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Killdeer (IX 194)
ex-Killdeer (AMc 21)

Call sign:
Nan - Uncle - Mike - Fox

Killdeer Class Coastal Minesweeper:

  • Laid down in 1937 as the purse seiner Vindicator by Al Larson, Los Angeles, CA
  • Acquired by the Navy 8 November 1940 and placed in service as USS Killdeer (AMc 21)
  • Placed out of service 12 September 1944 and reclassified as an Unclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary, IX-194
  • Struck from the Naval Register 2 June 1945
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 9 January 1946
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 110 t.
  • Length 105' 7"
  • Beam 22' 10"
  • Draft 9' 8"
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 18
  • Armament: One .50 cal. machine gun
  • Propulsion: One diesel engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Killdeer 92k

    Killdeer - A ringed plover; a North American shore and field bird (Charadius vociferus)

    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 13 December 2021
    Killdeer 121k c. 1943
    U.S. Navy photo
    Joe Radigan

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Bryan Hooker Smith, Jr.8 November 1940
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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