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Acme (MSO-508)

Call sign:
November - Echo - Whiskey - Victor


Acme Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 16 November 1954 as AM-508 at Frank L. Sample Inc., Boothbay Harbor, Maine
  • Reclassified as an Ocean Minesweeper, MSO-508, 7 February 1955
  • Launched 23 June 1955
  • Commissioned USS Acme (MSO-508), 4 March 1957
  • Decommissioned 6 November 1970 at Naval Inactive Ship Facility Long Beach, CA and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Navy Register 15 May 1976
  • Sold for scrap 6 January 1977 by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service to Oskco Edwards of Capistrano Beach, CA. for $30,000.


  • Displacement 633 t.(lt) , 750 t.(fl)
  • Length 173'
  • Beam 36'
  • Draft 14'
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 78
  • Armament: One 40mm gun mount and two .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Four General Motors diesel engines, two shafts, two controllable pitch propellers.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Acme 61k Courtesy of Bill Rouleau Dick Lewis
    102 Minesweepers website
    Acme 104k
    Acme 164k U.S. Navy photo Robert M. Cieri
    Acme 249k Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    Photo by Walter E. Frost from City of Vancouver Archives
    Michael Mohl
    Acme 72k c. 1959/1960
    Off Long Beach Naval Shipyard
    Captain Don Bodron, USCG, Ret.

    Commanding Officers
    01LT James Warren Foust, USN27 September 1956
    02LCDR Earle Leroy West, USN1958 - 14 July 1959
    03LCDR Wayne Lee Zimmerman, USN14 July 1960
    04LCDR John Louden Beck, USN - USNA Class of 19541964 - 27 May 1966
    05LCDR Merlin Kent Overholser, USN27 May 1966 - October 1968
    06CDR Albert Parrent Johnson, Jr.,USN - USNA Class of 1960October 1968 - 10 March 1970
    07LCDR Donald Andrew Stoufer, USN10 March 1970 - 6 November 1970
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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