USS Guide (MSO-447)

( One Who Leads or Directs Another )

The First USS Guide

The first Guide (AMC-83) was launched 20 September 1941 by the Camden Shipbuilding & Marine Railway Co., Camden, Maine; sponsored by Mrs. Cary Bok, Jr.; and commissioned 17 March 1942, Lt. (j.g.) Alvin Hero in command.

Guide Guide trained from the Mine Warfare School at Yorktown, Va., until 17 April 1942 when she sailed to alternately sweep the main shipping channels leading out of Key West, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala. She periodically made brief visits to Pensacola for special sweeping duties. Her homeport changed from Mobile to Naval Station, Burrwood, La., in July 1944. She continued sweeping the approaches to New Orleans and Mobile until July 1945. She then served the Mine Countermeasures Station at Panama City, Florida, for the remainder of her career.

Guide Guide was placed out of service 12 June 1946 and her name was struck from the Navy List 3 July. She was sold to a private purchaser 11 April 1947



Table of Contents


  First Guide    Wooden Boats & Iron Men    Commissioning 

  Photo Album #1    Photo Album #2    Photo Album #3 

  Military Awards    Taps   Member's Photos  

  2004 Reunion Photos   Navy MSO 2005 Reunion   Products List  

  Memorabilia    Links    MSO Photos   1959 WestPac Tour 

  Roster ' 57    Roster '58 & '59    Roster '60 & '61 

  Roster ' 63    Roster '66 & '67    Roster '68 - '70 

  Suggestions on Filing VA Claims 

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