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|60k||24 February 1942
Weaver Shipyards, Orange, TX
Courtesy of Dr. Howard C. Williams
Texana and Orange County Historian
|52k||From the collection of crew member A. Garito, MoMM3/c||Tommy Trampp|
|308k||6 May 1946
Olongapo, Subic Bay, Luzon, Philippine Islands
John Dever is fourth from the left.
YMS-68 is astern of YMS-196
Photo by Leonor Art Studio, Subic City, P. I.
|01||LTJG John Howard, Jr., USNR||1 August 1942|
Orange, Texas, Feb 24: Almost with the setting of the February sun, the "YMS-68" United States Minesweeper took her initial plunge in to the waters of (the) Sabine river on the ways at the Weaver shipyards at 5:55 pm Tuesday. Although almost an everyday affair at Orange the beautiful launching furnished a thrill for a large group of friends, who shivered as the vessel, bedecked with scores of flags of allied nations, started on its journey which will ultimately include the task of sweeping the waters of the sea ahead of great war vessels.
Mrs. John M.D. Knowles christened the sweeper by crashing across its bow a bottle of champagne. Mrs Knowles, attractive wife of Lieut. John M. D. Knowles, a member of the local Navy staff, carried a bouquet of beautiful red roses.
Lieut. Knowles presented as the principal speaker of the occasion complimented the Weaver shipyard group from the management to the laborers for the skill and speed shown in turning out this, the third of the 10 minesweepers under contract at this yard. Repeating words of other naval officers, Lieut. Knowles urged that more boats be built "to chase our enemies to the depths of the sea".
J.H. David, president of the chamber of commerce, who served as the master of ceremonies, paid a high compliment to the Weaver shipyard forces for the magnificent record made, presented the following in addition to the sponsor and speaker: Mr. and Mrs. Joe W. Weaver, Mrs. L. Ed Weaver, Mrs. J.H. David, Lewis Weaver, Miss Anna Weaver, Mrs. G.B. Johnson, Master Skipper Weaver, Lieut. E.B. Roth, Ensign James Baldwin, Jr. and Ensign W.W. Carrol.
Lieut. (JG) John Howard, Jr. is to be the commanding officer of the YMS-68. Ensign J.J. Summerel to be the second officer.
Commander E.B. Perry, USN superintendent of all Navy shipbuilding in Texas launching authority, was not present at the launching.
Archie Weaver, general manager of the ship yard, was absent from the launching having gone to Washington, D.C. two or three days ago.
A barbeque was served to the shipyard workers and friends immediately after the launching.
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