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|138k||San Francisco Bay, circa 1945
Courtesy of Donald McPherson, 1976
Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 84991
|46k||Chief Motor Machinist Mate Murdock Rozell Hewett enlisted in the Navy on 18 May 1939. Upon completion of training was assigned to the destroyer USS Rueben James (DD-245) on 9 September 1939. He served aboard Rueben James until he was transferred to the American Locomotive Company on 20 February 1941 for training on diesel engines. He was then assigned to the USS Betelguese (AK-28) once training was completed arriving aboard on 14 June 1941. He served on the AK until being reassigned to Norfolk 26 January 1943 for additional training on diesel motors. He was next assigned to the USS SC-1306 when she was commissioned on 4 September 1943. On 18 June 1944 he was transferred back to U.S. Naval Training Sstation Norfolk [Virginia] for further training. Having completed training he was part of the commission crew for the USS YMS-470 on 14 October 1944. His service aboard ended on 31 May 1945 when his orders transferred him to stateside San Francisco, California
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|USS Swan (AMS 37)|
|95k||Naval Minecraft Base Charleston, SC. View of Pier Baker from the Ashley River showing crowded mooring condition at pier
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|01||LTJG S. S. Rapport, USNR||1945|
|02||LT G. A. Cashman, USNR||8 November 1950 - July 1952|
|03||LT William R. Steers, USNR||July 1952 - October 1952|
|04||LTJG R. S. Burton, USN||October 1952|
|??||LCDR Charles Henry Garner, USN|
Any of various heavy-bodied, long-necked, mostly pure white aquatic birds, related to but larger than the goose. These birds walk awkwardly but fly strongly once started and swim gracefully.
The second Swan was laid down on 12 August 1943 by the Gibbs Gas Engine Co., at Jacksonville, Fla., as PCS-1438; redesignated YMS-470 on 27 September 1943; launched on 5 April 1944; completed and commissioned on 14 October 1944.
YMS-470 operated along the east coast of the United States until March 1945. She then sailed to the South Pacific and operated in the vicinity of New Caledonia and the New Hebrides until August. From there, the minesweeper moved north for duty at Okinawa and in Japan, in connection with post-war minesweeping and the occupation of Japan. YMS-470 returned to the United States in mid-April 1946 and, on 1 June, was decommissioned and placed in reserve at Stockton, Calif. While there, she was named Swan and redesignated AMS-37.
In 1950, with the outbreak of hostilities in Korea, Swan was called back to active service. She was towed to the Bethlehem Pacific Coast Corp. yard at San Francisco, where she was recommissioned on 8 November 1950. For just over three years, the ship trained crews for minesweepers serving in the Far East. She operated with Mine Squadron 5 on the west coast, first as flagship of Mine Division (MinDiv) 55 and later of MinDiv 51. In January 1954, Swan was reassigned to MinDiv 45 of the Atlantic Fleet and home ported at the Minecraft Base in Charleston, S.C. A year later, she joined MinDiv 44 as a school ship at the Mine Warfare School at Yorktown, Va. She was redesignated MSC(0)-37 on 1 August 1955, and reported to the Florida Group, Atlantic Reserve Fleet for inactivation and decommissioning.
Swan was decommissioned on 6 October 1955 and berthed at Green Cove Springs, Fla. Her name was struck from the Navy list on 1 November 1959, and she was sold to the General Motors Defense Research Laboratories at Santa Barbara, for conversion to a research vessel.
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