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Dunlin

 

A species of sandpiper.

 

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(AM-361: dp. 530; l. 184'6"; b. 33'; dr. 9'9"; s. IB k.; cpl. 104; a. 1 3"; cl. Admirable)

 

The first Dunlin (AM-361) was launched 26 August 1943 by Willamette Iron and Steel Corp., Portland, Oreg.; sponsored by Mrs. Ernest K. Lissy; and commissioned 16 February 1945, Lieutenant T. T. Wuerth, USNR, in command.

 

Dunlin arrived at Guam from San Pedro, Calif., 7 June 1945. Ten days later she sailed for Okinawa to join in sweeping operations in the East China Sea in coordination with the 3d Fleet strikes against Japan. On 6 September Dunlin left Okinawa to sweep the approaches to Sasebo and Nagasaki. Between 20 September and 31 October she cleared Bungo Suido area and after an escort voyage between Hiro Wan and Kure, arrived at Sasebo 20 November to unload her mine-sweeping gear and supervise Japanese minesweepers operating in Ozue and Ariake Wans.

 

Dunlin put out from Sasebo 18 January 1946 for Fusan, Korea, arriving the next day. She checked the harbor for acoustic mines, then carried cargo from Chin-hae for Allied vessels at Fusan. She was at Sasebo from 1 February until 4 March, then escorted four YMSs by way of Hong Kong to Subic Bay arriving 18 March. She was demilitarized there and sailed to Shanghai, China, arriving 22 April. Dunlin was decommissioned 29 May 1946 and turned over to the Foreign Liquidation Committee of the State Department for transfer to the Chinese Maritime Commission.

 

Dunlin received three battle stars for World War II service.