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USS SHRIKE MSC 201

History

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COMMANDING OFFICERS

LT W.E.O'Leary
Mar 1955-195?
LT Richard F.Ackerman
1957
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LT James J.Clarkin
-Aug 1961
LT R.N.Corbeil
Aug 1961-Aug 1963
LT Delmar O.Schaper
Aug 1963-Sep 1965
LT Robert Kurz
Sep 1965-Dec 1967
LT John Pfeiffer
Dec 1967-Sep 1968
LT John J.Pfeiffer
Sep 1968-Nov 1968 (OIC)
LTJG Robert E.Plunkett
Nov 1968- (OIC)
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LT Foote
1973-1974

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MSC-201 was laid down on 1 September 1953 by Tampa Marine Co., Tampa, Fla.; launched on 21 July 1954; sponsored by Mrs. A. John Miller, and commissioned on 21 March 1955, Lt. (j.g) W. E. O'Leary in command. Shrike was originally laid down as AMS-201, but her classification was changed to MSC-201 on 7 February 1955.
Shrike sailed from Tampa on 2 April for Charleston S.C., arriving there on 5 April. From 15 May to 24 June, she conducted shakedown training at Key West Fla. She returned to Charleston on 26 June. For the remainder of the year, the minesweeper operated between Charleston and Key West as a unit of Mine Squadron 4. Shrike was assigned to the Mine Force, Atlantic Fleet, and the operational control of Commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force, Atlantic Fleet, with her homeport at Key West. The minesweeper operated out of that port until 30 June 1965. During these years, the ship conducted local operations, conducted experiments with new equipment, evaluated new type mines, and provided services for the missile testing facility at Cape Canaveral. In November 1963, her evaluation testing was interrupted when she was deployed to locate and assist in the salvage of a downed U-2 aircraft in Florida Bay.
On 30 June 1965, Shrike's homeport was changed to Charleston; she was assigned to Mine Division 42, and her status was changed from an experimental ship to a sweeper in the mine force. She conducted operations from Charleston for the next three years which took her as far north as Newport, R.I., as far south as the Caribbean, and one trip to New Orleans.
On 27 September 1968, Shrike was decommissioned at Wilmington, N.C., and became a Naval Reserve Training Ship for the 6th Naval District. As of August 1974 the minesweeper is still assigned to the Naval Reserve Force and berthed at Wilmington, N.C.Scrapped, April 1978.

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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CREW ROSTER