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NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive

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Reaper (MSO 467)

Call sign:
November - Juliet - Lima - Mike

Aggressive Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 15 May 1952 at Wilmington Boat Works, Wilmington, CA
  • Launched 25 June 1954
  • Commissioned USS Reaper (AM-467), 10 November 1954
  • Reclassified as an Ocean Minesweeper MSO-467, 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned 22 September 1972
  • Transferred to the Ship Inactivation Maintenance Facility Pacific Reserve Fleet Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 February 1975
  • Sold for scrap 7 January 1977 by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service to Edward Hixson, Los Alamitos, CA, for $26,769.


  • Displacement 630 t.(lt), 755 t.(fl)
  • Length 172'
  • Beam 35'
  • Draft 10'
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 80
  • Armament: As built, one single 40 mm gun mount, two .50 cal machine guns, final configuration, bow gun replaced by one twin 20 mm gun mount, two .50 cal. machine guns remain
  • Propulsion: Four Packard ID1700 diesel engines, two shafts, two controllable pitch propellers.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Reaper (AM 467)
    Reaper 179k 28 September 1954
    National Archives photo from the Bureau of Ships collection ARC Identifier 6933253
    Robert Hurst
    USS Reaper (MSO 467)
    Reaper 41k Photo courtesy QMCM Dave Teems, Sr., USN, Ret. Dick Lewis
    102 Minesweeper Website
    Reaper 42k
    Reaper 255k Charles Lamm
    Embattle 361k 12 June 1963
    From the front to the back: Firm (MSO 444), Force (MSO 445), Reaper, Embattle (MSO 434), and Inflict (MSO 456)
    Delta Squad
    Reaper 253k c. April 1967
    Off the coast of Vietnam
    Photo taken from USS Caliente (AO 53)
    Bill Dougherty
    Reaper 130k c. 1960s.
    Somewhere in the Pacific Northwest
    From the American Legion Post, Newport, OR
    John Montgomery
    Reaper 45k c. 1960s.
    Somewhere in the Pacific Northwest
    K. Dupree, YNCS, USN, Ret.
    Reaper 30k c. Spring 1968
    Reaper en route to WestPac Deployment
    CDR R. C. Kahler, USN, Ret.
    Former Commanding Officer of Reaper 1968 - 1971
    1035k USS Reaper's decommissioning ceremony at Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility at Mare Island, 22 September 1972. Ships laid up in the background include Stafford (DE-411) and Atlas (ARL-7).
    Photo from the files of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    Darryl Baker

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Claytor Leroy Robertson, Jr., USN10 November 1954 - 6 February 1956
    02LT Thomas Joseph Murphy, Jr., USN6 June1956 - 6 March 1958
    03LCDR Francis Heffernan, USN6 March 1958 - 1960
    04LCDR Joseph James Hafner, USN1960 - 20 July 1962
    05LT/LCDR John Morton Henson, USN20 July 1962 - 14 May 1964
    06LCDR John Bentley Rivers, USN14 May 1964 - 18 March 1966
    07LCDR Robert Monroe Woolnough, USN18 March 1966 - 27 August 1968
    08LT/LCDR Robert Charles Kahler, USN27 August 1968 - 1971
    09CDR James Gordon Haller, USN1971 - 22 September 1972
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    View the Reaper (MSO-467)
    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website
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