From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


A species of wild duck: (Chaulesasmus streperus), about the size of the mallard.

(AM-362: dp. 530; l. 184'6"; b. 33'; dr. 9'9""; s. 15 k.; cpl. 104; a. 1 3", 4 40mm.; cl. Admirable)

Gadwall was launched 15 July 1943 by Williamette Iron and Steel Corp., Portland Oreg.; sponsored by Mrs. Charles McNary; and commissioned 23 June 1945, Lt. Robert C. Thompson in command.

Gadwall departed Astoria, Oreg., 11 July 1945 for shakedown training out of San Pedro, Calif., followed by mine warfare exercises and amphibious maneuvers with fleet units off the California bases of Santa Barbara, San Diego, and Newport Beach. On 7 December 1945 she put to sea from San Diego for inactivation overhaul at New Orleans, La., until 11 April 1946. She then shifted to Orange, Tex., where she decommissioned 14 June 1945 [correct year is 1946] and was assigned to the Texas Group, Atlantic Reserve Fleet. She was reclassified MSF-362 on 7 February 1955 and she remained in reserve berthed at Orange, Tex., until struck from the Navy List 1 November 1966. Gadwall was stripped and designated for sale 10 April 1967.