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Courtesy of Gerard Buonincontri, ET3

Prevail (AGS 20)

Call sign:
November - Alpha - Romeo - Xray

Auk Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 15 November 1941 by Pennsylvania Shipyards, Inc., Beaumont, TX
  • Launched 13 September 1942
  • Commissioned USS Prevail (AM-107), 17 April 1943
  • Decommissioned 31 May 1946 at San Pedro, CA and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists out of commission, in reserve as December 1945
  • Recommissioned 1 April 1952 as a Survey Ship, AGS-20
  • Decommissioned in 1963
  • Struck from the Naval Register,10 January 1964
  • Sold for scrap 13 October 1964 to Union Minerals and Alloys Corp. of New York, NY.


  • Displacement 890 t.
  • Length 221' 2"
  • Beam 32'
  • Draft 10' 9"
  • Speed 18.1 kts.
  • Complement 105
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 40mm gun mounts, two 20mm gun mounts, two depth charge tracks and five depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 3,118shp Busch Sulzer 539 diesel electric engines, Westinghouse reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS Prevail (AM 107)
    Prevail 91 Stern view of Dextrous (AM 341), Steady (AM 118) and Prevail Ron Reeves
    Prevail 110 23 April 1943
    U.S. Navy photo.
    Joe Radigan
    Prevail 49k c. December 1945
    Shanghai, China
    Nested outboard of Threat (AM 124) and Velocity (AM 128)
    Hyperwar U.S. Navy in World War II
    Velocity 131k c. December 1945
    Shanghai, China.
    Nested outboard of Threat (AM 124) and Velocity (AM 128).
    Dennis E. Wright
    Prevail 148 c. 1952
    After recommissioning.
    John Adler
    USS Prevail (AGS 20)
    Prevail 83 c. 1957
    U.S. Navy photo from the 1958/1959 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Original photo: Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst
    Prevail 84 . Gerard Buonincontri, ET3 via John Buonincontri
    Prevail 70 Brooklyn Navy Yard
    Prevail 94 Navy Repair Facility, Staten Island, NY
    Prevail 67
    Prevail 59
    Prevail 73 c. 1957
    La Scie, Newfoundland, Canada
    John Adler EM1 (former crew member)
    Prevail 69 20 August 1958
    Gerard Buonincontri, ET3 via John Buonincontri

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR Adelbert Vernon Wallis, USNR17 April 1943
    02LCDR William McCarroll Mark, USNR20 February 1944
    03LT Louis Louis Henry B. Graham, Jr., USNR9 October 1945
    04LTJG Stuart Gregory Cullen, USN18 November 1945 - 31 May 1946
    ??LCDR Jerome Arthur O'Connell, USN - USNA Class of 1956
    Awarded the Navy Commendation Medal - Retired as Captain
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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