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USS BLUEBIRD MSC 121

History

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COMMANDING OFFICERS

LT W.C.Graham
Jul 1953-Aug 1955
LTJG Louis S.Brackney
Aug 1955-Oct 1957
LT Robert W.Commey
Oct 1957-Jul 1959
LT Paul E.Treaby
Jul 1959-May 1960
LT Eugene T.Polini
May 1960-May 1961
LT E.A.Mozely
May 1961-Oct 1962
LT George K.Gowans Jr.
Oct 1962-Jan 1964
LT James A.Mace
Jan 1964-Jul 1965
LT Robert C.Johnson Jr.
Jul 1965-Jun 1967
LT J.Michael Miller
Jun 1967-Sep 1968
LT Clark M.Taylor
Sep 1968-Aug 1969 (OIC)
LT Chet Roberts
Aug 1969-1971 (OIC)

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Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals (2) for Dominican Republic; 05  JULY  1965 to  08  AUGUST  1965  and 18 SEPTEMBER 1965 to 09 OCTOBER 1965 . Navy Expeditionary Medals (2) for Cuba; 27  JANUARY  1961 to 27 APRIL 1961 and 30  OCTOBER  1961 to 13   JANUARY  1962 .

The third Bluebird (AMS-121) was launched 11 May 1953 by Mare Island Naval Shipyard; sponsored by Mrs. George C. Demmon; and commissioned 24 July 1953, Lieutenant W. C. Graham in command.
 
On 27 May 1954 Bluebird arrived at Charleston, S. C., and reported to Mine Force, Atlantic. Operating out of Charleston between June 1954 and January 1956, she participated in various evaluation tests of Bluebird class minesweepers. On 7 February 1955 her classification was changed to MSC-121. Her home port was changed to Yorktown, Va., in January 1956. Since that time she has conducted local operations near Yorktown.

On 15 February 1961, USS Bluebird (MSC) rescued 11 crewmen of the burning and sinking motor ship, SS Joanne, off Georgetown, Cayman Islands.
 
1965 to 1966
Commander Mine Division FOUR TWO
Embarked USS Bluebird (MSC-421)
Homeport - Charleston, SC
CDR John Stanard

 I was searching the internet for possible contacts from Mare Island
 Naval Hospital or Mare Island Naval Dispensary when I came across your web page. At the time of the launch I was an HM3 and was on the ship at the time of the launch.I was told to wear dress blues that day but not told why. Then was told to take a first aid bag and report for the launch. I went aboard and  wondered what exactly I was supposed to do. Nobody ever told me so I stood there trying to look informed. After the launch returned to shore and reported back to the dispensary for duty.
Ron Harper HM3

Members of the minesweeping community; The Lucid MSO-458 Foundation was formed by a group of minesweeper crewmen who served aboard US Navy MSO's. MSO's are a class of wooden hull oceangoing minesweepers that are now decommissioned and fading from public memory. The group has obtained the USS Lucid MSO-458 and has her docked at Bradford Island, California. Work has begun! The organization is restoring her and a public museum is established. The MSO is a little known and poorly documented, extremely interesting facet of Naval history. The USS Lucid Museum is dedicated to telling the story of the minesweeping men and their wooden ships, the last all wooden US Naval ships, to navigate the oceans. We will be telling the stories of Mine Recovery and UDT teams, Floating Pigs, Hammer Boxes, Magtails, Aluminum Engines and Towed Sonar. The little known stories of Contact, Magnetic and Acoustic minesweeping as well as the mystery of Magnetic Countermeasures will be told through the displays, narratives and museum media. Typhoons, tiny ships and ice-clad superstructures are only a small part of the "Wooden Ships and Iron Men" story. From sweeping the Mekong Delta in Viet Nam, observing the final Nuclear blasts on Johnston Island to sweeping the Persian Gulf, "Where the Fleet Goes, We've Been" will be clearly illustrated. Since there is no other Naval Museum that even attempts to tell the story of the MSO the USS Lucid is an important and living detail of US Naval History. First, Lucid must undergo a restoration. Previous civilian owners for commercial use have modified her. She needs hull repairs and painting and re-outfitting to be brought back to her former Naval dignity and glory. The Lucid MSO-458 Foundation has a workforce of planners, engineers and volunteer manpower who are vested and committed to this grand and worthy project. Bringing her to life is a large financial undertaking. We’re looking for tax-exempt gifts from the Military Industrial sector and individuals to help with this extremely valuable endeavor. Of course, all donors will be properly and prominently acknowledged aboard the vessel. Your donation will help preserve this vital part of Naval History. Please join us in telling the MSO story by sending a tax-exempt gift to Lucid MSO-458 Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit foundation through our website. http://www.usslucid.org
W.W."Mike"Warren EN2

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