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NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive

Courtesy of Al Grazevich

USS Yamacraw (ARC 5)
ex-USCGC Yamacraw (WARC 333)
ex-USS Trapper (ACM 9)
ex-USAMP Major General Arthur Murray

Trapper served the U.S. Army, Navy and the Coast Guard

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2)

Chimo Class Auxiliary Minelayer:

  • Laid down for the U. S. Army Coast Artillery Corps, Mine Planter Service as USAMP Major General Arthur Murray by the Marietta Manufacturing Co., Point Pleasant, WV
  • Acquired by the Navy, 2 January 1945 and converted to an Auxiliary Minelayer at the Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, SC
  • Commissioned USS Trapper (ACM-9), 15 March 1945
  • Decommissioned, 20 June 1946 and transferred to the Coast Guard as USCGC Yamacraw (WARC-333)
  • Struck from the Navy Register 19 July 1946
  • Yamacraw was featured in the 1958 movie "Onionhead" starring Andy Griffith and Walter Matthau
  • Reacquired by the Navy, 17 May 1959
  • Converted to a Cable Repair Ship and commissioned USS Yamacraw (ARC-5), 30 April 1959
  • Decommissioned 2 July 1965, struck from the Navy Register and transferred to the Maritime Administration for disposal
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 1,300 t.
  • Length 188' 2"
  • Beam 37'
  • Draft 12' 6"
  • Speed 12.5 kts.
  • Complement 69
  • Armament: One 40mm gun mount and four 20mm mounts
  • Propulsion: Two Combustion Engineering header type boilers, two 1,200shp Skinner Unaflow reciprocating engines, no reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USAMP Major General Arthur Murray
    Yamacraw 47k

    Arthur Murray (April 29, 1851 May 12, 1925) was a major general in the United States Army. He was notable for his service as Chief of Artillery, Chief of the Coast Artillery Corps and commander of the Army's Western Department

    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 17 September 2021
    USS Trapper (ACM 9)
    Trapper 43k Gunter Krebs
    Trapper 20k 16 March 1945
    U.S. Navy photo from the Naval Institute Archives
    Joe Radigan
    Yamacraw 76k 16 March 1945
    Near Charleston Navy Yard, SC after conversion
    National Archives photos 19-N-79421 and 19-N-79427 from
    Robert Hurst
    Yamacraw 144k
    USCGC Yamacraw (WARC 333)
    Yamacraw 108k

    The Yamacraw Indians were a small band that existed from the late 1720s to the mid-1740s in the Savannah area. First led by Tomochichi and then by his nephew and heir Toonahowi (left and right in photo), they consisted of about 200 people and contained a mix of Lower Creeks and Yamasees. Most eventually reintegrated themselves with the Lower Creeks to avoid future confrontation with European intruders
    Engraving, circa 1734-35, by John Faber Jr. - Courtesy of Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries

    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 17 September 2021
    Yamacraw 27k Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
    Yamacraw 58k Photo from the Dictionary of American Fighting Ships Naval Historical Center
    Yamacraw 44k c. 1947 Robert Hurst
    Yamacraw 65k c. 1955
    USCG photo from the 1956/1957 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Yamacraw 57k c. 1958
    Photo from the movie "Onionhead"
    Yamacraw 60k Film poster for the movie "Onionhead" which was a 1958 comedy-drama set on a U.S. Coast Guard ship during World War II, starring Andy Griffith and featuring Felicia Farr, Walter Matthau, Erin O'Brien, James Gregory, Joey Bishop, and Claude Akins Tommy Trampp
    USS Yamacraw (ARC 5)
    Yamacraw 58k c. 1963/1964
    Yamacraw (ARC 5) underway in Chesapeake Bay during Operational Readiness Inspection
    The Edens brothers
    Yamacraw 62k c. 1963/1964
    Entire crew of Yamacraw (ARC 5) is assembled on the Quarterdeck as the Commanding Officer, LT Warren B. Shearon congratulates BMC Slobota on his retirement.
    GMC Bowman, Ret.
    Yamacraw 39k c. 1964
    Seen here as USS Yamacraw (ARC 5) at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
    ex-Radarman Victor G. Edens, who was a crewmember along with his two brothers
    Yamacraw 46k
    Yamacraw 35k
    Edens Brothers 65k c. 1964
    The three Edens brothers, Barney, Victor and Darrell at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
    Yamacraw 211k Port bow view of cable repair ship USS Yamacraw (ARC 5)
    Photo from Naval History and Heritage Command Catalog No. L45-314.01.01
    Mike Green
    Yamacraw 156k c. 1964
    U.S. Navy photo from "Our Navy" magazine
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Richard Edward Lewis, USNR15 March 1945 - 20 November 1946
    02LT Warren Blaine Shearon, USN1963
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website
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