USS SKILL

AM-115

The only known picture of the Skill is the Skill under construction at American Shipbuilding Co. of Cleveland, Ohio

AM-101 Touched up to look like AM-115
This picture is actually the USS Herald AM-101 changed to show what the the USS Skill actually looked like.
The Herald AM-101 and Toucan AM-387 are known to be very similar to the Skill.

COPIES OF NAVAL RECORDS

Skill I

The ability to use one's knowledge effectively and readily in execution or performance.

(AM-115: dp. 890; 1. 221'2"; b. 32'0"; dr. 10'9"; s. 18.1k. (tl.); cpl. 105; a. 1 3", 2 40 mm.; cl. Auk)

The first Skill (AM-115) was laid down on 28 November 1941 by American Shipbuilding Co. of Cleveland, Ohio; launched on 22 June 1942; and placed in service on 17 November 1942, Lt. Comdr. E. J. Kevern, USNR, in command.

After a brief shakedown cruise, Skill was ordered to the Mediterranean Sea where she swept mines and performed other mine-warfare countermeasures along the North African coast before the invasion there. After the initial invasion -at Salerno, Italy, she was assigned patrol and convoy duty in that area. She returned to the area from escort duty on 25 September 1943 and was assigned a patrol station. At 1140, not long after she had taken station, her forward magazine exploded. This was probably due to a submarine's torpedo because a survivor, whose station was on the bridge, later reported having seen a wake of undetermined origin paralleling the ship at a distance of about 150 yards.

Skill was blown in half and the forward section capsized. The after half caught fire, and the flames moved aft until that section exploded and sank at about 1200. Ten minutes later, the capsized bow slipped beneath the waves. Of her 103 officers and men, none of the officers and only 32 of the men survived. Her name was struck from the Navy list on 11 October 1943.

Skill (AM-115) was awarded one battle star for World War II service.

  

The Sinking of the Skill

From

Most Dangerous Sea

U. S. NAVAL INSTITUTE, ANNAPOLIS MARYLAND

The only minecraft lost during the Salerno campaign was the Skill, torpedoed on September 25. On patrol in the Gulf of Salerno, about midway between Point Licosa and the Isle of Capri, Skill's forenoon watch was thinking happily of noon chow. About 1138 Signalman, third class, Dominic J. Petitti, on the bridge, sighted what may have been a torpedo wake paralleling the ship, about 150 yards distant. Two minutes later twin explosions ripped the ship apart so suddenly that men found themselves floundering in the water before they knew what had happened. A tremendous column of white smoke towered over the ship; a funeral pyre of gold and yellow flamed a thousand feet into the air. Ships for miles around hurried to the rescue. Shill's severed bow upended, went down within ten minutes. The after section burned, exploded, and sank in about twenty minutes.

None of Skill's officers survived. The senior man alive was Gunner's Mate, first class, Henry W. Bataille, badly wounded. The only two men who knew what happened were Petitti, who thought he had seen a torpedo wake from the bridge, and Seaman Charles R. Torrey, hurled from the flying bridge by the explosion which felt just like the last time he'd been torpedoed. Sea man Henry R. Beausoleil, standing mine lookout watch in the bow, was catapulted 100 yards ahead of the ship without knowing what hit him, then swam back, climbed abroad the burning after section and passed life jackets to men in the water. Carpenter's Mate, first class, Everett B. Reed scrambled topside in time to help Electrician's Mate, second class, Edgar P. Lesperance and Seaman Douglas M. Akers launch life rafts, haul injured men up from below decks, and toss life jackets to those in the water. They were helped by Seaman Joseph E. Garnier, himself so badly injured he died two days later. The casualty list for Skill's crew of 103 officers and men was a 100 per cent affair; 71 were dead and every one of the 32 survivors were wounded.

Map showing location where the Skill was sunk.
Location Where The U.S.S. Skill Went Down

Mid-April, 1944 Our Navy Article On The SKILL - Just an Auxilary -

U.S. Navy Report On The Loss Of The USS SKILL

View U593's Log of the days before and the day of the attack on the USS Skill

U.S.S. SKILL PERSONNEL LIST

Pers-8273-RPB.

U. S. S. SKILL (AM 115)

25 September 1943

76 Died
29 Survived
4 Transferred before the U. S. S. Skill was sunk.
All officers and chiefs went down with her.

NAME

SERIAL #

RANK

SURVIVED

TRANSFERRED

Ainsworth, Bert R

169200

LTJG

 

 

Akers, Douglas M.

291 89 55

S2c

X

 

Ancefsky, Raymond L.

207 38 25

GM3c

 

 

Anderson, Robert W.

608 35 41

EM3c

X

 

Andrelczyk, Stanley J

244 33 56

S1lc

X

 

Anner, William C.

608 58 75

EMlc

X

 

Armstrong, Clyde E.

644 56 61

S1lc

 

X

Baldwin, Rex V.

120613

LTJG

 

 

Baril, Rudolph R.

666 71 66

S1lc

 

 

Barrett, Robert J. Jr.

225 11 74

S2c

X

 

Barronton, William R.

266 64 08

S1lc

 

 

Bartlett, James C. Jr.

636 26 21 

SM2c

 

 

Bataille, Harry W.

646 55 04

GM1c

X

 

Batezel, Ralph E.

651 58 36

S1c

X

 

Bazanka, Nelson J.

707 42 98

S1c

 

 

Beausoleil, Henry R.

573 00 62

S2c

X

 

Bedard, Edward J.

204 92 87

RdM3c

 

 

Bohner, Charles R.

267 95 87

BM1c

 

 

Boyd, John R.

244 16 57 

GM3c

 

 

Bulger, James E.

202 48 26

 S1c

 

 

Buck, Kenneth J.

310 52 87

PhM1c

 

 

Bulger, Jas E.

2024826

S1c

 

 

Burke, Arthur J.

225 12 03

S1c

 

 

Burke, John

600 76 60

S1c

X

 

Carlson, Clifford J.

638 48 29 

MoMM2c

 

 

Carrol, Earl E.

197420

WO

 

 

Chorich, Michael J.

305 35 42

F2c

 

 

Coney, Joe

556 16 55

StM1c

 

 

Crunk, James G.

287 42 08

WT2c

 

 

Daniels, William J.

627 12 13 

S2c

 

 

Davenport, George T.

724 76 05

MoMM2c

 

 

Dawson, Philip J.

647 13 07

Cox

 

 

Deas, Preston

552 38 56 

StM3c

 

 

Doyle, John F.

606 91 19

MoMM2c

 

 

Duffey, Orville C.

611 48 56

Cox

X

 

Elias, Bert L.

615 35 68 

MoMM2c

X

 

Emerson, Charles H. Jr

359 81 76 

CEM (AA)

 

 

Everett, Donivan D.

664 51 88 

QM3c

X

 

Fuqua, Ladd B.

656 44 95

EM2c

 

 

Gager, Reed C.

651 53 76

EM3c

 

 

Gagon, Gerard E.

806 76 94

S2c

 

 

Gallagher, Eric W.

8017082

S2c

 

 

Gallagher, James M.

8096345

S2c

 

 

Garnier, Joseph E.

3229765

S2c

 

 

Gates, C. Lenoard

622 51 78

BM2c

X

 

Gaudet, Arthur J.

7619213

S2c

 

 

Genarlsky, Walter H.

616 66 63

SoM2c

 

 

Gibbens, Robert W.

628 73 34 

F2c 

X

 

Haglund, Edward Jr.

622 31 58

MoMM2C

X

 

Hall, Condrid

630 93 18

StM1c

 

 

Harris, Edward E.

636 19 83

MoMM2c

 

 

Herren, Elvin LaV.

621 08 70 

Bkr2c

 

X

Heyer, Elmer M.

622 47 35

EM1c

X

 

Hoffan, Lyle B.

380 39 95

SM1c

 

 

Honce, James F.

552 62 01

RM3c

X

 

Horne, Carl D.

705 19 12

Y2c

 

 

Hoxsie, Lowell D.

205 07 01

MoMM2c

 

 

Kaszer, Frank

652 68 76

F2c

 

 

Kevern, EDW J.

063098

LCDR

 

 

King, Claiborne M.

263 60 38

S2c

X

 

Koehler, John F.

183380

ENS

 

 

Krings, George

646 70 82

RM2c

X

 

Kroell, Joesph H.

628 94 23 

SF2c

 

 

Lair, Leonard E.

623 21 85

ScM3c

 

 

Lardie, Richard J.

623 72 18

F1c

 

 

Lesperance, Edgar P.

305 63 07

EM2c

X

 

Lombardo, Frank M

650 66 43 

SoM3c

X

 

Long, Parl Marker Jr.

382 02 01

RM2c

 

 

Mellody, Howard F.

706 52 05

F2c

 

 

Moore, Arnold N.

501 05 06

EM1c

 

 

Nichols, Albert M.

371 37 45

CQM(PA)

 

 

Olender, Frank

111950

LTJG

 

 

Parker, Preston E.

6258905

F1

 

 

Parks, Henry F.

256 35 82

Y1c

 

 

Petitti, Jasper D.

607 38 68

SM3c

X

 

Phelps, Harry E.

623 66 65

MoMM2c

 

X

Phillips, William J. Jr.

622 54 35

F2c

 

 

Porter, Richard J.

652 99 41 

EM3c

 

 

Reed, Everett B.

602 53 44

CM1c

X

 

Ridders, Patrick C.

655 28 35

MoMM2c

X

 

Rideout, Edward A.

606 88 99 

S1c

 

 

Romanowicz, Walter J.

725 38 74

RdM2c

 

 

Ross, EDW E. Jr

221930

ENS

 

 

Schloder, Earl

2507505

F2

 

 

Senee, Stanley A.

705 40 22 

MoMM2c

 

X

Seratt, Bert W.

630 04 77

MoMM2c

 

 

Shannon, James M.

224 74 87 

F2c

X

 

Sharp, Norris C.

2443254

EM3

 

 

Speece, Frank K.

2443253

EM3

 

 

Stewart, James Reese

194 25 82 

CEM(AA)

 

 

Strazzere, Innocenzo E.

608 56 80

MoMM2c

 

 

Stringer, James V.

626 20 42 

F1c

 

 

Sweat, John M.

6371613

SC3

 

 

Swett Benj S Jr

120565

LTJG

 

 

Thatcher, John G.

660 29 32

RT1c

 

 

Thoman, Bruce B.

652 42 23 S2c

 

 

 

Thompson, Martine Dana

225 01 05

GM2c

X

 

Torrey, Charles R.

606 85 40

S1c

X

 

Vitanis, Nicholas

706 87 13

GM3c

X

 

Walter, Barney H.

342 67 96

S1c

 

 

Warzenski, B.

6670096

SOM3

 

 

Weinstein, David M.

625 37 92

QM2c

 

 

Wiener, John C.

300 82 73

SK3c

 

 

Wilcox, Robert R.

618 44 17

RM3c

 

 

Williams, Willard W Jr

092186

WO

 

 

Wchester, Randoloh

244 27 65

SC3c

 

 

Windham, Henry R.

274 34 00

CMoMM(AA)

 

 

Winker, Irwin W.

669 39 91 

SC2c

 

 

Wood, Gilbert T.

201 45 10 

EM1c

X

 

The above was compiled from document Pers-8273-RPB by Everett Reed a week after the Skill was sunk. The original list compiled by Everett Reed did not contained the ships officers. The officers were added from a document titled " SALERNO LANDINGS 9 SEPTEMBER 1943 TO 21 SEPTEMBER 1943".
 

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