USS Impeccable (AM-320)

Photo Courtesy of John Valasek Who’s Father Served on the USS Impeccable During the Korea Conflict. Circa 1952.

The USS Impeccable (AM-320) an Auk class minesweeper was launched on 21 May 1943 in Alameda, California with Lt. Comdr. H. H. Smith in command.

During Word War II the Impeccable performed escort and patrol duties in the Pacific. During March-June 1945, Impeccable took part in the Okinawa campaign, enduring several Japanese air attacks while serving on minesweeping, patrol and rescue missions. With the coming of peace, she cleared mine fields in Japanese waters before returning to the United States in December 1945 and was placed out of commission March 1947.

The aggression in Korea in 1950 made heavy demands on minesweeping forces and the Impeccable was call back into duty on 12 March 1952. She sailed on 3 September for Sasebo Japan and moved immediately to the Wonsan area to strengthen the naval siege and keep the harbor clear of mines. The ship also took part in the amphibious feint at Kojo 12 to 14 October, exchanging fire with shore batteries in the area.

During the months that followed Impeccable remained on the eastern coast, aiding the naval blockade and helping to maintain our position on the offshore islands. She drove a sampan ashore off Hungnam 17 November 1952, and fought with Wonsan batteries 20 February 1953 while covering a minesweeping operation.

Her tour in the stalemated Korean conflict ended, Impeccable arrived Pearl Harbor 31 March and her homeport, Long Beach, 10 April 1953. For the rest of the year the ship operated on training and readiness exercises off Mexico and the Canal Zone. Impeccable remained on minesweeping and fleet maneuvers through the first half of 1955.

Impeccable was reclassified MSF-320, 7 February 1955. She arrived Astoria, Oreg., 16 August 1955; decommissioned 14 October; and entered the Pacific Reserve Fleet at Bremerton, Wash., where she remains. [Transcriber's Note: Impeccable was stricken from the Navy List on 1 July 1972 and disposed of by Navy sale 1 April 1974]

USS Impeccable received three battle stars for World War II service and two for Korean service.

From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships

Naval Historical Center: http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-i/am320.htm

Korean War Project: http://www.koreanwar.org/html/units/navy/uss_impeccable.htm 

Also there is a picture of the Impeccable on the website 

http://www.p4-34.com/OldBoats/Old_Boats.htm