USS REAPER (MSO-467)
The second Reaper (MSO-467) was laid down 15 May 1952 by Wilmington Boat Works
Calif.; launched 25 June 1954
sponsored by Mrs. John A. Snackenherg; and commissioned 10 November 1954
Lt. Clayton L. Robertson in command.
Reaper sailed for the western Pacific 1 May 1956. Departing Sasebo
she participated in training exercises at Taiwan with the Republic of China
and helped to search for a P4M aircraft shot down by Communist China. Arriving at Long Beach
she trained off California in 1957 and early 1958. Deployed to the western Pacific 3 November 1958
she visited Sasebo Japan; Kaohsiung
Thailand; Subic Bay
Philippines; and Buckner Bay
before arriving at Long Beach 31 May 1959.
During an amphibious exercise in November 1959 she operated out of Kodiak
with Canadian minesweepers. After training in 1960
she deployed to the western Pacific 4 January 1961
and participated in separate exercises with the Philippine Navy
and the Nationalist Chinese Navy
before arriving via Japan at Long Beach 17 July. Departing Long Beach 16 November 1962 for western Pacific deployment
she joined exercise in the Philippines and Taiwan
including a SEATO exercise off Manila Bay
before returning to Long Beach 22 June 1963.
After exercises off California
she remained active with the Pacific Fleet in 1964 and 1965.
Sailing for the western Pacific 21 September 1966
she participated in "Market Time" patrol duty off Vietnam during November and December
and in February and March 1967
before reaching Long Beach 27 July. Deployed to the western Pacific again in April l968
she patrolled off Vietnam and visited Chinhae
Korea; and Sattahip Thailand
arriving Long Beach 3 December. Deployed to the western Pacific in 1969
she remained active with the Pacific Fleet until 2 May 1970 when she returned to the west coast. Upon her return
she was assigned duty as a Naval Reserve Training ship and remained so engaged until being decommissioned 22 September 1972. After decommissioning she was transferred to the Ships Inactivation and Maintenance Facility at Vallejo
Calif. She is a part of the Pacific Reserve Fleet as of February 1974.
[Note: The above USS REAPER (MSO-467) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS REAPER (MSO-467) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]