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Partridge (AMS 31)

Call sign:
Nan - Charlie - Charlie - Oboe

Sunk 2 February 1951

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 3 October 1944 by the J. M. Martinac Corp., Tacoma, WA
  • Launched 22 April 1945
  • Completed and commissioned USS YMS-437, 25 July 1945
  • Reclassified as a Motor Minesweeper, AMS-31 and named Partridge 18 February 1947
  • Struck a mine in Wonson Harbor, Korea and sank 2 February 1951
  • Struck from the Naval Vessel Register 27 February 1951.


  • Displacement 350 t.
  • Length 136'
  • Beam 24' 6"
  • Draft 6' 1"
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 50
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 20mm mounts, two depth charge tracks, and two depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 880bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Partridge 41k c. 1947
    U.S. Navy photo
    Hyperwar U.S. Navy in WWII
    Incredible 125k Commanding Officers of Mine Division Thirty-one in conference off Korea, 26 October 1950. Probably taken in the wardroom of USS Incredible (AM 249) during minesweeping operations off Wonsan

    Those present are (from left to right):
    Lieutenant Edward P. Flynn, Commanding Officer of USS Incredible;
    Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Nicholas Grkovic, CO of USS Kite (AMS 22);
    Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Robert C. Fuller, CO of Partridge;
    Lieutenant Commander D'Arcy V. Shouldice, Commander, Mine Division 31;
    Lieutenant (Junior Grade) T.R. Howard, CO of USS Redhead (AMS-34);
    Lieutenant (Junior Grade) James P. McMahon, CO of USS Chatterer (AMS-40);
    Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Philip Levin, CO of USS Osprey (AMS 28) and
    Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Stanley P. Gary, CO of USS Mockingbird (AMS 27)
    National Archives photo 80-G-422081

    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Gilbert Q. McKinley, USNR25 July 1945 - 1946
    02LT James Carlton Wilson White, USN1946 - 1947
    03LTJG Paul Ross Wagner, USN1947 - March 1948
    04LT Robert C. Fuller, Jr., USN - Awarded the Silver Star (1950)1950
    05LT E. F. Hoey, USN1950
    06LTJG J. E. Carlson, USNRJanuary 1951 (Acting)
    07LTJG Boyers Morgan Clark, Jr., USN2 February 1951
    08LT Robert Ignatius Boland, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1946
    Awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal - Retired as Commander
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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