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Courtesy of LT Philip M.Palmer
Commanding Officer 1960 - 1962
Inscription on plaque reads "Guardian of the Coast"

Meadowlark (MSC 196)

Meadowlark served the Navies of the United States and Indonesia

Falcon Class Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 18 May 1953 as AMS-196 by Broward Marine Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Launched 28 August 1954
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-196, 7 February 1955
  • Commissioned USS Meadowlark (MSC 196), 14 May 1955
  • Transferred to Indonesia in 1971 and renamed Pulau Alau (M 717)
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 May 1976
  • Sold 1 September 1976
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 362 t.
  • Length 144' 3"
  • Beam 27' 2"
  • Draft 12'
  • Speed 13.6 kts.
  • Complement 39
  • Armament: Two .50 cal. machine guns and one 81mm mortar
  • Propulsion: Two 600shp Packard diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Meadowlark 77k c. 1961
    Transiting the Panama Canal
    Photo courtesy of LT Philip M. Palmer, Commanding Officer 1960 - 1962
    Tom Lawson

    Commanding Officers
    01LT John Philip Cromwell, Jr., USN10 May 1955 - 14 April 1957
    02LT Rodion Cantacuzene, USN14 April 1957 - November 1958
    03LT Paul Richard Foley, USNNovember 1958 - 28 July 1960
    04LT Philip Maynard Palmer, USN28 July 1960 - 14 June 1962
    05LT Alex Anthony Martella, Jr., USN14 June 1962 - December 1963
    06LT Paul Hamilton Jacobs, USNDecember 1963 - 4 December 1966
    07LT Morris Dempster Busby, USN4 December 1966 - 1967
    08LT William Winston Medaris, USN1967 - 24 September 1968
    09LTJG Philip E. Gilbert, USN24 September 1968
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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    Association of Minemen
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