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NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive

Courtesy of Tommy Trampp

Boggs (AG 19)
ex-Boggs (DMS-3)

DMS-3 call sign:
Nan - Able - Mike - Tare

ex-Boggs (AG-19)
ex-Light Target No. 2 (IX 36)
ex-Boggs (DD 136)
ex-Boggs (Destroyer No. 136)

Call sign (1919):
George - Tare - Cast - Quack

Wickes Class Destroyer/Dorsey Class Highspeed Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 15 November 1917 at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA
  • Launched 25 April 1918
  • Commissioned USS Boggs, Destroyer No. 136, 23 September 1918
  • Designated DD-136, 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned 29 June 1922
  • Reclassified as an Unclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary and renamed Light Target No. 2 (IX 36), 11 August 1931
  • Renamed Boggs and reclassified as a Miscellaneous Auxiliary, AG-19, 5 September 1931
  • Recommissioned 19 December 1931
  • Reclassified as a Highspeed Minesweeper, DMS-3, 19 November 1940
  • Again reclassified as a Miscellaneous Auxiliary, AG-19, 5 June 1945
  • Decommissioned 20 May 1946
  • Struck from the Navy Register 12 April 1946
  • Sold for scrap 27 November 1946.


  • Displacement 1,060 t.
  • Length 314' 5"
  • Beam 31' 4"
  • Draft 11' 4"
  • Speed 32.5 kts.
  • Complement 149
  • Armament: Three 3"/50 dual purpose mounts and one twin 40mm mount
  • Propulsion: Three Normand boilers, two 26,000shp New York Shipbuilding Co. (Parsons design) geared turbines, Mare Island Navy Yard single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS Boggs (DD 136)
    Boggs 68k DD-136 at anchor, circa 1919-1921
    U.S. Navy photo NH 766
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Boggs (AG 19)
    934k Boggs (DMS-3): Booklet of General Plans - Outboard Profile / Inboard Profile. National Archives Identifier: 78116429
    Photo courtesy of
    Boggs 112k Blowing off steam after a run while employed as a radio controlled target ship, circa 1933-1935. She still wears the bow number "136".
    Collection of Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, USN
    Naval Historical Center photos NH 99143 and NH-98833
    Barb Rebold
    Boggs 121k
    Boggs 101k Postcard post marked 18 June 1934, New York Tommy Trampp
    Boggs 148k AG-19 operating at sea as a radio controlled target, 26 March 1936. She still wears her destroyer hull number, despite having been redesignated AG-19 nearly five years earlier
    U.S. Navy photo NH 98833
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Boggs (DMS 3)
    Boggs 206k . Barb Rebold
    Boggs 139k 22 October 1941
    Off Mare Island Navy Yard
    U.S. Navy photo 2839-41
    Darryl Baker
    Boggs 241k DMS-3 photographed circa early 1942, probably off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California
    U.S. Navy Photo NH 98834
    c. October 1941
    Original photo: Naval History and Heritage Command
    Replacement photo: Ed Zajkowski
    Boggs 74k DMS-3 arrives at Pearl Harbor from Canton Island, 2 March 1943
    U.S. Navy photo 80-G-276612
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Boggs (AG 19)
    Boggs 177k c. 1945
    As AG-19 for the second time
    Barb/Paul Rebold
    Boggs 151k AG-19 photographed in June 1945.
    Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 81406
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR Harold V. McKittrick, USN23 September 1918
    02LCDR Boyd Rufus Alexander, USN19 December 1931
    03LCDR Melvin Hughes Bassett, USN - Retired as Rear AdmiralJune 1935 - June 1937
    04LCDR Kenneth Carlton Caldwell, USN1938
    05LCDR Edwin Thomas Layton, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral28 April 1939
    06LCDR David Gillies Roberts, USN1941
    07LCDR Frank Paull Mitchell, Jr., USN - Retired as Rear AdmiralMarch 1942 - 18 March 1943
    08CDR Howard Riche Prince, USN18 June 1943
    09LCDR William K. Chrisholm, USN13 March 1944
    10LCDR Ralph L. R. Johnson, USN19 November 1944
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

    View the Boggs (DMS-3)
    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site.
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    NavSource Destroyer Pages, USS Boggs (DD-136)
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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