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Bobolink (AT[O] 131)

Call sign:
Nan - Peter - Nan - Fox


Call sign (1939):
Negat - Int - Jig - Jig

ex-Minesweeper No. 20

Call sign (1919):
George - Tare - Rush - Sail

Lapwing Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 29 October 1917 by the Baltimore Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Co., Baltimore, MD
  • Launched 15 June 1918
  • Commissioned USS Bobolink, Minesweeper No. 20, 28 January 1919
  • Classified AM-20, 17 July 1920
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Tug, AT-131, 1 June 1942
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Tug (Old), AT(O)-131, 15 May 1944
  • Decommissioned 22 February 1946 at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal and sold 5 October 1946
  • Fate unknown.

    AM-20 Specifications:

  • Displacement 950 t.
    1942 - 1,350 t.
  • Length 187' 10"
  • Beam 35' 6"
  • Draft 8' 10"
    1942 - 13' 1"
  • Speed 14 kts.
    1942 - 11.8 kts.
  • Complement 78
  • Armament: Two 3" mounts
    1942 - Two 3"/50 dual purpose mounts and two 20mm mounts
  • Propulsion: Two Babcock and Wilcox boilers, triple expansion reciprocating steam engine, one shaft
    1942 - Two 200psi saturated steam Babcock and Wilcox header boilers, one 1,400shp Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. vertical triple expansion reciprocating steam engine.
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    USS Bobolink (Minesweeper No. 20)
    Bobolink 206k Photo from "Sweeping the North Sea Mine Barrage" by the U.S. Navy North Sea Minesweeping Detachment Joe Radigan
    Bobolink 69k
    Bobolink 281k
    USS Bobolink (AM 20)
    Bobolink 98k Alongside an unidentified minesweeper.
    U. S. Navy photo from the Navy Recruitment Bureau, New York
    Jon Burdett
    Bobolink 383k c. July 1924
    Boston Navy Yard
    Alongside the SS Boston that collided with the Tanker Swift Arrow 22 July 1924 off Point Judith, RI
    Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones collection
    Boston Public Library
    Bobolink 131k Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941. View of USS California (BB 44), taken a day or two after the Japanese raid. Bobolink, at left, USS Vireo (AM 52) and YW-10 are off the battleship's stern, assisting with efforts to keep her afloat.
    From the collection of Vice Admiral Homer N. Wallin, USN, Ret.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 95569
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Bobolink (AT 131)
    Bobolink 89k At Pearl Harbor on 6 August 1942
    National Archives photo 19-N-34740 of U.S. Navy photo 285242
    Mike Green

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Frank Bruce, USN - Awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (1919 - Posthumously)28 January 1919 - 14 May 1919
    02LTJG Orie Hugh Small, USN14 May 1919 - 16 May 1919
    03LTJG Howard James Gordon, USN16 May 1919
    04LT Frank Bruce, USN30 May 1919
    05LT John Ross McKean, USN30 August 1920 - 21 November 1921
    06LT Frank Kinne, USN21 November 1921 - 20 January 1923
    07LT Floyd Matthews, USN20 January 1923 - 23 July 1923
    08Boatswain Birney Osro Halliwell, USN23 July 1923
    09Boatswain Albert Charles Fraenzel, USN15 January 1926
    10Boatswain Joseph Casper Konieczny, USN27 August 1926
    11Boatswain Albert Charles Fraenzel, USN21 July 1927
    12LT Clyde Charlie Laws, USN30 May 1929
    13LT Walter Clayton Haight, USN17 June 1932
    14LT Carl Frederick Espe, USN - USNA Class of 1922
    Retired as Vice Admiral
    21 May 1933
    15LT Norman Barton Hopkins, USN - USNA Class of 19208 June 1934
    16LT William Hartenstein, USN4 January 1937
    17LT Hal Carter Jones, USN - USNA Class of 192123 June 1939
    18LT James Lewis Foley, USN - USNA Class of 1929
    Awarded the Silver Star (November 1942) and Legion of Merit (April 1944)
    10 November 1941 - 8 June 1943
    19LT Harry Lee Sigleer, USN8 June 1943 - 1 October 1943
    20ENS Fulton Glen Reed, USN1 October 1943 - 5 December 1943
    21LT Elmar Louis Alfred Rau, USN5 December 1943 - 30 August 1944
    22LTJG Fulton Glen Reed, USN30 August 1944 - 1 April 1945
    23LT Edward Lewis Givins, USN1 April 1945 - 1 September 1945
    24LTJG Clair Augustine, USN1 September 1945 - 1 December 1945
    25LT James Calder Linville, USN1 December 1945 - 22 February 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

    View the Bobolink (AM-20)
    DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway website
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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