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Ruff (MSC[O] 54)
ex-AMS-54
ex-YMS-327



Call sign:
November - Quebec - Foxtrot - Delta

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 2 June 1942 by the Ballard Marine Railway Co. Inc, Seattle, WA
  • Launched 5 December 1942
  • Completed and commissioned USS YMS-327, 19 April 1943
  • Decommissioned 20 August 1946 and laid up in Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs Florida Group
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for placing in service as a Naval Reserve training ship in the 1st Naval District (Boston) as September 1947
  • Named Ruff and reclassified as a Motor Minesweeper, AMS-54, 1 September 1947
  • Recommissioned 10 March 1951
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper (Old), MSC(O)-54, 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned 13 December 1957 and placed in service, in reserve
  • Placed in service as a Reserve training ship 30 October 1959
  • Placed out of service, struck from the Naval Register 14 November 1969 and subsequently sold
  • Ruff was the last ship of her class to leave the Navy
  • Acquired in 1971 by Ernest J. Silva of LaJolla, CA for use as a passenger barge and renamed Libra
  • Acquired in 1979 by Glenn Couch of Chula Vista, CA
  • Out of documentation in 1984
  • Fate unknown.

    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
    YMS-327
    YMS-327 196k Kathy Wagner
    daughter of crew member Richard Sullivan
    YMS-327 119k
    YMS-327 139k Sunset at sea
    YMS-327 201k Crew members
    YMS-327 31k c. 1943
    Midshipman Edward F. Moore, Jr.
    Patti Zapalac
    YMS-327 37k c. 1943
    Ensign Edward Moore
    YMS-327 55k Edward Moore, Jim Maury and the Commanding Officer, LT Robert S. Marshall
    YMS-327 45k Jim Maury, Captain Marshall and Edward Moore
    YMS-327 35k Jim Maury, Captain Marshall, Edward Moore and unidentified crew member
    YMS-327 55k Ships mascot
    YMS-327 50k Ships mascot with crewmembers. Richard Sullivan is on the right
    YMS-327 104k c. 1945
    Courtesy of Donald McPherson, 1976
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 84981
    Mike Green
    YMS-327 66k 2 April 1945
    Kerama Retto, Ryuku Islands
    Indianapolis (CA 35) listing noticeably and water is being pumped from starboard aft. Photo was taken from New Mexico (BB 40) and YMS-327 is forward of Indianapolis. LCT-1414 is approaching Indianapolis starboard to replenish her spent ammunition
    National Archives photo 80-G-316816
    Joe Radigan
    Ruff (MSC[O] 54)
    YMS-327 117k Arnold R. Hofmann, CDR, SC, USN, Retired

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Robert S. Marshall, USNR19 April 1943 - 4 May 1945
    02LT George A. Ashland, Jr., USNR4 May 1945 - 26 February 1946
    03LTJG Donald Charles David, USNR26 February 1946 - 28 May 1946
    04ENS Herbert R. Gerdink, USNR28 May 1946 - 2 August 1946
    05LT William N. Mire, USNR10 March 1951 - 21 September 1951
    06LT George A. Hach, USNR21 September 1951 - 15 December 1952
    07LT William Cornell Magee, USNR15 December 1952 (Acting)
    08LT Philip William Wehrman, USN
    09LCDR James Henry Doyle, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1947
    Awarded two Navy Distinguished Service Medals, two Legions of Merit and the Bronze Star - Retired as
    Vice Admiral
    1953
    10LCDR Louis Leonard Meier, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1942
    Awarded the Legion of Merit (1967) - Retired as Captain
    1954 - June 1956
    11LT James Anthony Allen, USN - USNA Class of 1950June 1956 - July 1958
    12LCDR William Gooding Fisher, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1952
    13LCDR Robert P. Steen, USNR1960 - 1963
    14CDR Howard Shaw Walker, USNR1963 - 18 June 1965
    15LCDR Johnnie L. Garner, Jr., USNR18 June 1965 - 1966
    16LT Robert Oliver Dixon, USNR1966 - 8 July 1966
    17LCDR Johan A. Dillan, Jr., USNR8 July 1966 - 10 July 1966
    18LT Robert Oliver Dixon, USNR (Officer-in-Charge)10 July 1966 - 11 July 1966
    19LT Michael Lee Foster, USN - USNA Class of 1962
    (Officer-in-Charge)
    11 July 1966 - 14 July 1966
    20LCDR Johnnie L. Garner, Jr., USNR14 July 1966 - 18 July 1966
    21CDR Edgar H. Smith, USNR18 July 1966 - 19 July 1966
    22LT Michael Lee Foster, USN - USNA Class of 1962
    (Officer-in-Charge)
    19 July 1966 - 31 July 1966
    23LCDR Johnnie L. Garner, Jr., USNR31 July 1966 - 12 August 1966
    24LT Michael Lee Foster, USN - USNA Class of 1962
    (Officer-in-Charge)
    12 August 1966 - 13 August 1966
    25LCDR Johan A. Dillan, Jr., USNR13 August 1966 - 26 August 1966
    26LT Michael Lee Foster, USN - USNA Class of 1962
    (Officer-in-Charge)
    26 August 1966 - 23 August 1966
    27LT George Richard Holdeman, USNR28 August 1966 - 1 September 1966
    28LT Michael Lee Foster, USN - USNA Class of 1962
    (Officer-in-Charge)
    1 September 1966 - 16 September 1966
    29LCDR Johnnie L. Garner, Jr., USNR16 September 1966 - 18 September 1966
    30LT Michael Lee Foster, USN - USNA Class of 1962
    (Officer-in-Charge)
    18 September 1966 - 23 September 1966
    31LCDR Johan A. Dillan, Jr., USNR23 September 1966 - 25 September 1966
    32LT Michael Lee Foster, USN - USNA Class of 1962
    (Officer-in-Charge)
    25 September 1966 - 7 October 1966
    33LCDR James A. Sjolund, USNR7 October 1966 - 9 October 1966
    34LT Michael Lee Foster, USN - USNA Class of 1962
    (Officer-in-Charge)
    9 October 1966 - 16 October 1966
    35LT Elton McCoy Bridges, USNR16 October 1966 - 17 October 1966
    36LT Duane Willard Gainer, USNR17 October 1966 - 22 October 1966
    37LT Michael Lee Foster, USN - USNA Class of 1962
    (Officer-in-Charge)
    22 October 1966 - 11 November 1966
    38LCDR James A. Sjolund, USNR11 November 1966 - 14 November 1966
    39LT Michael Lee Foster, USN - USNA Class of 1962
    (Officer-in-Charge)
    14 November 1966 - 31 December 1967
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, Joe Radigan and Irma David

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