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Tercel (MSF-386)

Call sign:
November - India - Golf - Charlie

Auk Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 16 May 1944 by the American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, OH
  • Launched 16 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS Tercel (AM-386), 21 August 1945
  • Decommissioned 10 November 1954 at Orange, TX and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-386, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 July 1972 and scrapped.


  • Displacement 890 t.
  • Length 221' 1"
  • Beam 32' 2"
  • Draft 10' 9"
  • Speed 18.1 kts.
  • Complement 117
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 40mm gun mounts, six 20mm gun mounts, one depth charge thrower (hedgehogs), four depth charge projectors (K-guns) and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,766shp General Motors 12-278A diesel electric drive engines, Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Tercel 102k c. 1951 Ed Zajkowski
    Tanager 14k c. 1953
    Marseille, France
    Left to right: Staff (AM-114), Towhee (AM 388), Tanager (AM 385) and Tercel
    Bob Gerety,
    AM-385 crew member
    Bob's Minesweeper Site
    Tercel 55k U.S. Navy photos Albert J. Flis, (RM2)
    crew member, 1953/1954
    Tercel 74k
    Tercel 57k

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Magruder Dent, Jr., USNR - Retired as Commander21 August 1945 - 24 November 1945
    02LCDR Charles Edward Washburn, USNR24 November 1945 - 17 June 1946
    03LT Ronald Eugene Gill, USN17 June 1946
    04LT Hal "M" Winner, USN6 August 1946
    05LCDR Herbert Hamilton Ries, USN - USNA Class of 1943
    Retired as Captain
    15 February 1948 - June 1949
    06LCDR Albert Jack Bartlett, USN1951 - 1952
    07LCDR Alvah John Jones, USN1952 - 1953
    08LT Robert Francis Vales, USN1953 - November 1954
    09LTJG Robert Y. Garrett, III, USNRNovember 1954
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, Robert Garrett, Joe Radigan and R. A. Moody

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