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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/LCDR James Warren Foust, USN27 September 1956 - 10 January 1958
    02LCDR Harley Gaylord Leland, USN10 January 1958 - 31 December 1958
    03LCDR Earle Leroy West, USN21 December 1958 - 14 July 1960
    04LCDR/CDR Wayne Lee Zimmerman, USN14 July 1960 - 19 September 1962
    05LT/LCDR Richard Nord Peterson, USN19 September 1962 - 2 July 1964
    06LCDR John Louden Beck, USN - USNA Class of 19542 July 1964 - 27 May 1966
    07LCDR Merlin Kent Overholser, USN27 May 1966 - October 1968
    08CDR Albert Parrent Johnson, Jr.,USN - USNA Class of 1960October 1968 - 10 March 1970
    09LCDR Donald Andrew Stoufer, USN10 March 1970 - 6 November 1970
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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