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YMS-24



Call sign:
Nan - Baker - Fox - Sugar

Sunk 16 August 1944

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 6 November 1941 by the Greenport Basin and Construction Co., Long Island, NY
  • Launched 10 January 1942
  • Completed 25 May 1942
  • Struck a mine 16 August 1944 off St. Tropez, France and sank at 4325' N, 0643' E
  • Struck from the Navy list 16 September 1944
  • Movie star John Howard, (Bulldog Drummond mysteries), (4 April 1913 - 19 February 1995), born John R. Cox, Jr., served as Executive Officer of the minesweeper. The mine blast had killed her captain
    and Cox took over command and fought valiantly to save his ship and crew, even jumping into the sea to save a wounded sailor. For his gallantry he was awarded the Navy Cross and the French
    Croix de Guerre.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 270 t.
  • Length 136'
  • Beam 24' 6"
  • Draft 8'
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 32
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 20mm mpunts, and two depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 880bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    YMS-24 109k Running trials
    Photo from the October 1942 edition of Motor Boating magazine
    David Wright
    YMS-23 & 24 92k Moored inboard of YMS-23
    From the collection of crewmember Leo Azous
    Leo Azous' children: Milton Azous, Jacqueline Azous and Rhonda Azous
    YMS-24 126k Crew photo prior to the invasion of Southern France
    From the collection of crewmember Leo Azous

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Samuel R. Pruitt, USNR25 May 1942 - 16 August 1944
    Courtesy of Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS History currently available for YMS-24
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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