Radioman Second Class Francis Cinque was assigned to the Auk-class minesweeper USS Broadbill (AM 58) during World War Two. He participated in Operation Neptune, the naval component of the Allied landings at Normandy, the bombardment of the Port of Cherbourg, and Operation Dragoon, the invasion of Southern France. I recently had the privilege of helping his grandson’s family identify some of the pictures from his album, and they agreed to allow me to share a few of them here.
This set was taken by RM2 Cinque from the USS Broadbill (AM-58). They show useful details of the ship and interesting events surrounding her operations.
I have identified Mr. Cinque’s photographs to the best of my abilities, and added supplementary photographs where they are useful. If anyone has any additional information or can correct any errors I may have made please add your information in the comments below and I’ll pass them along.
USS Broadbill (AM-58) History
Laid down 23 July 1941 by the Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, MI
Launched 21 May 1942
Commissioned USS Broadbill (AM 58), 13 October 1942
Decommissioned December 1945 at San Diego, CA
Recommissioned 19 March 1952
Decommissioned 25 January 1954 at Orange, TX
Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-58, 7 February 1955
Struck from the Navy Register 1 July 1972
Sold 1 December 1973
Acquired in 1974 by David A. Hahn of Orange for use as a yacht and renamed Anaconda
Displacement 890 tons standard, 1,250 full load
Length 221′ 2″, Beam 32′ 2″, Draft 10′ 9″ (Length 67.4 m, Beam 9.8 m, Draft 3.3 m)
Propulsion: Two 1,559 shp ALCO 539 diesel electric engines, Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts. Speed 18.1 knots (33 km/h)
Armament: One 3″/50 dual purpose gun mount, two single 40 mm gun mounts, eight 20 mm guns, two depth charge tracks, four depth charge projectors, one Hedgehog projector, capacity for up to eighty mines.