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USS Chimo (ACM 1)

Call sign:
Nan - Peter - Xray - Fox

ex-USAMP Colonel Charles W. Bundy (MP 15)

Chimo served both the U.S. Army and Navy

Chimo Class Auxiliary Minelayer:

  • Laid down in 1943 for the U.S. Army Coast Artillery Corps, Mine Planter Service as Colonel Charles W. Bundy (MP 15) by the Marietta Manufacturing Co., Point Pleasant, WV
  • Acquired by the Navy 7 April 1944 and commissioned USS Chimo (ACM 1) the same day
  • Converted to an Auxiliary Minelayer at the Norfolk Navy Yard
  • Decommissioned 21 May 1946 at San Francisco, CA
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in April 1948
  • Sold 28 September 1948
  • Acquired in 1958 by MV Day Island, Inc. of San Juan, Puerto Rico for use as a fishing boat and renamed Day Island
  • Sold in 1963 to Otha "Bill" Martin of San Diego, CA
  • Acquired in 1975 by Brac Fishing, Inc. of Medina, WA
  • Foundered 7 December 1977 in the Caribbean at 1210'N, 6920'W.


  • Displacement 1,300 t.
  • Length 188' 2"
  • Beam 37'
  • Draft 12' 6"
  • Speed 12.5 kts.
  • Complement 69
  • Armament: One 40mm gun mount, and four 20mm mounts
  • Propulsion: Two Combustion Engineering header type boilers, two 1,200shp Skinner Unaflow reciprocating engines, two shafts.
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    USAMP Colonel Charles W. Bundy (MP 15)
    Chimo 142k

    Charles Wright Bundy
    29 April 1890 - 12 December 1941

    Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, Virginia

    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 24 September 2021
    USS Chimo (ACM 1)
    Chimo 47k Charles Gross
    Chimo 56k In drydock at Sasebo, Japan
    Chimo 167k Passing movies to USS Obstructor (ACM-7) while en route to Saipan, September 1945
    Courtesy of Lieutenant Commander John J. Heard, USNR (Ret), 1978
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 86268
    Mike Green

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR John Winston Gross, USNR7 April 1944
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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