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Entry: 83216
USS COMPETENT (AM-316)
KOREAN WAR SERVICE

CHESTER GAGE wrote on May 31, 2012

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City and State:

Unit: USS COMPETENT AM 316

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN

Comments: Served as ship Yeoman on the Competent during her first
tour to Korea. 88 years 'young' now.


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Entry: 73764
USS COMPETENT (AM-316)
LOOKING FOR HOWARD GRAFELMAN

NORMAN HANSEN wrote on March 1, 2010


City and State:

Unit: USS COMPETENT AM-316

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN

Comments:

Keywords: Howard - who are the 78 crew you have found? I only know of Capt.Rothermel who passed on 30 years or so ago.


Entry: 69174
USS COMPETENT (AM-316)
LOOKING FOR SHIPMATES

HOWARD GRAFELMAN wrote on February 18, 2009

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City and State: BENSON IL

Unit: USS COMPETENT AM316

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN

Comments: I'm looking for people who served on the USS Competent AM 316 during the Korean War. I have located 78 so far. All help is appreciated and I'm willing to share what information I have. Also would like to hear from WWII veterans who served on the ship.

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Entry: 66943
USS COMPETENT (AM-316)
LT. COMMANDER EDWARD GRANT

EDWARD GRANT JR. wrote on August 19, 2008


City and State: CATHEDRAL CITY CA

Unit: MINE SWEEPING DIVISION 74

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: FYI - My father is still alive (93). He lives in Palm Springs. He has no telephone at his assisted living facility. But, I live nearby in Cathedral City. From reviewing naval records and newspaper articles, it appears he was placed in command of the Competent when it was recommissioned in 1952. The newspaper articles also listed him as commander of Mine Sweeping Division 74, which apppears to have included the Competent, when Division 74 returned to Long Beach (1953?). I suspect he may be the last survior of that era.

Keywords: USS Competent,Defense, and Devastator (Division 74)


Entry: 56497
USS COMPETENT (AM-316)
A HERO IS GONE

JOHN LATHRAM JR. wrote on April 2, 2006

Email Update Needed

City and State: COLUMBUS OH

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments:

Keywords: My father passed away in his sleep on Thuursday March 30th 2006. I am writing his obituary now and found the name of the Ship he served on.

Just to let you know another member has passed on to join his brothers.

~best His son, JOhn Sherman Lathram lll



Entry: 18624
USS COMPETENT (AM-316)
NORMAL

FERNANDO HERNANDEZ wrote on August 12, 2001


City and State: MEXICO CITY

Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: My father is actually a Viceadmiral in the Mexican Navy and he was the commanding officer of the Ponciano Arriaga, name that was given to the USS Competent after being transfered to Mexico and I am would like to know where could I find some pictures of this ship during her II world war time service, would you be able to help me?

Thank you.
Fernando Hernandez


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Entry: 5097
USS COMPETENT (AM-316)
SHIP'S HISTORY - KOREAN WAR SERVICE

CRAIG ROTHHAMMER wrote on November 18, 1999

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City and State: LA CRESCENTA CA

Unit: USS GRASP (ARS-24) USS BOLSTER (ARS-38)

Service or Relationship: NAVY

Comments:


USS COMPETENT (AM-316)


Adequate, capable, or fit.


AM - 316: dp. 890 l. 221'2" b. 32'2" dr. 10'9" s. 18 k. cpl 105 a 1 x 3" cl. Auk


“...she swept and patrolled Korean waters...”


HMS Amelia (BAM-3) was launched 30 January 1943 by General Engineering and Dry Dock Co., Alameda, Calif.; sponsored by Miss M. S. Upton; retained for use by the U.S. Navy; assigned the name Competent and reclassified AM-316, 23 January 1943; and commissioned 10 November 1943, Lieutenant D. D. Long, Jr., USNR, in command.


Recommissioned 29 February 1952 as a result of the Korean war, Competent put to sea from Long Beach 7 July and arrived at Sasebo 7 August. From this port she swept and patrolled Korean waters until returning to Long Beach 5 February 1953.


During her second Far Eastern tour from 5 October 1953 to 2 June 1954, she patrolled with TF 95 off Korea to preserve the truce.


Reclassified MSF-316, 7 February 1955, Competent operated along the west coast until she was decommissioned and placed in reserve 15 April 1955.


USS Competent earned five battle stars for World War II scrvice and two for the Korean war.



From: Dictionary of American Fighting Ships


Keywords: MINESWEEPER, AUK CLASS, PEACE PATROL



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