USS Gadwall (AM-362)

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United States
Name: USS Gadwall
Builder: Willamette Iron and Steel Works
Laid down: 24 May 1943
Launched: 15 July 1943
Commissioned: 23 June 1945
Decommissioned: 14 June 1946
Reclassified: MSF-362, 7 February 1955
Struck: 1 November 1966
Fate: Sold for scrap, 10 April 1967
General characteristics
Class and type: Admirable-class minesweeper
Displacement: 650 tons
Length: 184 ft 6 in (56.24 m)
Beam: 33 ft (10 m)
Draft: 9 ft 9 in (2.97 m)
Speed: 14.8 knots (27.4 km/h)
Complement: 104
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USS Gadwall (AM-362) was an Admirable-class minesweeper built for the U.S. Navy during World War II. She was built to clear minefields in offshore waters.

Gadwall was launched 15 July 1943 by Willamette Iron and Steel Works, Portland Oregon; sponsored by Mrs. Charles McNary; and commissioned 23 June 1945, Lt. Robert C. Thompson in command.

End-of-war Pacific Theatre activity[edit]

Gadwall departed Astoria, Oregon, 11 July 1945 for shakedown training out of San Pedro, California, followed by mine warfare exercises and amphibious maneuvers with fleet units off the California bases of Santa Barbara, San Diego, and Newport Beach.

Post-war inactivation and decommissioning[edit]

On 7 December 1945 she put to sea from San Diego for inactivation overhaul at New Orleans, Louisiana, until 11 April 1946. She then shifted to Orange, Texas, where she decommissioned 14 June 1946 and was assigned to the Texas Group, Atlantic Reserve Fleet.

She was reclassified MSF-362 on 7 February 1955 and she remained in reserve berthed at Orange, Texas, until struck from the Navy List 1 November 1966. Gadwall was stripped and designated for sale 10 April 1967.

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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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