Esteem, Enhance, Conquest in Arabian Gulf, November 1989
MINE WARFARE HALL OF VALOR
Dave Bruhn as created a
Mine Warfare Hall of Valor
at his website to honor the recipients of Navy Cross, Silver Star,
Bronze Star, and Navy & Marine Corps Medals for heroism (and also
Prisoner of War Medals) from World War II through the present.
It is Dave's hope that this action will help to preserve the collective legacy of
these past and present members of the Mine Warfare Community.
There were twelve (12) ship classes
eleven (11) listed in DANFS, Vol. 5 and
Jane added the Berneval class that DANFS did not list
One hundred and one (101) ships were actually built
AS ORIGINALLY BUILT:
All had Diesel engines.
All were outfitted with One 40mm, single; Two .50cal machine guns??
Foreign Classes did not list crew sizes.
(1) AGILE Class, Hull Number(s) 421, Length Overall: 172ft, Extreme Beam: 35ft,
Displacement: 755 tons, Max. Draft: 10ft, Designed Accommodations: Off: 8,Enl: 70,
Design speed: 14k, Engines: Packard, Designed Shaft Horsepower: 2280
There was only one ship in the Agile class, and that
was Agile. She was unlike any other MSO, with V-16 Packards and 3200
SHP, not the V-12 Packards and 2400 SHP that most of the other MSO's
had. She also had an 8 cylinder 250KW S/S generator instead of the
185KW S/S generator....Bob Adelwerth USN, Ret.
All of the Belgium MSO's (Hull #'s
498,499,503,504,515,516,522) have their own unofficial web site with lots of information and
lots of dramatic pictures.
Courtesy of Jamie Smith
The SS Lane Victory, a Merchant Marine Museum on board a Victory-Class Liberty ship tied up in
the Port of Los Angeles, I observed the following bit of MSO Hardware:
As you descend the ladder into the Hold, and walk past the moored mine in the on-board
Museum, look past the Engine from the San Pablo (From the movie 'Sand Pebbles') and there
in all its 'snipe' glory is an actual Packard V-12 diesel engine, as used as the main
propulsion and Minesweep generator engines on most MSOs. The engine is intact, and
identified by a small sign.
If you, or any other former 'sweep sailors are in the Southern California area,
you should pay the Lane Victory a visit. She is a fully-functional ship which gets underway
three times in the summer on fund-raising cruises to Catalina.
Courtesy of Denis King - USS Dynamic MSO 432.
Navy MSO Association
Of and for all MSO sailors, in any Navy around the world.
NMSOA 2009 REUNION
October 23 - 25, 2009
Battleship Cove, Fall River, MA
JOIN the NMSOA
Rick Szpyrka, Past President, NMSOA
The flag in the background was flown on the USS Conflict during Operation Market
Time and was displayed at the 2002 KickOff reunion courtesy of John Riley
When you are done with this site, please visit the NMSOA web site.....
The Lucid is now located at the Stockton Historical Maritime Museum with a gala ribbon cutting ceremony on
March 15, 2012.
The Stockton Historical Maritime Museum in conjunction with a local crafts-emphasizing charter school aim
to raise the $1.5 million necessary and provide the thousands of man hours necessary to fully restore the ship.
Mike Warren, Don Cole and the Board of Directors of the Lucid Foundation Need your help.
The USS Lucid Museum is now a work in progress. They can use your Help with Labor,
Memorabilia or Monetary support. Click on the link for more information.
If you would like to make a donation to the LUCID MSO-458 FOUNDATION please just click on
the link above.
This section is Comprised of Authentic Original Photos. Joe had personally visited Peterson Builders INC.
Of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and spent a few long days researching and digging thru many file cabinets in a dank
basement which Peterson had rented to store the files from years worth of ship Building.
Can you find the names of all 65 US MSOs in the following paragraph??
(answer at bottom of this page)
I felt a strange alacrity; you know that energy you get when you engage in implicit skill
along with the ability and vigor to become aggressive enough and agile in your own right
to affray with sufficient force having no esteem for that gallant yet illusive leader that
you have shown loyalty and fidelity too; along with that pledge that became vital to the
stalwart sagacity that allowed you to fortify your fearless exploit and not just become an
observer and pluck any valor out of that direct conflict without a bold yet massive bulwark
to enhance your firm and persistent venture with that constant dash of endurance that has
allowed you to excel as a notable guide without a prime rival to keep you on the pinnacle
of lucid thoughts as your friends become impervious to the prestige that you seem to inflict
on those around you with a somewhat dynamic, if not exultant advance towards that adroit
goal with the assurance that you can avenge that dominant but nimble salute that you give
with that sturdy handshake as you swerve and pivot to dodge that grim reaper that will
embattle your conquest to the acme of your success as you struggle through the metal
detector of life.
ALTHOUGH NO SCULPTURED MARBLE HAS RISEN
TO THEIR MEMORY,
NOR ENGRAVED STONE BEAR RECORD OF THEIR DEEDS,
PRAY THEIR REMEMBRANCE BE MORE LASTING.
What is an "MSO"?
An MSO is a Navy Ship, MineSweeper,
Ocean, a wooden hull vessel, from 172 feet to 190 feet in length, with
a crew size of around 70 sailors. One hundred and one were built, with several versions, 65
for the U.S. Navy and 36 for our NATO allies, in United States shipyards during the 1950's.
These sweeps, as they were affectionately called, served for over 41 years protecting the
These ships bravely went before the fleet in peacetime and war, in operations such as the
Cuban Missile blockade, Vietnam, Operation "Ernest Will" (the escort of the re-flagged Kuwaiti
oil tankers), and even in Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Many lives were saved by the actions of
these minesweepers. We were the first in, sweeping the watery mine fields so others could come
These were not large ships that received great attention. We quietly went about the business
of saving lives under what were considered harsh conditions. We had none of the luxuries of
the larger Navy vessels.
The well deserved motto for these great ships was "Where the Fleet Goes, We've Been" and
for the men that served on them "Wooden Ships, Iron Men".
THAT'S MY MSO
That's my MSO down there; which one is yours?
It was a terribly long walk down that very short pier
I asked myself many times did I really want to be here
But that old wooden ship that was painted haze gray
Was my ticket to the world and I could get away
Get away from myself and the trials of my days
We would go out to sea and that old ship would raise
She would buck and sway and slam us back down
In that foamy green brine she'd bounce all around
It was hard times at best but she always got us there
You'd think that that you couldn't even like it or care
But you did in spite of the miserable days and the nights
That the old ship took away from you in small little bites
You prayed and you prayed to get off that trash heap
And you asked yourself why you loved that old sweep
It was hard to admit, what you really went through
Not just for the ship, but for the rest of the crew
Had all that I owned, everything that was mine
Stuck in a big canvas bag, strapped over my shoulder
I spent my time there and was feeling much older
Time had passed by much faster than I thought
I was proud of my service and what I was taught
Did I really want to leave her and just get out of here
It was a terribly long walk down that very short pier
She's still afloat today with her leaks and bad wood
Waiting with six others to be saved as we should
We can't afford to forget, with a different course to steer
It will be a terribly long walk down a very short pier
So do what you can and be proud of your ship
And join with our group for a very long trip
A trip for believers and not for the weak hearted
It's going to take from us all, so now let's get started
U.S. Speaker of the House
"If men are not self-controlled through the teachings of the Bible, then the only alternative
for civil government is coercion"
Thus over 100,000 new laws are introduced each session in state and federal legislatures.
"Our constitutuon was made only for a moral and religious people.
It is wholly inadeaquate to the government of any other"
President John Adams, 1798
"I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Saviour of the World is communicated to us through the bible
President Abraham Lincoln
"It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible."
President George Washington
"The Bible is worth all other books which have ever been printed."
"The Bible is the sheet-anchor of our liberties."
President U. S. Grant
"That book sir, is the rock on which our republic rests."
President Andrew Jackson
"We have staked the whole future of American civillization...upon the capacity of each and every one of us
to govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments."
President James Madison
"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperty, religion and morality are indispensable
President George Washington
"Children learn the meaning of morality, religion, and respect for law from the habitual fidelity of their
parents to one another."
President John Adams
"So great is my veneration for the Bible that the earlier my children begin to read it the more confident
will be my hope that they will prove useful citizens of their country and respectable members of society.
I have for many years made it a practice to read through the bible once every year."
President John Quincy Adams
The French philosopher, Alexis De Tocqueville: "America will last until the populace discovers
that it can vote for itself largesse out of the public treasury”.
Sir Winston Churchill: "The inherent vice of Capitalism is the unequal distribution of
the inherent vice of Socialism is the equal distribution of misery/poverty".
IF My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves, and pray and seek My Face,
and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
2 Chronicles, Chapter 7, verse 14.
June 20,1924 - May 28, 1971 MY HERO,
AUDIE MURPHY "The most decorated American in all of our history"
Medal Of Honor August 9, 1945
From the Unveiling Ceremony at the "Field Of Honor", Loves Park, IL May 3, 2000
Take a look at their GUESTBOOK, the endless tributes will MAKE YOUR DAY!
Audie L. Murphy Memorial Web Site
Name: Dick Lewis
From: Rockford, IL
Comments: Mr. Murphy's memory will never die, There are Very, Very few TRUE American
heros, Audie ranks at the VERY TOP of the "list". God Bless Audie Murphy! What an HONOR
to sign his guestbook. Dick Lewis
December 5, 1999
Dear Mr. Lewis,
Thanks for your email it's much appreciated. I do feel very blessed to be in the
Murphy family. I am very proud of my uncle and what he did, I am also proud of you and
all the others that fought for our freedom too. Thank you ! and thanks for keeping his
God Bless you and have a Merry Christmas
Angela (Murphy) Hunt
HOME OF HEROES
Medal Of Honor Recipients This is such a fantastic site, it is hard to exaggerate
it's rich content. If this does not get your patriotic juices going, then you are not a
member of the living!
I felt a strange alacrity; you know that energy you get when you engage
in implicitskill along with the ability and vigor to become
aggressive enough and agile in your own right to affray with sufficient
force having no esteem for that gallant yet illusiveleader
that you have shown loyalty and fidelity too; along with that pledge that
became vital to the stalwartsagacity that allowed you to fortify
your fearlessexploit and not just become an observer and pluck
any valor out of that directconflict without a bold yet massive
bulwark to enhance your firm and persistentventure with
that constantdash of endurance that has allowed you to excel as
a notableguide without a primerival to keep you on the
pinnacle of lucid thoughts as your friends become impervious to the
prestige that you seem to inflict on those around you with a somewhat
dynamic, if not exultantadvance towards that adroit goal with
the assurance that you can avenge that dominant but nimblesalute that you give with that sturdy handshake as you swerve and
pivot to dodge that grim reaper that will embattle your conquest
to the acme of your success as you struggle through the metal detector of life.