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|USS Lark (Minesweeper No. 21)
|249k||Photo from "Sweeping the North Sea Mine Barrage" by the U.S. Navy North Sea Minesweeping Detachment||Joe Radigan|
|143k||Review of the Atlantic Fleet Minesweeping Squadron, November 1919. Lapwing (Minesweeper No. 1) and other ships of the squadron anchored in the Hudson River, off New York City, while being reviewed by Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels on 24 November 1919, following their return to the United States after taking part in clearing the North Sea mine barrage. The other ships visible are: Lark, with USS SC-208 alongside (at left); and USS Swan (Minesweeper No. 34) with USS SC-356 alongside (at right).
U.S. Navy photo NH 44903
|Naval Historical Center|
|118k||Review of the Atlantic Fleet Minesweeping Squadron, November 1919. Ships of the squadron anchored in the Hudson River, off New York City, while being reviewed by Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels on 24 November 1919, following their return to the United States after taking part in clearing the North Sea mine barrage. Identifiable ships present include (left column, from front to rear): USS Turkey (Minesweeper No. 13); USS Quail (Minesweeper No. 15) with SC-354 alongside; Lark with SC-208 alongside; USS Swan (Minesweeper No. 34) with SC-356 alongside; and USS Flamingo (Minesweeper No. 32) with an unidentified submarine chaser alongside. (right column, from front to rear): USS Thrush (Minesweeper No. 18); Two unidentified minesweepers, one of which is probably Lapwing; USS Kingfisher (Minesweeper No. 25); and, in no particular order, tugs Patapsco and Patuxent. USS SC-245 is at the far right, passing between the two anchored columns.
U.S. Navy photo NH 44904
|USS Lark (AM 21)
HUSKY SAMOAN NATIVES, ENLISTED IN THE U.S. NAVY MAINLY FOR LOCAL DUTY, MAN A BOAT IN PAGO PAGO HARBOR. - Known as the Fita-Fita Guard, their uniform includes regulation Navy undershirt, native loincloth and red cap. The Yankee is anchored astern of the USS Lark, a minesweeper, in the mountain-girt port of this United States outpost in the South Pacific.
National Geographic Society photo by Malcolm Evans
|Royce W. Grimes|
The Black Gang (Engineers)
|USS Lark (AT 168)
|45k||c. 1944||Royce W. Grimes|
|USS Lark (AT[O] 168)
Hollandia, New Guinia
|Royce W. Grimes|
|45k||Ships mascot "Digger"|
Lark's last get together. Put the ship out of commission in February 1946 and all went home.
Richard Meek's Mother and Father are in the picture (rear middle against the wall and to the right of the door). They were married in 1946, just before the picture was taken and the Lark
Photo by Plymouth Pictures of San Francisco, CA
|Original photo: Royce W. Grimes
Replacement photo: Richard Meeks
|01||LT Henry Aloysius Stanley, USN - Awarded the Navy Cross (1920)||12 April 1919|
|02||LTJG Svend Julius Skou, USN||10 December 1920|
|03||LT Robert Rohange, USN - Awarded the Navy Cross (1920)|
Retired as Lieutenant
|26 December 1921|
|04||LT Neils Drustrup, USN - Awarded the Medal of Honor (1914) and the Navy Cross (1920)|
Retired as Lieutenant Commander
|28 October 1923|
|05||LT John McCloy, USN||27 November 1923|
|06||LT Rony Snyder, USN||14 October 1927 - 1930|
|07||LT John Wendell Jamison, USN||2 October 1930|
|08||LT Nealy Adolphus Chapin, USN||27 May 1933 - January 1935|
|09||LT Hugh David Black, Jr., USN||2 January 1935 - January 1938|
|10||LT John Orla Jenkins, USN||15 January 1938 - 30 November 1939|
|11||Chief Gunner Henry Wilson Mabus, USN||30 November 1939 - 25 January 1940 (Acting)|
|12||LT John Orla Jenkins, USN||25 January 1940 - March 1941|
|13||LCDR Hugh Pollard Thompson, USN||31 March 1941 - 1942|
|14||LCDR Eugene Carter Rider, USN||23 March 1942|
|15||LCDR Rowe, USN||30 April 1943 - June 1944|
|16||LCDR Paul Lindlay, USN - Retired as Captain||6 June 1944 - 18 June 1945|
|17||LT Herbert Fendle Hugo, USN||18 June 1945 - 7 February 1946|
The U.S.S. Lark is a Seagoing Tug to be exact, but to her crew is more than this; she is the "Mighty Lark."
Our ship is not an inanimate object, but rather a living, pulsating being to all of us who have come to depend upon her for our very life; each one of us has a definite job to do, as members of her crew, and it is the aggregate of these duties that is the life's blood of our "Good Ship."
The Mighty Lark is no softie, nor is she an infant, but a mature lady that can (when the occasion arises) perform most any task that her "Uncle" calls upon her to do; for over a quarter of a century, she has not failed him, but has served him faithfully and when the going got the toughest, she did not flinch, but turned to, with a will that left no doubt, as to her being a true American.
To serve one's country in peace and war for so long a time, in such an admirable manner as the Lark has is one thing; to do this with no world acclaim is another; it is easy to keep on when the world's applause rings in one's ear, but to steadily plod along, doing the more difficult tasks (such as a seagoing tug is forever doing) requires courage beyond the average conception of the word.
When the time came for "Uncle Sam's" ships to leave the Phillippean Islands, temporarily, then the "Mighty Lark" was the last to do so; reluctantly, she sailed away with the admonition, she would return.
Now, after two years; hard years, weary hours, silent service, the "Mighty Lark" returns to the Phillippeans bringing with her, many of her "Sisters" and the much needed materials of war; she is a bit older, but stronger than ever and "Armed to the Teeth;" she looks stately in her battle dress of blue-gray and proud as she leads her little fleet of tugs into San Pedro Bay, and will give a good account for herself to anyone who might attempt to stop her.
Our lady remembers the time when she was dressed in white and when her spotless decks echoed a bit more laughter; because of this, she is happy to be coming home; this is her home, for it has been many years since she has been to the United States; no stateside leave for her, she was always too busy.
We of the crew, also, are proud and happy to share the "Mighty Lark" homecoming, for we are a part of her; we recall the many tasks that we have accomplished together. We think of all the former members of the crew, many of whom are in far distant places, on other ships, or at other bases, who will rejoice with us when the news of the Lark's return reaches them, for we know that they too have a tender spot in their hearts for the "Good Ship" on which they once served.
There are larger ships in the fleet, but none can boast of being independent of the "Seagoing Tugs" who are always in there "Pitching" to lend a helping hand to another ship in distress, or towing barges and supplies to where ever they may be needed, in fair weather or foul and to fight if needed, to accomplish the
The "Mighty Lark" and her sister tugs are always ready to go any place and to pull anything afloat; other ships depend upon them and are secure in the knowledge that the tug will not fail them; this is the "Lark's" compensantion for her efforts; she expects no medals or commendation, other than the honor her "Uncle" pays her when he says "Well Done."
(Author unknown) - Courtesy of Royce W. Grimes
1 June 1984
Didn't we have a dog named Digger?
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