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|73k||Eugene Earle Amick was born on 26 January 1919 at Boonville, Mo. He studied at the University of Kansas City and Rockhurst College before entering William Jewell College in 1937. After graduating from the latter in 1941, Amick enlisted in the Naval Reserve on 19 September 1941. Following preliminary training he was appointed a midshipman on 13 February 1942 and entered the United States Naval Reserve Midshipman's School at Northwestern University. Upon his successful completion of the officers' candidate course there, he was commissioned ensign on 14 May 1942 and assigned to USS Astoria (CA 34). Amick served in that cruiser during the early summer of 1942 as she prepared to participate in the first Allied thrust in the Pacific the invasion of the Solomon Islands at Guadalcanal. He was killed on the second night after the original landings as Allied warships attempted to protect American beachheads in the Battle of Savo Island in the small hours of 9 August.
USS Amick (DE 168) (1943-1947) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Left photo is a professional picture of Eugene Amick as a midshipman, the right photo was taken on his wedding day; Photos courtesy of Joanne Amick Comer, sister of Ens. Amick)
|58k||circa 1961: IJN Asahi (DE-262) (ex-USS Amick DE 168) at anchor, location unknown. Note crewmen standing at attention along her starboard side. (Photo by Hajime Fukaya; from "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1961-62")||Robert Hurst|
Courtesy of Tom Kermen
|Amick's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 26 Jul. 1943 - 1944||Lcdr. Francis Creath Brewer McCune (ret. as Radm.) (comm.)|
|2.) 1944 - 1945||Lcdr. King Upton|
|3.) 1945 - May 1946||Lcdr. Carl August Sander, Jr.|
|4.) May 1946 - 19 Jun. 1946||Lcdr. John Ashmore Harman|
|5.) 19 Jun. 1946 - 16 May 1947||Lt. Horace H. Carroll (decomm.)|
|6.) Nov. 1954 - 14 Jun. 1955||Lt. Herbert Dudley Mills, Jr. (Transfer OinC)|
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