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YMS-220



Call sign:
Nan - Charlie - Jig - Able


YMS-220 served the Navies of the United States and South Korea

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 25 November 1942 by the J. M. Martinac Shipbuilding Co., Tacoma, WA
  • Launched 6 March 1943
  • Completed 30 August 1943
  • Struck from the Naval Register 19 June 1946
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission in April 1947
  • Transferred to South Korea 6 August 1947
  • Commissioned ROKS Gapyeong (YMS 509), 11 November 1947
  • Struck a mine in September 1950 and sank.

    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 mounts, 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
    Sprig 128k Nested along with Sprig (AM 384), YMS-442, YMS-419, YMS-220 and YMS-468
    From the collection of Joseph Richard who served in 1945 in Sprig
    Joe Richard, Jr.
    YMS-220 174k Looking forward
    From the collection of Motor Machinist Mate William Thompson, YMS-220 crew member
    Bill Thompson
    YMS-220 201k Ships logo on her stack. It appears to be Superman cutting a mine's mooring chain
    From the collection of Motor Machinist Mate William Thompson, YMS-220 crew member
    YMS-220 168k From the collection of Motor Machinist Mate William Thompson, YMS-220 crew member

    Photos from the collection of Motor Machinist Mate William Thompson, YMS-220 crew member

    Contributed by Bill Thompson

    (If you know the identity of any of these crew members, please send an email with their names)

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    2. Doc Ford and Tiger

    3.

    4. Red Grahane, Dutch Holland and Sparks

    5. Top row left to right: Kramer, Mich.; [B]oyd Francis Bloomington, Spokane; Ralph Robert Howe, Iowa; Donald V. Johnson, Iron Mountain, Mich.; James William Bassett, Detroit. Mich.; Raymond Edgar Barber, Minneapolis, Minn.; John Thomas Thore and Thomas James Horgan, Boston, Mass.
    Center: (Wearing sunglasses) James E. Yenko, Pueblo, Colo.
    Bottom row: Joel M. Hjermstad, Minneapolis, Minn.; Arthur E. Wolfe, Los Angeles, Calif.; "Dutch" Holland, Elmhurst, Ill.; John E. Gardner, West Va. and Dale B. Saxton, Utah

    6. Top right: "Skinny" William Thompson
    Key West, FL

    7. Sam Jamiesen

    8. Japanese Officers signing surrender papers, Korea

    9. Jim Bassett and unknown opponent

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    11. William Thompson and ships mascot

    12. Chief McCann, Chief Shannon and unknown

    13.

    There is no DANFS History currently available for YMS-220
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