USS CONFLICT (MSO-426)
Click on photo to enlarge - Thanks to Brian Brown for the photo
23 March 1954 - 12 January 1973
Ships Callsign was "NBDU"
Tactical Callsign was "Camshaft Xray"

This web site for the USS CONFLICT
is dedicated to the men, and their families,
who served onboard this Ocean Going Minesweeper
"... to honor all who served onboard by remembering."



Crewmembers of the USS CONFLICT MSO-426
Aboard the Battleship Massachusettes
Fall River MA October 24, 2009
From L to R-
Don Hawbaker, Bill Hause, Brian K. Brown,
Gabby Dibaczy, Paul " Frenchy" L'Heureux, Bob Quatman
and Mike McElroy.
Missing from photo but in attendance
Rick Szpyrka (In Spirit in their Hearts)
Franklin "Doc" "Rocky" Ray (In Sickbay)


In memory of those that have passed away.

Richard "Rick" Szpyrka - Original Webmaster of this Website

LCDR A. U. Hassman, JR. Commanding Officer, 17 Jul 1963 - 03 Jul 1965
LCDR James J. Kulesz Jr. Commanding Officer, 18 Feb 1970 - 09 Jun 1972
Fred Ahders
Joe Binet
Joseph F. McCorry
Allen Mangold Nash
Ennis C. Raynor
Beryl Root
Alvin Neal Townsend



Aboard the Battleship Massachusettes
Fall River MA October 24, 2009
Conflict Shipmates along with the MSO Community Present
Bid a final Fair Winds and Following Sea to Our Departed Brother Richard "Rick" Szpyrka.



Welcome aboard the USS CONFLICT web site.
This is the first website dedicated to the officers and crew of the USS CONFLICT.

I had the privilege to serve aboard the CONFLICT from 1968 until 1970,
and came onboard as an RM3 and ended my Naval adventure as an RM2.
I made one tour of Vietnam duty and am proud to be a Vietnam Veteran. This Website was my Gift to the Conflict and My Shipmates as well as ALL the Crewmembers who served aboard her.

I hope you enjoy your stay and will tell others about this site.
Rick Szpyrka
EX-RM2 USN, USS CONFLICT (MSO-426) 1968 - 1970

Builder Fulton Shipyard, Antioch, CA
Launched 16 December 1952
Commissioned 23 March 1954
Homeport Long Beach, CA
Ships Compliment 74 Enlisted, 6 Officers
Length 172 feet
Max Beam Width 35 feet
Displacement 630 tons
Armament Twin 20mm Bow Gun and Two 50 Caliber Machine Guns
Draft 10 Ft
Speed 12 Knots
Propulsion Four Packard ID1700 diesel engines ,4 cycle, 2280 Hp, 12 cylinder engines, 1,140 Hp per shaft, 2 shafts, with controllable pitch propellers.
Cost to build $3.5 million

Ship's History

Ship's Mission

CONFLICT's mission was to conduct minesweeping and minehunting operations. The agility of a minesweeper to clear the sea lanes is a very important one for the United States since the use of mines can tie-up both civilian and Navy ships until the channel can be swept. With ships like the CONFLICT performing their mission, the possibility that other ships will be sunk or damaged by mines is greatly lessened.



USS CONFLICT MSO-426 UNIT AWARDS AND CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION

AE - ARMED FORCES EXPEDITIONARY MEDAL

25-MAR-1960 - 29-MAR-1960 - G
G - QUEMCY-MATSU ( 23 JULY 1958 - 1 JUNE 1963 )
18-APR-1962 - 28-APR-1962 - I
I - VIETNAM ( 1 JULY 1958 - 3 JULY 1965 )
11-MAY-1962 - 25-MAY-1962 - I
17-JUN-1962 - 05-JUL-1962 - I


CR - COMBAT ACTION

21-MAR-1968



MU - MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION

01-OCT-1965 * - 30-JUN-1966
* - ONE AWARD FOR MULTIPLE DATES
01-SEP-1967* - 31-MAY-1968


RG - REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM MERITORIOUS UNIT CITATION - GALLANTRY

18-APR-1969 - 23-APR-1969
25-APR-1969- - 11-MAY-1969
24-MAY-1969 - 03-AUG-1969


VS - VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL

14-NOV-1965 - 18-DEC-1965
12-JAN-1966 - 12-FEB-1966
10-MAR-1966 - 09-APR-1966
07-MAY-1966 - 17-JUN-1966
19-OCT-1967 - 13-NOV-1967
11-DEC-1967 - 12-JAN-1968
27-JAN-1968 - 14-MAR-1968
18-APR-1969 - 13-MAY-1969
28-SEP-1971 - 02-NOV-1971
26-NOV-1971-08-JAN-1972



Any Ship can be a Minesweeper - Once

Any Ship can be a Minesweeper - Once

USS Conflict Information
List of Commanding Officers
Ship's Crew 1954 through 1956
Ship's Crew 1967 through 1968
Ship's Crew 1969
Letter of Appreciation
1954 Crew Photo's
1967-68 Crew Photo's by Brian Brown
The first USS CONFLICT (AM-85)
USS CONFLICT Westpac 1969
Operation Market Time 1968
Preparing the USS Conflict for commissioning

Minecraft Sailors that are Ham Radio Operators

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The Chain Locker
NMSOA (Navy MSO Association) Portal

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Last Updated October 30 2009 by Joe Marturano 3rd Webmaster

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