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Valor (MSO 472)

Call sign:
November - Quebec - Sierra - Golf

Aggressive Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 28 April 1952 by the Burger Boat Co., Manitowoc WI
  • Launched 13 May 1953
  • Commissioned USS Valor (AM-472), 29 July 1954
  • Reclassified as an Ocean Minesweeper, MSO-472, 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned 16 July 1970 at Charleston, SC
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 February 1971
  • Sold for scrap to Charles Gural of Rahway, NJ, for $1,700.


  • Displacement 775 t.
  • Length 172'
  • Beam 35'
  • Draft 12'
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 88
  • Armament: As built, one single 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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    Size Image Description Source
    Valor 14k 102 Minesweeper
    Dick Lewis
    Al Hines
    Avenge 192k Navy Yard Charleston, SC
    Avenge (MSO 423) and Valor in Dry Dock
    Robert Hall
    Valor 33k Ron Reeves
    Valor 73k
    Avenge 480k 17 March 1955
    Valor, Avenge (MSO 423) and an identified MSO in dry dock
    Michael Mohl
    Valor 120k c. 1959
    Passing through the Strait of Gibraltar while pulling duty with the Belgium Navy
    U.S. Navy photo from the September 1960 edition of All Hands magazine
    Joe Radigan

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Charles Ronald Davis, USN29 July 1954 - November 1955
    02LCDR William Lester Sheppard, USNNovember 1955 - February 1957
    03LCDR Harry Cline Dittler, Jr., USNFebruary 1957 - 1958
    04LCDR Thomas Henry Nugent, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 19481958 - 1960
    05LCDR James Irvin Gresham, USN1960 - 1962
    06CDR Stanford William Coston, Jr., USN1963
    07LCDR Stanislaus Gregory Dyro, USNDecember 1965 - 25 July 1966
    08LCDR John Charles Fisher, USN25 July 1966 - 28 June 1967
    09LCDR William Leo Lipford, USN26 August 1967
    10LT Jerome Anthony Nawrocki, USN(Acting) 10 July 1968
    11LCDR William Leo Lipford, USN9 September 1968
    12LT William Albert Farnsworth, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 19653 February 1970 - 16 July 1970
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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