"Where the Fleet Goes,
We've Been"

“A people who do not honor the deeds of their worthy dead will do nothing worthy of being honored by their descendants.” - Macaulay

Purple Heart
"Time will not dim the glory of their deeds"
General John J. Pershing

Allison, William W. SF2/c USN-R - Jackson, TN
~ Biography

Frisby, Bigelow G. F1/c USN-R - Picayune, MS ~ Biography

Stoddard, Herbert J. EM3/c USN-R - Norris, South Dakota
~
Biography

These men are listed on the Tablets of the Missing at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery Nettuno, Italy
Harry Sonner

On July 09, 2010, the 66th anniversary of the sinking of the USS Swerve, I treated Harry Sonner to a surprise visit. What a treat for both of us. We were only there for a short time, but at least we had some time to visit and had lunch with Harry and his grand-daughter and great grand daughters. If you know Harry, you will know what a gentleman he is and a wonderful friend. God Bless our Veterans!

HARRY SONNER PASSED AWAY ON JUNE 11, 2014
HARRY WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN PROVIDING MUCH OF THE MATERIAL FOR THIS WEBSITE AND FOR THAT WE ARE GRATEFUL.
"Fair Winds and Following Seas"

God Bless you, "uncle" Harry

The USS Swerve AM-121

The following is an excerpt from "Most Dangerous Sea" by LCDR Arnold Lott, USN

Through all stages of the (Anzio) invasion from assault to final breakout, the minesweepers continued their dull and deadly duty, for mine warfare went on after the last gun was silenced, after the last prisoner was taken, after the last casualty was buried; in fact, mine warfare went on until the last mine exploded.

As a minesweeper was the first ship sunk at Anzio, so was a minesweeper the last ship sunk there.

The last mine at Anzio exploded on July 09 as Seer and Swerve made an exploratory sweep outside an established channel in an area supposedly cleared of mines.

At 1300 a moored contact mine exploded under Swerve's stern. The blast threw a sweep float from the fantail, over the top of the foremast, to the forecastle. A wire cable on the fantail whipped across the signal yardarm on the foremast.

Enginerooms and other spaces began to flood. Seven minutes after the explosion the crew abandoned ship. In 15 minutes it was all over. From the decks of the Seer, 95 survivors watched a patch of oil and bubbles spread across a spot where Swerve and 3 of her men became the last casualties at Anzio.

In many ways, and in many places, the war that day went on...


Most Dangerous Sea by LCDR Arnold Lott, USN

The above reference to the first minesweeper sunk at Anzio was to the USS PORTENT AM-106. PORTENT, meaning foretelling a future event, like the SWERVE, sank from striking a mine within months of being commissioned.

Did you know that the Swerve had 2 mascots? Read 'Last Minutes of the Swerve'
by C. Joseph Socha RM3/c

This web page is dedicated to:

Appreciation goes to my father and the other men of the USS Swerve for providing me with the inspiration to begin this project so their descendants and future generations will know the sacrifices they made in the name of freedom and in a small way chronicle one of the events that defined their lives and the resolve of our nation.

The crewmembers of the USS Swerve (AM-121) and all the minemen who served our country during the days of WWII, and

My father, Darrell L. Jackson GM2/c who served on the USS Swerve,
My good friends:

Harry Sonner, Signalman USS Swerve, C. Joseph Socha, Radioman USS Swerve, and Curtis Smith, Radioman on the rescue ship USS Seer AM-112...

And especially to the memory of the three sailors who perished by enemy action on the USS Swerve on 09 July 1944

My special thanks and appreciation to Joan Morthland Hutchins for her financial donation and her time in researching many of the stories and news articles that appear on this site.

This video features a powerful song called the American Anthem. It speaks to the sacrifices, great and small, that created our country. It is sung beautifully by Norah Jones. Take a moment to remember all those who have served in the military, today and every day.


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