Allied Warships

USS Whippoorwill (AM 35)

Minesweeper of the Lapwing class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantAM 35 
Built byAlabama Drydock and Shipbuilding Co (Mobile, Alabama, U.S.A.) 
Laid down12 Dec 1917 
Launched4 Jul 1918 
Commissioned1 Apr 1919 
End service17 Apr 1946 

Reclassified ocean tug AT-169 on 1 March 1944
Reclassified ocean tug old ATO-169 on 15 May 1944
Decommissioned on 17 April 1946 at San Francisco, California
Stricken on 10 June 1946


Commands listed for USS Whippoorwill (AM 35)

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1Lt. Laurence Francis Blodgett, USN18 Jan 1936early 1941
2Lt.Cdr. Charles Arthur Ferriter, USNearly 1941Nov 1942
3Charles Lowell Knopp, USNNov 1942Oct 1944
4E. M. Floyd, Jr., USNROct 1944Aug 1945
5Lt. Thomas M. Dill, USNRAug 1945

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Notable events involving Whippoorwill include:

17 Jan 1943
HMS Trusty (Lt.Cdr. E.F Balston, DSO, RN) arrived at Exmouth Gulf. She was escorted in by USS Whippoorwill (Lt. C.L. Knopp, USN). (1)


  1. ADM 199/1861

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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