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USS Amick (DE 168)

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N - G - C - S
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Class: Cannon
Type: DET (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, long hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1240 tons (light), 1620 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Mod. 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 10,800 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 201
Amick (DE 168) Building and Operational Data:
  • 30 November 1942: Keel laid at the Federal Shipbuilding, Port Newark, N.J.
  • 27 May 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Mary R. Amick, widow of Ens. Amick
  • 26 July 1943: Commissioned at the New York Navy Yard, Lcdr. Francis C. B. McCune, USN, in command
  • 03 January 1946: Arrived in Jacksonville, Fla. for pre-inactivation overhaul, then to Green Cove Springs, Fla. where she served as receiving ship
  • 16 May 1947: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 3 years and 9⅔ months of service
  • 14 June 1955: Loan to Japan, renamed IJNS Asahi (DE-262), returned to USN control in early 1975
  • 15 June 1975: Struck from the NVR
  • 13 September 1976: Sold to the Philippines, renamed BRS Datu Siratuna, struck and scrapped in 1989
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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 09 August 1942.

    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)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    105k undated wartime image -
    144k 08 September 1944: off Boston, Mass. - Two views of USS Amick (DE 168) finishing up a yard period at the Boston Navy Yard. She's wearing camouflage scheme 32/3D. During her 18 months of wartime operations in the Atlantic, Amick entered either the New York or the Boston Navy Yard for short availabilities at the completion of each westward crossing. As a rule, she then proceeded to Casco Bay, Maine, or Montauk Point, N.Y., for training exercises before joining another convoy.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #NARA BS 70740 and #NARA BS 70742 from the United States National Archives)
    (Courtesy of C. Lee Johnson at Ships of the U.S. Navy in Dazzle Camouflage
    Tim Rizzuto
    Ship's Superintendent
    DE Historical Museum
    USS Slater at Albany, N.Y.
    195k circa 1943: Port bow view of a diesel type destroyer escort underway, probably USS Amick (DE 168).

    (U.S. Navy photo #NH 79824 Courtesy of D.M. McPherson, 1974; from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    120kb undated: Japanese officers arrive on board Amick to sign the documents for the surrender of Babelthanp, Palau. Tim Rizzuto
    Ship's Superintendent
    DE Historical Museum
    USS Slater at Albany, N.Y.
    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")
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom

    Amick Memorabilia
    Launch Button
    Courtesy of
    Tom Kermen

    Amick History
    View the USS Amick (DE 168) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Amick's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  26 Jul. 1943 - 28 Aug. 1943Lcdr. Francis Creath Brewer McCune, USN (Comm. CO) (USNA '27) (Cleveland, Oh.) (ret. as Radm.)
    2.)  28 Aug. 1943 - 18 Apr. 1944Lcdr. James A. Hetherington II, USNR 
    3.)  18 Apr. 1944 - 08 May 1945Lcdr. Edward Louis Barsumian, USNR 
    4.)  08 May 1945 - 03 Dec. 1945Lcdr. King Upton, USNR 
    5.)  13 Dec. 1945 - 01 Jan. 1946Lcdr. Glenn W. Morrow, USNR 
    6.)  01 Jan. 1946 - 01 Mar. 1946Lt.(jg) Willis A. Miner Jr., USNR 
    7.)  01 Mar. 1946 - 17 Jun. 1946Lcdr. Edward A. Sandor, USNR (Mutual, Colo.)
    8.)  17 Jun. 1946 - 16 May 1946Lt. Harry Carrolli, USNR
    9.)  16 May 1946 - 19 Jun. 1946Lcdr. John Ashmore Harman (Decomm. CO) (Rochester, N.Y.)
    10.) 19 Jun. 1946 - 16 May 1947Lt. Horace H. Carroll (Decomm. CO)
    11.) 14 Nov. 1954 - 14 Jun. 1955Lt. Herbert Dudley Mills Jr. (Transfer OinC) (USNA '46) (Meriden, Conn.)

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