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Grouse (MSC[O] 15)

Call sign:
November - Quebec - Alpha - Alpha

Destroyed 28 September 1963

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 29 August 1942 by the Al Larson Boat Shop Inc., Terminal Island, CA
  • Launched 20 February 1943, sponsored by Mrs. H. Doty
  • Completed and commissioned as USS YMS-321, 25 October 1943
  • Named Grouse and reclassified as a Motor Minesweeper, AMS-15, 18 February 1947
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper (Old), MSC(O)-15, 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned 12 September 1957 and placed in reserve at Portland, ME
  • Placed in service 13 November 1958
  • Ran aground 21 September 1963 at Rockport, MA on the Little Salvages at Latitude 42 40' 24"N, Longitude 70 34' 29"W
  • Destroyed by explosives 28 September 1963 and struck from the Naval Register.


  • Displacement 270 t.
  • Length 136'
  • Beam 24' 6"
  • Draft 8'
  • Speed 13 kts.
  • Complement 50
  • 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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    USS Grouse (AMS 15)
    YMS-321 87k Joe Radigan
    YMS-321 211k Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 89228 Mike Green

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Newman, USN25 October 1943
    02LT D. M. Geahry, USNR1945
    03LTJG William Frank Regan, USN - USNA Class of 1947July 1949 - November 1951
    04LT Gilbert E. Waterman, USNRNovember 1951 - October 1952
    05LTJG James R. Gross, USNOctober 1952
    06LT Willis Clifford Barnes, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral1953
    07LT Arthur Richard Hasler, Jr., USN1955
    08LTJG K. G. Houghton, USN13 November 1958
    09LCDR Allen E. McCartney, USN1962 - 28 September 1963
    ??LCDR Sumner Kittelle Moore, USN - USNA Class of 1948-B
    Retired as Commander
    ??LT Strauss Samuel Leon, USN
    ??LT Darrell Dean Ruebsamen, USN - Awarded the Legion of Merit and the Navy Commendation Medal
    Retired as Captain
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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