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Execute (MSF 232)

Call sign:
November - Delta - Echo - Yankee


Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 29 March 1944 as Patrol Craft Escort, PCE-905 by the Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Co., Seattle, WA
  • Reclassified as a Minesweeper, AM-232
  • Launched 22 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS Execute (AM 232), 15 November 1944
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as December 1945
  • Decommissioned 6 August 1946 at Orange, TX
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-232, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 May 1962
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 945 t.(fl)
  • Length 184' 6"
  • Beam 33'
  • Draft 9' 9"
  • Speed 14.8 kts.
  • Complement 104
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose mount, one twin 40mm gun mount, six 20mm gun mounts, one depth charge projector (hedgehog), four depth charge projectors (K-guns), and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,710shp Cooper Bessemer GSB-8 diesel engines, National Supply Co. single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Execute (AM 232)
    Execute/Facility 145k Launch day
    Photo from the June 1944 edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Joe Radigan
    Photo added 3 March 2020
    Execute 93k 10 November 1944 Robert Hurst
    Execute 260k At Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Co., Seattle, WA on November 10, 1944, wearing camouflage 32/22D. The colors should be dull black and light gray, but navy blue was specified and used, which should make this Measure 32a
    National Archive photos 19-LCM-AM232-2 and 19-LCM-AM232-3
    Ships of the U.S. Navy in WWII “Dazzle” Camouflage
    Execute 171k
    USS Execute (AM 232)
    Execute 126k Signed by the ship's sponsor, Mrs. Raymond J. Huff, 15 November 1944 Kamaryn Tanner

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Roy Ernest Brenkman, USNR15 November 1944 - 25 September 1945
    02LT Boyd Samuel Brown, USNR25 September 1945 - 11 November 1945
    03LT Christopher George Knorr, USNR11 November 1945
    04LT William David Hughes, Jr., USNR25 November 1945
    05LTJG Robert Edward Earnheart, USNR11 April 1946
    06LTJG William James Wiggins, USNR15 May 1946
    07ENS Richard Thomas Swanson, USNR12 June 1946 - 6 August 1946
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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