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NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Jig - Yoke - Tare


Joe M call sign (1949):
William - King - Zebra - Xray

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 8 March 1943 as YMS-344 by the Bellingham Marine Railway and Boat Building Co., Bellingham, WA
  • Launched 4 June 1943
  • Reclassified as a District Degaussing Vessel, YDG-6, 12 August 1943
  • Commissioned USS YDG-6, 14 January 1944
  • Seriously damaged in typhoon Louise 9 October 1945 at Okinawa
  • Decommissioned 1 July 1946
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in November 1947
  • Registered in 1949 to 20th Century Fishing Industries, Inc. of Hollywood, CA as the fishing boat Joe M out of Los Angeles, CA
  • Registered in 1950 to Ralph G. Orkin of Los Angeles as the fishing boat Joe M out of Los Angeles
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 270 t.
    1949 - 257 t.
  • Length 136'
    1949 - 126.5'
  • Beam 24' 6"
  • Draft 8'
    1949 - 11.5'
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 32
  • Armament: Two 20mm mounts
  • Propulsion: Two 900shp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    YMS-344 80k Gary Priolo
    YMS-344 91k YDG-6 photographed by her builder on 18 January 1944
    National Archives photo 19-N-60070 from the Naval Historical Center at
    Robert Hurst
    YMS-344 96k YDG-6 photographed by her builder on 18 January 1944
    National Archives photos 19-N-60072 and 19-N-60077
    Mike Green
    YMS-344 101k

    Commanding Officers
    01LT William D. Van de Carr, USNR14 January 1944
    02LTJG E. D. Houde, USNR1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for YDG-6
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