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NEW PICTURES from Ensign Mike Nelson
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USS PHOEBE IN VIETNAM ON MARKET TIME PATROL
 
 
PHOEBE SAILORS page1
Life on the Phoebe
 
 
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Captain Tom Freeman
Captain Freeman and Franklin Roosevelt 3rd, a true sea story
 
 
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Phoebe Crew 1965 & 1967 Page 6
 
 
NEW! Phoebe pictures 1970 era page7
 
 
OUR SHIPMATES WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE US
Roll Call
 
 

2003
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2004
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USS PHOEBE
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Red trying to find that darn mail bouy
 
 
THE CLOWN STORY
A true Phoebe sea story
 
 
GRISSO AND HIS RAT
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REUNION 2012,

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Standing-- Tom West, Tom Shade, John Coan, Jim Thynne, Jim Brittan, Dave Hermsen Sitting-- Claude Dotson, Richard Bennett, Bill Ingram Not in the picture-- Bob Finn, Walter Chapman, and Felix Antero



USS PHOEBE MSC 199





MINESWEEPERS
By Michael Ciaccio
In days gone by in ships of wood a sailor did what a sailor could
In war or peace they sailed the seas a special breed of men are these
In troubled waters or seas o'fair steering a course where no man dares
As in the past is true today they boldly sail into harm's way.

Oh God protect these valiant men and bring them safely home again
To open arms and kisses warm protect these warriors from every harm

When faces wrinkle and beards grow grey Minesweep sailors will gather and say
Forgive us our faults, forgive us our sins Where the fleet goes, we've already been.












Any Ship can be a Minesweeper - Once

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USS Persistent (MSO-491)


Dear Fellow Minesweep Sailors,


The book Wooden Ships and Iron Men: The U.S. Navy’s Ocean Minesweepers, 1953-1994 is now in production and copies of it may be ordered from the publisher:


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Please help get the word out to former shipmates and other interested people about the availability of this book.



I am currently working on another manuscript about the smaller coastal, inshore, and auxiliary motor (“Yard”) minesweepers, and hope that former crewmembers aboard these vessels will be interested in recounting their experiences to me. To this end, I have created a website: www.davidbruhn.com at which they may contact me.

Sincerely,

David D. Bruhn


www.davidbruhn.com



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From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships

Phoebe



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A small migratory bird of the flycatcher family native to North America.

(MSC-199: dp. 320; 1. 144'; b. 28'; dr. 9'; s. 13 k.; cpl. 39; a. 2 .30 cal. mg.)

The second Phoebe (AMS-199) was laid down by the Harbor Boat Building Co., Terminal Island, Calif. 26 February 1953, launched 21 August 1954, sponsored by Mrs. Anne Elizabeth Gotch; reclassified MSC-l99 on 7 February 1955; and commissioned 29 April 1955, Lt. George D. Ferguson in command.

After training out of Long Beach and San Diego, Phoebe served as a schoolship for the prospective crew of Whippoorwill (MSC-207) in early summer and in September, of Widgeon (MSC-208).

Phoebe became flagship of Mine Division 31, Mine Squadron 3, on 6 January 1956. She departed Long Beach 4 March for the Far East, touched the Hawaiian Islands, and arrived Yokosuka, Japan, 4 April. Six days later she shifted to Sasebo, her permanent base of operations. A unit of Mine Squadron 3, Phoebe spent the next eight years in a rigorous schedule of minehunting and warfare tactics with the 7th Fleet. Much of her time was taken for maneuvers with minesweeping units of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force, the Chinese Nationalist Navy, the Republic of Korea Navy, and the Republic of the Philippines Navy. This duty took her to the principal ports of Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Okinawa, and the Philippines.

Early 1964 was spent operating out of Japan and Okinawa In July Phoebe sailed for Subic Bay, the South China Sea, and Vietnam, returning to Subic Bay in August. A U.S. - Korean mine exercise was held in October, and a U.S. - Japanese mine exercise in December.

Phoebe spent five months of 1965 on "Market Time" operations in Vietnam. She spent the beginning, middle, and end of the year in Japan. During the year she steamed 24,000 miles, reaching as far from her homeport as Bangkok.

In March 1967 Phoebe resumed "Market Time" operations in Vietnam waters. Most of the rest of the year she operated out of Sasebo, with a combined U.S.- Republic of China mine exercise in September, and more "Market Time" service in November.

In February 1968 Phoebe took part in a combined U.S.- Japanese mine exercise. Most of the rest of the year she operated out of Sasebo, with a "Market Time" patrol in September and October, during which she boarded 201 junks and a U.S.- Korean mine exercise in November. As of late 1969 Phoebe was still operating out of Sasebo, Japan.

In Long Beach,October,1970, Phoebe was to be decommissioned and used as a training ship. On September 1, 1976, Phoebe was sold for scrapping by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service. REST IN PEACE OLD GIRL,YOU DID YOUR JOB.


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US Naval Historical Center


USS PHOEBE operations in the Far East
Phoebe became flagship of Mine Division 31, Mine Squadron 3, on 6 January 1956. She departed Long Beach 4 March for the Far East, touched the Hawaiian Islands, and arrived Yokosuka, Japan, 4 April. Six days later she shifted to Sasebo, her permanent base of operations. A unit of Mine Squadron 3, Phoebe spent the next eight years in a rigorous schedule of minehunting and warfare tactics with the U.S. 7th Fleet. Much of her time was taken for maneuvers with minesweeping units of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force, the Chinese Nationalist Navy, the Republic of Korea Navy, and the Republic of the Philippines Navy. This duty took her to the principal ports of Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Okinawa, and the Philippines.

Early 1964 was spent operating out of Japan and Okinawa In July Phoebe sailed for Subic Bay, the South China Sea, and Vietnam, returning to Subic Bay in August. A U.S.-Korean mine exercise was held in October, and a U.S.-Japanese mine exercise in Decemb Supporting Operation Market Time
Phoebe spent five months of 1965 on "Operation Market Time" in Vietnam. She spent the beginning, middle, and end of the year in Japan. During the year she steamed 24,000 miles, reaching as far from her homeport as Bangkok.

In March 1967 Phoebe resumed "Market Time" operations in Vietnam waters. Most of the rest of the year she operated out of Sasebo, with a combined U.S.-Republic of China mine exercise in September, and more "Market Time" service in November.


Boarding junks and other operations
In February 1968 Phoebe took part in a combined U.S.-Japanese mine exercise. Most of the rest of the year she operated out of Sasebo, with a "Market Time" patrol in September and October, during which she boarded 201 junks and a U.S.-Korean mine exercise in November. As of late 1969 Phoebe still operated out of Sasebo, Japan.


Decommissioning
Phoebe was decommissioned, (date unknown), struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1975, and was disposed of through the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service for scrap, 1 September 1976.

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