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The keel of the ENDURANCE was laid on 15 January
1952 at J. lVl. lVlartinac Shipbuilding Corporation. of
Tacoma, Washington. Launched on 8 August 1952,
ENDURANCE was commissioned on 19flVlarch 1954.
ENDURANCE is a wooden hull, non-magnetic, ocean
going IVlinesweeper. Sheihafsf'sailength:of
of 35 feet, a mean draft of-10.5 feet,
tons. She has a crew of about 6
men. Her pg-Opulsion powe,rq2g1i.si5QLgprovided
speed Packard Diesel engines, which drivefjfitwo con-
trollable pitch propellers. She has the ability to sweep all
types of influence and contact,jmines., if P 9
ENDURANCE visits many' different ports along the
West Coast and has deployed to the Western Pacific
several times since commissioning. While in the Western
Pacific, ENDURANCE has visited such places as the
Philippines, Japan, Guam, Taiwan, Korea, Viet Nam and
Hong Kong. The ENDURANCE was presented the Navy
Unit Commendation by the Secretary of the Navy for her
"exceptionally meritorious service" during the WESTPAC
deployment which ended in August 1966. This gave her
the distinction of being the first Minesweeper since the
Korean War to receive such an honor.
Since commissioning, the USS ENDURANCE has
undergone several extensive shipyard overhauls, placing
her among the most advanced minesweepers in the world.
ln addition to the most modern of influence mine-
sweeping equipment, the ENDURANCE has such
improvements as the new SOG-14 lVlinehunting Sonar, a
greatly enlarged Combat information Center, and the
latest sophisticated communications equipment. To
increase the safety factor of living within a wooden hull,
a light-water firefighting system, similar to those used in
the hanger decks of the super carriers, is installed
throughout the larger part of the ship.
Lieutenant Commander Charles R. SCH LEGELMILCH hails from Yankton, South Dakota. After having lived in various parts
of the world as an Army dependent, he attended lvlarquette University under the NROTC Program and was -commissioned an
Ensign, United States Navy, in 1961.
' During his initial tour on th'e'destroyer USS HARRY E. HUBBARD lDD-7481 he served as Anti-submarine Warfare Officer,
Electronics Material Officer and Combat Information Center Officer. After reassignment to USS BRINKLEY BASS lDD-8871 in
1963, he served as Operations Officer until reporting to the Fleet Airborne Electronics Training Unit at San Diego, California,
where he was Surface ASW Instructor.
During the initial build-up in Viet Nam, LCDR SCH LEGELMILCH volunteered for duty with Naval Advisory Group, MACV,
and was assigned as a Coastal Group lJunk Forcel Advisor.
Following completion of a one-year tour, he extended for a second year in Viet Nam as a Coastal Surveillance Center
Operations Officer and an Aerial Observer for Operation MARKET TIME.
ln May of 1967, LCDR SCHLEGELMILCH was assigned to OPNAV as Assistant Secretary to CNO for JCS matters.
He assumed command 'of USS ENDURANCE lMSO-4351 on 28 June 1969 during a WESTPAC deploymentp he was relieved
of command in Subic Bay on 20 December 1970, and departed for his new duty as the Vietnam placement Officer in the Bureau
of Naval Personal.
LCDR SCHLEGELMILCH holds the following decorations: Bronze Star with Combat "V", Air Medal ifive awardsl, the Navy
Achievement Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon.
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LCDR DONALD A. STOUFER
LCDR Donald A. STOUFER was born in Council Bluffs,
Iowa, on lVlarch 1937. He graduated from Abraham Lincoln
High School, Council Bluffs, Iowa, and completed his college
education at the State University of Iowa, Iowa City, where he
graduated in 1961.
LCDR STOUFER was commissioned on 9 February 1962
at the Officer's Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island.
Following his commissioning, he served as Operations!
Communications Officer on the Radar Picket Ship USS
TRACER IAGR-15l until October of 1963, he was then
reassigned to the USS TAYLOR CDD-4681, homeported in
Pearl Harbor. During his three years aboard the USS
TAYLOR, LCDR STOUFER served as CIC Officer and later as
Operations Officer. In September of 1966, LCDR STOUFER
was ordered to the Bureau of Naval Personnel, where he served
as a Surface Junior Officer Assignment Officer until November
of 1968. He was then ordered to the Naval Post Graduate
School, IVlonterey, California where he earned his lVlaster's
Degree in the field of Naval Management in December of
1969. Following several short schools LCDR STOUFER
assumed command of the USS ACIVIE IIVISO-508l on 10 lVIarch
1970. Following decommissioning of the USS ACIVIE, LCDR
STOUFER assumed command of the USS ENDURANCE on
20 December 1970.
LCDR STOUFER is married to lVIary Kathryn Rose of
Canton, Illinois. They have two children, Robert, nine and
Steven, five. The STOUFER's are currently residing in
Huntington Beach, California.
LT STEPHEN R. WOODALL calls Connecticut his home
state, but has lived in many parts of the country as a Navy
Junior. He attended the United States Naval Academy in
Annapolis, lVlaryland, where he was graduated and com-
missioned an Ensign, United States Navy, on 7 June 1967.1
During his initial tour, he served aboard USS LYNDE
MCCORMICK lDDG-81, home-ported in San Diego, California,
as lVlain Propulsion Assistant. Following two extended deploy-
ments aboard iviccoeiviicx, LT WOODALL received his
orders to report as Executive Officer of ENDURANCE, after a
period of schools and leave, he reported on board
ENDURANCE on 10 November 1969, and relieved as "XO"
LT WOODALL is married to the former Nancy Lori
Nlauldin of Virginia Beach, Virginia. They currently have no
children, and are residing in Long Beach, California.
LT STEPHEN R. WOODALL
Change of Command
On December 21, 1970 in Subic
Bay LCDR SCHLEGELIVIILCH was
relieved by LCDR DONALD A.
STOUFER. Captain SCHLEGEL-
IVIILCH had a well deserved leave
period before reporting to BUPERS
in Washington. Captain STOUFER
comes from the USS ACIVIE
CIVISO-5081 where he was C.O.
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A nice day for visitors
Market Time is the term for the anti-
infiltration blackage conducted by all types
of Navy ships and patrol craft to prevent the
smuggling of arms and ammunition to the
Viet Cong. This is accomplished by boarding
and searching the many junks, travvlers and
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soda fountain. Some oilers provided the
extras: pizzas, cakes, and soothing music.
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ENDURANCE trained for any eventuality. Frequent exer-
cises were proven worthwhile when we were called on for
special missions and emergencies.
An LClVl in danger of sinking was dewatered and patched
for its trip to Vung Tau. A VNN YOG was provided technical
assistance when all power was lost and it was dead in the
water. Sonar searches for sunken VNN PCF's and North Viet-
namese trawlers,.actual battle and shipboard emergencies. All
were handled by a crew that was trained and ready.
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SNl3 Hyatt, counting his blessings
Dignitaries and Congratulations E E
IC1 Weeks and EN3 Foley hit the deck ...and came up
. . .and that's just the tail-fin!
On the evening of 21 November 1970, U.S.S. ENDURANCE was enroute to Market Time Patrol Area Seven as Task Unit
115.6.7, following an underway replenishment. Enroute to the area, the U.S.S. ENDURANCE became involved in,an
operation with two larger Coast Guard cutters which concerned the interception of a potential enemy arms infiltration
As the action developed, ENDURANCE closed, challenged, and identified the possible infiltrator as ahheavily armed
SL3-type trawler, transporting arms and ammunition to the Viet Cong in the lVlekong Delta Area. The trawler did not respond
to challenges, and ENDURANCE, after unsuccessful warning shots, took the trawleruunder destructive fire from all mounts
that could be brought to bear. The trawler immediately began to return fire with a 75 IVllVl recoilless rifle and heavy machine
guns, and made a determined attempt to ram ENDURANCE. ENDURANCE outmaneuvered the trawler, while firing heavily
into the cargo and ship control areas, after nearly twenty minutes of gunfire exchange and heavy casualties, the trawler broke
off from the engagementwith EN DU RANCE, and began to close the coast.
Shortly thereafter, EN DU RANCE directed the five-inch gunfire of the Coast Guard cutters against the trawler, the fire was
effective, and at 0018 on 22 November, the trawler was observed to explode and sink in shallow water close to the- coast of
This battle action, in which ENDURANCE played a key role, resulted in the destruction of an enemy infiltration trawler,
denying to the enemy Viet Cong in the lVlekong Delta the arms, ammunition, and supplies they need so desperately to
continue their war efforts. For their outstanding and heroic performance under enemy fire, EN DU FRANCE sailors received a
total of seven Bronze Stars, nine Navy Commendation lVledaIs, and nine Navy Achievement lVledals, and all hands received the
Combat Action Ribbon. In addition, the ENDURANCE was recommended for award of the Presidential Unit Citation.
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