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Courlan (MSC[O] 44)

Call sign:
November - Alpha - Whiskey - Echo

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 26 June 1941 by the San Diego Marine Construction Co., San Diego, CA
  • Launched 13 March 1942
  • Completed 12 August 1942 and commissioned as USS YMS-114
  • Reclassified as a Motor Minesweeper, AMS-44 and named Courlan 1 September 1947 and assigned as a Naval Reserve training vessel in the 8th Naval District (New Orleans)
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper (Old), MSC(O)-43, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 November 1959
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 270 t.
  • Length 136'
  • Beam 24' 6"
  • Draft 8'
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 32
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 20mm mounts 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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    Size Image Description Source
    YMS-114 108k c. 1945
    San Francisco Bay
    Courtesy of Donald McPherson, 1976
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 84968
    Mike Green

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Parker Emanuel Cherry, USNR8 January 1942 - May 1943
    02LT John Edward Boyle, Jr., USNRMay 1943 - September 1943
    03LTJG Russell Remage, Jr., USNRSeptember 1943 - February 1944
    04LTJG/LT Melvin Bernard Griffin, USNRFebruary 1944 - July 1945
    05LT R. E. Ward, USNRJuly 1945 - September 1945
    06LTJG Clinton L. Dornbush, USNRSeptember 1945 - February 1946
    07LTJG Ralph C. Kersten, USNRFebruary 1946
    08LT Clifford Wayne Loree, USNR1950 - February 1952
    09LT George D. MacDonald, Jr., USNRFebruary 1952 - 1953
    10LT Lee Baggett, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1950
    Awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (1988), two Navy Distinguished Service Medals (1982/1985), Legion of Merit (1977), two Bronze Stars and the Meritorious Service Medal - Retired as Admiral
    1953 - 1955
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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