Allied Warships

USS Owl (AM 2)

Minesweeper of the Lapwing class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantAM 2 
Built byTodd Shipyard Co. (New.York, New York, U.S.A.) 
Laid down25 Oct 1917 
Launched4 Mar 1918 
Commissioned11 Jul 1918 
End service26 Jul 1946 

Reclassified ocean tug AT-137 on 1 June 1942
Reclassified ocean tug old ATO-137 on 15 May 1944
Decommissioned on 26 July 1946
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 27 June 1947


Commands listed for USS Owl (AM 2)

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1Lt. Marshall Barton Gurney, USN4 Jun 19391 Mar 1940
2Charles Guequierre Rucker, USN1 Mar 194024 Apr 1942
3Frederick George Coffin, USN24 Apr 194214 Apr 1943
4Adnah Neyhart Caldin, USN14 Apr 19434 Dec 1943
5Samuel David Tuttle, USNR4 Dec 194311 Dec 1943
6James Carlton Wilson White, USNR11 Dec 194322 Apr 1944
7Samuel David Tuttle, USNR22 Apr 1944Sep 1944
8John Hugo Thomas, USNRSep 1944Sep 1945

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Notable events involving Owl include:

5 May 1942
The Canadian passenger ship Lady Drake is torpedoed and sunk about 90 miles north of Bermuda in position 35°43'N, 64°43'W by German U-boat U-106. The US minesweeper USS Owl later picks up 256 survivors.

7 Aug 1942
USS Owl picks up 13 survivors from the Uruguayan merchant Maldonado that was torpedoed and sunk by the German U-boat U-510 on the 2 August about 250 miles south-southeast of Bermuda.

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