Allied Warships

USS Lark (AM 21)

Minesweeper of the Lapwing class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantAM 21 
Built byBaltimore Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Co. (Baltimore, Md, U.S.A.) 
Laid down11 Mar 1918 
Launched6 Aug 1918 
Commissioned12 Apr 1919 
End service6 Feb 1946 

Reclassified fleet tug AT-168 on 1 March 1944
Redesignated fleet tug old ATO-168 on 15 May 1944
Decommissioned on 7 February 1946 at San Francisco, California


Commands listed for USS Lark (AM 21)

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and that we only list Commanding Officers for the duration of the Second World War.

1Lt. John Orla Jenkins, USN15 Jan 1938Mar 1941
2Lt. Hugh Pollard Thomson, USNMar 1941Jan 1943
3Lt. Eugene Carter Rider, USNJan 194330 Apr 1943
4John Frink Rowe, USNR30 Apr 1943Jun 1944
5Paul C. Lindlay, Jr., USNRJun 194418 Jun 1945
6Herbert Fendle Hugo, USN18 Jun 19457 Feb 1946

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Notable events involving Lark include:

27 Sep 1942
Around 0745H/27, USS Skipjack (T/Lt.Cdr. J.W. Coe, USN) and USS Searaven (T/Lt.Cdr. H. Cassedy, USN) departed Fremantle for their 5th war patrols.

USS Skipjack was ordered patrol in the Banda Sea and then patrol her way north wards as she is to end her patrol at Pearl Harbour.

USS Searaven was ordered to patrol in the Sunda Strait inspecting Flying Fish Cove, Christmas Island en-route and on the way back from the patrol area.

On laving harbour they first conducted exercises with USS Lark (Lt.Cdr. H.P. Thomson, USN) before proceeding on patrol. (1)

27 Aug 1943
HrMs K XII (Lt.Cdr. T. Brunsting, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Fremantle with USS Lark. (2)


  1. Patrol report of USS Skipjack for her 5th war patrol + Patrol report of USS Searaven for her 5th war patrol
  2. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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