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Tide (AM-125)

Call sign:
Nan - Baker - Mike - Oboe

Sunk 7 June 1944

Auk Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 16 March 1942 at Savannah Machinery and Foundry Co., Savannah, GA
  • Launched 7 September 1942
  • Commissioned 9 May 1943
  • Sunk by enemy mine off Normandy beachhead 7 June 1944
  • Struck from the Naval Register 29 July 1944.


  • Displacement 890 t.
  • Length 221' 2"
  • Beam 32'
  • Draft 10' 9"
  • Speed 18.1 kts.
  • Complement 105
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 40mm gun mounts, two 20mm gun mounts, two depth charge tracks, and five depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 1,766shp General Motors 12-278 diesel electric engines, Farrel-Birmingham reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    AM-125 55k - USS Defense (AM-317) Web Site
    Tide 150k Underway at sea, 15 June 1943
    National Archives photo 80-G-410253
    Naval Historical Center
    Tide 156k Underway at sea, circa 1943-1944. This photograph has been retouched by wartime censors to remove the radar antenna atop the ship's mast.
    National Archives photo 80-G-46242
    AM-125 25k 7 June 1944, off Normandy beachead Hyperwar U.S. Navy in WWII
    Web Site
    Tide 106k Sinking, soon after hitting a mine off "Utah" Beach, on 7 June 1944, during the Normandy landings. Note her broken back, with smoke pouring from amidships.
    National Archives photo 80-G-651676
    Naval Historical Center
    Tide 101k Sinking, soon after hitting a mine off "Utah" Beach, on 7 June 1944, during the Normandy landings. Pheasant (AM-61) is standing by, off Tide's bow
    National Archives photo 80-G-651677
    Tide 101k Sinking, soon after hitting a mine off "Utah" Beach during the Normandy landings, 7 June 1944, Pheasant (AM-61) is standing by, off Tide's bow and PT-509 is to the left
    National Archives photo 80-G-651678
    D-Day Map 508k Location of sinking.
    Chart from the June 2002 edition of National Geographic
    Joe Radigan

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Alvin Robinson, USNR9 May 1943 - 26 November 1943
    02LCDR Allard Barnswell Heyward, USNR26 November 1943 - 7 June 1944 (Killed in Action)
    03LCDR George Richard Crane, USNR7 June 1944 (XO - Took command of survivors)
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler. Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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