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Force (MSO-445)

Call sign:
November - Oscar - Victor - Mike

Force was lost to fire 24 April 1973

Aggressive Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 26 August 1952 at J. M. Martinac Shipbuilding Corp., Tacoma, WA
  • Launched 26 June 1953
  • Commissioned USS Force (AM-445), 4 January 1955
  • Reclassified as an Ocean Minesweeper, MSO-445, 7 February 1955
  • Lost by fire off Guam 24 April 1973.


  • Displacement 775 t.
  • Length 172'
  • Beam 35'
  • Draft 12'
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 78
  • Armament: As built, one 40mm gun mount and two .50 cal. machine guns. Final configuration, bow gun replaced by one twin 20mm gun mount, two .50 cal. machine guns remained
  • Propulsion: Four Packard ID1700 diesel engines, replaced by four Waukasha Motors Co. diesel engines, two shafts, two controllable pitch propellers.
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    Force (AM 445)
    Force 51k 26 June 1953
    J. M. Martinac Shipbuilding Corp.
    USS Force (MSO 445)
    Force 116k . 102 Minesweeper
    Web Site
    Dick Lewis
    Force 122k Photo from the collection of Mike Sexton Tom Lawson
    Force 581k . Clarence Edwin Baker
    Crew member 1955 - 1958
    Force 152k Yokosuka, Japan
    In dry dock for repairs suffered in Typhoon Emma, 8 - 10 September 1956
    Force 201k
    Force 138k
    Force 152k
    Force 182k
    Force 155k Looking aft at one of the Packard diesel main engines
    Force 120k Side view of one of the Packard diesel main engines
    Force 184k Front view of one of the Packard diesel main engines
    Force 127k General Motors 3-71 diesel generator set
    Force 159k Engineroom gang 1955 - 1959
    Force 192k 3 December 1959
    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    Photo by Walter E. Frost from City of Vancouver Archives
    Michael Mohl
    Force 134k 23 April 1973
    Associated Press photo
    Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Jack Warren Boller, USN4 January 1955 - November 1956
    02LCDR Emmett Hulcy Tidd, USN - Awarded three Distinguished Service Medals, the Legion of Merit and three Navy Commendation Medals with Combat V
    Retired as Vice Admiral
    November 1956 - August 1958
    03LCDR Christopher A. Herbert, USNAugust 1958 - 1960
    04LCDR Clifford E. Schatz, USN1960 - February 1962
    05LCDR Abdiel Ralph Yingling, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1949February 1962 - July 1963
    06LCDR Walter Y. Brubaker, USNJuly 1963 - September 1965
    07LCDR Lyman Edward Krekel, USNSeptember 1965 - December 1966
    08LCDR George Harlan Hulderman, USNDecember 1966 - 1 November 1968
    09CDR Gilbert Edward Schmidt, USN1 November 1968 - 19 November 1968
    10LT Hulderman, USN19 November 1968 - May 1969
    11LCDR Joseph C. Picken, USNMay 1969 - August 1970
    12LCDR Thomas Morton Mustin, USN - USNA Class of 1962August 1970 - 1971
    13LCDR Jerry Lee Heitzman, USN1971 - April 1973
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website
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