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Adams (MMD 27)

Call sign:
November - Tango - Juliet - Foxtrot

Allen M. Sumner Class Destroyer/Robert H. Smith Class Light Minelayer:

  • Laid down, 20 March 1944 as DD-739 by Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
  • Reclassified as a Destroyer Minelayer, DM-27, 20 July 1944
  • Launched, 23 July 1944
  • Delivered and commissioned USS Adams (DM-27), 10 October 1944 at the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA
  • Decommissioned in December 1946 at San Diego, CA and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Reclassified as a Fast Minelayer, MMD-27, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 December 1970
  • Sold for scrap 16 December 1971 to Chow Iron and Steel Co. of Taiwan.


  • Displacement 2,380 t.(lt), 3,370 t.(fl)
  • Length 376' 6"
  • Beam 40' 10"
  • Draft 18' 10"
  • Speed 34 kts.
  • Complement 363
  • Armament: Three twin 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts, six twin 40mm gun mounts, eleven 20mm guns, two .50 cal. machine guns, two depth charge tracks and four depth charge projectiles
  • Propulsion: Four Babcock and Wilcox boilers, two 60,000shp General Electric Corp. geared turbines, two shafts.
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    Samuel Adams
    ENS Samual Adams 48k

    Ensign Samuel Adams, USN. Photograph taken at Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida, 31 January 1938, while he was in flight training.
    Samuel Adams was born at Northampton, Massachusetts, on 10 April 1912. Graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1935, he was designated a Naval Aviator in January 1939. He joined Bombing Squadron Five (VB-5) on USS Yorktown (CV-5) in May 1939 and served with that unit through the first six months of the Pacific war. On 4 June 1942, during a Battle of Midway scouting flight, Lieutenant Adams located the Japanese aircraft carrier Hiryu, a vital contribution to the destruction of that ship. On the following day, while attacking the Japanese destroyer Tanikaze, he lost his life when his SBD aircraft was shot down. Lieutenant Samuel Adams was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his actions during the Battle
    of Midway
    Photograph from the Bureau of Personnel Collection in the U.S. National Archives
    National Archives photo 80-PA-1A-22

    Naval Historical Center
    USS Adams (DM 27)
    Adams 162k
    Adams 99k Off San Francisco, CA 2 May 1945.
    She is painted in what is probably Measure 22 camouflage, Navy blue (lower color) and Haze Grey (upper color)
    Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1971.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 77371.
    Original photo: Dana Welch
    Replacement photo: Naval Historical Center
    Adams 62k Adams (DM-27) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, CA., late June 1945, following repairs from
    Kamikaze damage.
    National Archives photo 19-N-86927
    Adams 133k Stern view of Adams off Mare Island on 28 June 1945.
    U.S. Navy photo 4932-45
    Darryl Baker
    Adams 147k Bow on view of Adams in Mare Island channel on 28 June 1945. Mare Island Ammunition Depot is in
    the background.
    U.S. Navy photo 4936-45
    Adams 68k 28 June 1945
    Off Mare Island
    National Archives photo
    Joe Radigan
    Adams 335k Aft plan view of Adams at Mare Island on 2 July 1945. She was under going repairs at the yard from 7 May to 4 July 1945
    U.S. Navy photo 5063-45
    Darryl Baker
    Adams 283k Forward plan view of Adams at Mare Island on 2 July 1945
    U.S. Navy photo 5065-45
    Adams 93k c. September 1946
    Mare Island Navy Yard
    U.S. Navy photo
    Pieter Bakels
    Adams 117k Stern view of Adams off Mare Island on 23 September 1946
    U.S. Navy photo 3411-46
    Darryl Baker
    Adams 247k Broadside view of Adams off Mare Island on 23 September 1946. She was under going repairs at the yard from 29 July to 28 September 1946
    U.S. Navy photo 3413-46
    Replacement photo added 28 September 2021
    Adams 136k Bow on view of Adams departing Mare Island on 23 September 1946
    U.S. Navy photo 3415-46
    Adams 105k 25 September 1946
    Mare Island Navy Yard.
    U.S. Navy photo
    Pieter Bakels

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR Henry Jacques Armstrong, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1927
    Retired as Rear Admiral
    10 October 1944 - 7 May 1945
    02CDR Donald Noble Clay, USN - USNA Class of 19357 May 1945 - 20 November 1945
    03CDR Gerald Louis Christie, USN - USNA Class of 193520 November 1945 - 20 December 1946
    04CDR George Marvin Price, USN - USNA Class of 193320 December 1946 - 29 January 1947
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    View the Adams (DM-27)
    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website


    The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in commending the


    for service as follows

    "For outstanding heroism in action while serving as Flagship of Mine Division EIGHT during operations for the seizure of enemy Japanese-held Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, from March 24 to April 1, 1945. Operating in dangerous waters protected by enemy mines and numerous suicide craft, the U.S.S. ADAMS rendered distinctive service in providing effective air cover for our minesweeper groups against hostile attack by air, surface, submarine and shore fire. A natural and frequent target for heavy Japanese aerial attack, she was constantly vigilant and read for battle, fighting her guns valiantly to down seven planes and one probable. Severally damaged by a near miss when three enemy planes attacked on April 1, the U.S.S. ADAMS, by her own aggressiveness and the courage and skill of her officers and men, contributed to the success of the Okinawa invasion, thereby upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

    All personnel attached to and serving on board the U.S.S. ADAMS from March 24 to April 1, 1945, are authorized to wear the NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION Ribbon.

    /s/ John L. Sullivan
    Secretary of the Navy
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