recommissioned on 27 October and operated on the west coast for more than a year.


On 4 January 1952, Toucan sailed for Sasebo and called at Pearl Harbor and Midway before reaching Sasebo on 2 February.


She commenced Korean War operations in the Hungnam and Wonsan areas on 21 February, streaming her sweeping gear and hunting for the dangerous North Korean mines. With periodic repairs at Sasebo, Toucan operated primarily off Wonsan.


From February through August 1952, the ship fired more than 8,000 rounds of ammunition at communist shore targets - trading fire with the enemy on many occasions and dodging everything from 76-millimeter shells to small arms fire.


Her duties included the disruption of the North Korean fishing trade. The ship took 13 prisoners while destroying three sampans and damaging 22 more. The plucky minesweeper also scored hits on enemy bunkers, box cars, and railroad trestles before departing Korean waters on 1 August to head for Long Beach, Calif.


The minesweeper returned to the Korean fighting zone the following year and continued her sweeping and interdiction operations in the vicinity of the Cho-Do, Paengyoung-Do, and Cheju-Do island areas from June to September 1953. The ship sailed for California and operated along the west coast from the time of her arrival at Long Beach on 3 December 1953 through 17 July 1954.


Toucan returned to the Far East in the summer of 1954 and reached Inchon, Korea, on 14 August. Two days later, she got underway for the west coast of Korea and operated primarily in the Taeyongyong-Do and Tojang Po vicinity. She departed Sasebo on 11 January 1955 and proceeded to Hong Kong only to return to Japanese waters a fortnight later. Her stay at Sasebo was brief.


Four days later, she weighed anchor for Keelung, Formosa, and thence moved to the Tachen Islands. On 7 February, the minesweeper took part in the evacuation of Chinese Nationalists from the Tachen group and disembarked the evacuees at Sasebo a week later.


During this mission, Toucan was redesignated MSF-387 on 7 February 1955.


Departing Sasebo only two days after her arrival from the Tachens Toucan headed home and arrived at Long Beach on 11 March. She operated on the west coast as a unit of Mine Division 71 until August 1956 when she began another deployment to the Far East. She called at Yokosuka, Kobe, Sasebo, Fukuoka, Beppu, and Kagoshima, Japan, as well as Keelung, Formosa, before returning to Long Beach on 21 December.


On 1 May 1957, Toucan was inactivated and assigned to the Pacific Reserve Fleet, berthing at the Columbia River, Oreg., Group. Upon disestablishment of this group, the minesweeper was transferred to Bremerton, Wash., where she remained until 27 May 1964. On that day, she was withdrawn from the reserve fleet for conversion and transfer to the Republic of China, effective on 22 December 1964.


USS Toucan received three battle stars for World War II and two battle stars for the Korean War.





From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships

Keywords: MINESWEEPER, AUK CLASS, HUNGNAM, WONSAN, CHO DO, PAENGYOUNG DO, CHEJU DO, PEACE PATROL, TACHEN ISLANDS,







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