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Call sign:
Nan - Charlie - Uncle - How

YMS-237 served the Navies of the United States and the Soviet Union

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 6 June 1942 by Stadium Yacht Basin Inc., Cleveland, OH
  • Launched 7 September 1942
  • Completed 20 November 1942
  • Participated in the invasion of Guam and the Palau Islands
  • Decommissioned in July 1945 at Cold Bay, AK
  • Transferred to the Soviet Union 19 July 1945 and reclassified T-589
  • Assigned to the Northern Pacific Fleet 30 July 1945
  • Participated in the Yuzhno-Sakhalin, Japan 11 - 25 August 1945 offensive
  • Placed out of service 17 October 1955 and laid up
  • Scrapped 11 July 1956.


  • 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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    YMS-237 215k 7 September 1942
    YMS-237 at the moment the champagne bottle christened her at the Stadium Yacht Basin in Cleveland, OH
    National Archives photo 80-G-40187
    Tracy White
    Photo added 11 November 2019
    USS YMS-237
    YMS-237 250k c. June 1944
    Notice to All Hands prior to the invasion of Guam
    William A. Huff
    YMS-237 41k c. May 1945
    Long Beach, CA
    YMS-237 45k
    YMS-237 53k c. May 1945
    Long Beach, CA
    SoM3/c Bill Huff at left
    YMS-237 59k c. May 1945
    Long Beach, CA
    Back row left to right: Hardiman, Radioman; Frank Curran, SoM2/c; and Hospital Corpsman
    Kneeling: Koch, Signalman; SoM3/c Huff; and Motor Machinist Mate Watson
    YMS-237 56k c. May 1945
    Long Beach, CA
    Standing: On right Harris, Coxswain
    Kneeling: Chief Boatswain's Mate Carlson
    YMS-237 60k c. May 1945
    Long Beach, CA
    LTJG Paul Helvey and SoM2/c Huff

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG L. G. Kelly, USNR1944
    02LTJG R. D. Friehofer, USNR1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS History currently available for YMS-237
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