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Merit

 

Virtue or positive value.

 

(AMc‑90: dp. 173; l. 97'; b. 22'; dr. 9'; s. 10 k.; cpl. 17; a. 2 mg; cl. Accentor)

 

Merit (AMc‑90) was laid down 15 August 1941 by F. L. Fulton Co., Antioch, Calif.; launched 4 January 1942; sponsored by Mrs. Walter H. Eels; and placed in service 28 March 1942.

 

After shakedown along the coast of California, the new coastal minesweeper was assigned to the western sea frontier force. Transferred 16 March 1943 to Naval Local Defense Force, 12th Naval District, she continued her sweeps and patrols to protect San Francisco Harbor as a major departure point for men and materials to the Pacific fighting fronts. Regarded as surplus following V‑J Day, she was placed out of service 10 December 1945 and struck from the Navy list 8 May 1946. Eight months later Merit transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wild Life Service.