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Pigeon

 

A bird of stout body; short legs; and smooth compact plumage.

 

II

 

(AM–374: dp. 1,250 (f.); l. 221’1”; b. 32’2”; dr. 10’9”; s. 18 k.; cpl. 117; a. 1 3”, 2 40mm.; cl. Auk)

 

The second Pigeon (AM–374), a minesweeper, was laid down 10 November 1944 by the Savannah Machine and Foundry Co., Savannah, Ga.; launched 28 March 1945; sponsored by Miss Jean Ross; and commissioned at Savannah 30 October 194.5, Lt. Comdr. Robert S. Catcheart in command.

 

After fitting out at the Charleston Navy Yard and operations out of the Naval Mine Warfare School, Yorktown, Va., Pigeon decommissioned 10 July 1946. Following Communist aggression in Korea, she recommissioned at Orange, Tex., 30 November 1950, Lt. Theodore Sawick in command.

 

Pigeon departed Orange 2 January 1951 to join Mine Squadron 8 at Charleston, S.C. Tactics and Atlantic Fleet exercises took her to Norfolk, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. On 25 August 1952 she departed Charleston with Mine Division 82 for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization combined fleet exercise operation “Mainbrace.” She arrived at Rosyth, Scotland 11 September 1952 and put to sea the 19th to participate in “Mainbrace” minesweeping operations off Denmark. Pigeon returned to Falmouth, England 27 September 1952 and sailed the 29th with the same amphibious attack force for NATO operation “Longstep” in the Mediterranean. These and other operations with the powerful 6th Fleet took her from ports of Morocco to ports in Italy, Turkey, Greece, France, and Spain. The minesweeper returned to Charleston, S.C., 7 February 1953.

 

Overhauled in the Charleston Naval Shipyard, Pigeon resumed readiness and training operations along the eastern seaboard as far north as Quebec, Canada. She departed Charleston 6 January 1954 and joined the 6th Fleet at Lisbon, Postugal, 19 January 1954. After serving in fleet and NATO combined operations throughout the Mediterranean, she returned to Charleston 29 May 1954.

 

Pigeon departed Charleston 15 November to prepare for inactivation at Green Cove Springs, Fla. She decommissioned there 14 January 1955 and was placed in reserve. On 7 February 1955, she was reclassified a fleet minesweeper and redesignated MSF–374. She remained in reserve until her name was struck from the Navy List 1 December 1966. She was sold for scrapping.