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Industry

 

Habitual diligence in any employment or pursuit.

 

(AMc-86: dp. 195; l. 97'; b. 21'; dr. 9'1"; s. 10 k.; cpl. 16; a. 2.50 cal. mg.; cl. Accentor)

 

Industry (AMc-86) was laid down 11 May 1941 by F. L. Fulton Shipyard, Antioch, Calif.; launched 6 September 1941; sponsored by Miss June Marken; and placed in service 19 December 1941.

 

Following shakedown training, the wooden-hulled minesweeper sailed for Hawaii, arriving Pearl Harbor 11 March 1942. For more than 2 years the ship swept the channels of Pearl Harbor and Honolulu Harbor. As the Pacific war neared its climax in late 1944, the need for mine locator vessels became acute, and Industry's sweeping equipment was replaced by sound gear and diving equipment for underwater locator work. She commissioned 15 December 1944 and began training in company with Medrick (AMc-203).

 

Industry and two other converted minesweepers departed Pearl Harbor 1 May 1945 and, after stops at Eniwetok, Guam and Saipan, arrived off Okinawa 4 July. There she located and raised mines and sunken Japanese midget submarines during the months that followed. The ship fought off enemy air raids in July and August, and in September endured a major typhoon. The ship was scheduled to depart for Japan in early October, but her departure was delayed by another typhoon, this one ranking with the most powerful in the recent history of Okinawa. In the violent storm in Buckner Bay 9 October, Industry drove ashore on a reef. Her crew kept her afloat until rescue came next morning. The battered minesweeper was finally stripped and decommissioned 22 December 1945. The remaining hulk was sunk.