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Call sign:
Nan - Peter - Love - Oboe

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 21 April 1943 by Henry C. Grebe and Co., Chicago, IL
  • Launched 9 October 1943
  • Completed 18 December 1943
  • Commissioned USS YMS-408, 6 January 1944 at New Orleans, LA
  • Participated in the following operations:
    Lingayen Gulf landing 4 -18 January 1945, and
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto 25 March 1945 - 30 June 1945
  • Participated in the following Minesweeping Operations:
    Zambales-Subic Bay 29 - 31 January 1945
    Nagoya (Honshu Area) 28 September 1945 - 25 October 1945
    Wakanoura-Kiki (Honshu Area) 12 - 24 September 1945, and
    Fukuoka (Kyushu-Korea Area) 23 - 27 November 1945
  • Decommissioned 1 January 1947 at Seattle, WA
  • Declared surplus 31 March 1947
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration 29 June 1947 and sold at the Kennydale Shipyard, Kennydale, WA to Emil Lindgren of Deep River, WA for $16,000.00 (Appraised value
    was $650,000.00) for use as a fishing boat and named Eva
  • Struck from the Naval Register 17 July 1947
  • Scrapped in 1953
  • Stripped of all metal in the mid-1980s and burned.


  • 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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    for full size image
    Size Image Description Source
    YMS-408 23k Ray M. Berghefer MoMM1/c
    YMS-408 15k Ship's logo - "Lucky Lady"
    YMS-408 152k "I Am the Bell"
    YMS-408 158k
    YMS-408 c. 1945/1946
    San Francisco Bay, CA
    Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 81017
    Mike Green

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Claude Griffin, Jr., USNR6 January 1944 - 1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS History currently available for YMS-408
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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