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Broadbill (MSF 58)

Call sign:
November - Bravo - Delta - Foxtrot

Auk Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 23 July 1941 by the Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, MI
  • Launched 21 May 1942
  • Commissioned USS Broadbill (AM 58), 13 October 1942
  • Decommissioned 3 June 1946 at San Diego, CA
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists decommissioning and placed in reserve date as December 1945
  • Recommissioned 19 March 1952
  • Decommissioned 25 January 1954 at Orange, TX
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-58, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 July 1972
  • Sold 1 December 1973
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 890 t.
  • Length 221' 2"
  • Beam 32' 2"
  • Draft 10' 9"
  • Speed 18.1 kts.
  • Complement 105
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 40mm gun mounts, eight 20mm guns, two depth charge tracks, and five depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 1,559shp ALCO 539 diesel electric engines, Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Broadbill 185k Broadbill with YMS-43 alongside. Tom Turk
    Broadbill 283k c. 1952
    Shortly after her recommissioning.
    Walter Jablonski

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR John Belton Cleland, Jr., USN13 October 1942 - 1 April 1943
    02LCDR Ernest A. Ruth, Jr., USN1 April 1943
    03LCDR Oscar Berndherd Lundgren, USN1 June 1943 - 1 January 1945
    04LT Robert Sherman Juhl, USN1 January 1945 - 1 April 1945
    05LCDR Edward E. Burrowes, USN1 April 1945
    06LCDR Edward Patrick O'Callahan, Jr., USN22 August 1945 - 12 November 1945
    07LT Martin B. Greenberg, USN12 November 1945 - 3 June 1946
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website
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    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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