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Symbol (AM 123)

Call sign:
November - Bravo - Echo - Delta

Symbol served the Navies of the United States and Mexico.

Auk Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 18 November 1941 by Savannah Machinery and Foundry Co., Savannah, GA
  • Launched 2 July 1942
  • Commissioned USS Symbol (AM 123), 10 December 1942
  • Damaged 10 June 1944 by near-miss from heavy German air raid off Anzio, Italy
  • Decommissioned 31 May 1946 at San Diego, CA
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists out of commission, in reserve as December 1945
  • Recommissioned, 28 October 1950
  • Placed out of commission, in reserve, 27 July 1956
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 July 1972, transferred to Mexico and renamed ARM Guillermo Prieto (G 02)
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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 1,766shp General Motors 12-278 diesel electric engines, Farrel-Birmingham reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Symbol 89k Clay Riley EM2
    Frank Hall
    Symbol 40k Joe Radigan
    Symbol 263k David Buell
    Symbol 53k Recovering a "Dummy" mine Frank Hall
    Symbol 167k
    Symbol 118k Russ Padden

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Robert Copeland Brown, USN10 December 1942 - 8 June 1943
    02LCDR Richard Lagreze, USNR8 June 1943 - 23 February 1945
    03LCDR Eldred Donald Caldwell, USNR23 February 1945 - 10 April 1946
    04LTJG Cecil L. Griffin, Jr., USNR10 April 1946
    05ENS James Irvin Wyer, USNR1 May 1946 - 31 May 1946
    06LT Paul Donald Drummond, USN28 October 1950 - September 1951
    07LT Hans T. Jacobsen, USNRSeptember 1951 - September 1952
    08LCDR Ernest Edward Hollyfield, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1944September 1952 - April 1954
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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