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Swallow (AM 4)



Call sign (1924):
Nan - Easy - Fox - Love


Call sign (1919):
George - Tare - Vice - King

ex-Minesweeper No. 4


Lapwing Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 18 March 1918 by the Todd Shipyard Corp., New York, NY
  • Launched 4 July 1918
  • Commissioned USS Swallow (Minesweeper No. 4), 8 October 1918
  • Designated AM-4 in 1920
  • Ran aground 19 February 1938 at Kanaga Island, Aleutian Islands, AK and was stranded
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register 5 May 1938.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 950 t.
  • Length 187' 10"
  • Beam 35' 6"
  • Draft 9' 9"
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 78
  • Armament: Two 3" guns
  • Propulsion: Two Babcock and Wilcox boilers, one triple expansion reciprocating steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Swallow 102k Photo by Mickey Hawkins Marshall Hawkins
    Swallow 186k U.S. Navy Martin T3M-1 (No. 1T9) taking off from unidentified harbor. In the backgroung the Swallow is anchored, with three more biplanes parked near the shore line
    U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum photo 2011.003.205.012
    Mike Green

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Bennie Clark Phillips, USN - Awarded the Navy Cross (1919)8 October 1918
    02LT Frederick Benjamin Webber, USN8 January 1919
    03LT Peter John Gundlach, USN10 November 1922
    04LT Roy Melvin Cottrell, USN10 October 1923
    05LT Charles William Van Horn, USN16 November 1924
    06LT Omar Brown Earle, USN6 September 1928
    07LT Orio Hugh Small, USN1 December 1927 - 4 August 1931
    08LT John Ford Warris, USN4 August 1931 - 1934
    09LCDR Bern Anderson, USN30 April 1934
    10LT Artyn Little Maia, USN10 June 1935 - 19 February 1938
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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    Association of Minemen
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