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Waxbill (AMc-15)



Call sign:
November - India - Quebec - Whiskey

Coastal Minesweeper: Built in 1936 as the wooden-hulled purse seiner Leslie J. Fulton by F. L. Fulton, Antioch, CA; Purchased by the Navy, 19 November 1940 for eventual conversion to a Coastal Minesweeper; Commissioned as USS AMc-15, 26 November 1940; Named Waxbill 27 November 1940; Decommissioned, 20 January 1941 and entered General Engineering and Drydock Co., Alameda, CA for conversion to a Coastal Minesweeper; Recommissioned and placed in service, 19 February 1941; Decommissioned, 12 September 1944; Struck from the Naval Register, 14 October 1944; Transferred, 6 January 1945 to the Maritime Commission's War Shipping Administration and sold to her original owner, F. L. Fulton. Fate unknown.

Specifications: Displacement 195 t.; Length 83' 2"; Beam 20' 11"; Draft 5'; Depth of Hold 10'; Speed 10 kts; Complement 11; Armament one .30 cal. machine gun; Propulsion diesel.


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Purse Seiner Leslie J. Fulton
Leslie J. Fulton 71k Photographed prior to her Navy service.
U.S. Navy Photo NH 102017
Naval Historical Center
Leslie J. Fulton 94k Photographed prior to her Navy service.
U.S. Navy Photo NH 102018
Naval Historical Center
USS Waxbill (AMc 15)
Waxbill 29k 14 July 1941
U.S. Navy photo
Hyperwar U.S. Navy in WWII

View the Waxbill (AMc-15)
DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway web site
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S.Navy Memorial Foundation
Fleet Reserve Association

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Naval Minewarfare Association
Association of Minemen

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