Allied Warships

USS Staff (AM 114)

Minesweeper of the Auk class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantAM 114 
Built byAmerican Shipbuilding Co. (Lorain, Ohio, U.S.A.) 
Ordered1 Apr 1941 
Laid down28 Nov 1941 
Launched17 Jun 1942 
Commissioned11 Nov 1942 
End service 

Placed in commission, in reserve on 14 February 1946
Decommissioned 15 January 1947
Recommissioned 14 January 1952
Redesignated a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel-hulled) MSF-114 on 7 March 1955
Decommissioned 15 August 1955 at Green Cove Springs, Florida
Sold for scrap 17 November 1967 to the Southern Scrap Metals Co., New Orleans, Louisiana.


Commands listed for USS Staff (AM 114)

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1Ralph Thomas McDaniel, USNR11 Nov 194223 Nov 1943
2Joseph Henry Napier, USNR23 Nov 194313 Jan 1945
3Lt. William Arthur Upton, USNR13 Jan 19456 Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Staff include:

8 Apr 1945
USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, USNR) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Staff (Lt. W.A. Upton, USNR), USS Florikan (Lt. D. Hima, USN), USS PGM-21 (Lt. L. Gardiner, USNR) and USS Torsk (Cdr. B.E. Lewellen, USN).

9 Apr 1945
During 9/10 April 1945, USS Dragonet (T/Capt. J.H. Lewis, USN) and USS Spikefish (T/Lt.Cdr. R.R. Managhan, USN) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour with USS Pruitt (Lt. D.B. Harby, USNR) and USS Staff (Lt. W.A. Upton, USNR). These included night exercises.

11 Apr 1945
USS Bumper (Cdr. J.W. Williams, Jr., USN) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Allen (Lt. J.A. Rowe, USN) and USS Staff (Lt. W.A. Upton, USNR).

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