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Portent

 

Something that foreshadows a coming event.

 

(AM–106: dp. 1,250 (f.); l. 221’2”; b. 32’; dr. 10’; s. 18 k.; cpl. 105; a. 1 3”, 2 40mm., 2 dct., 5 dcp.; cl. Auk)

 

Portent (AM–106), a minesweeper, was laid down 15 November 1941 by the Pennsylvania Shipyard, Inc., Beaumont, Texas; launched 16 August 1942; sponsored by Mrs. Arthur L. Kline, Jr.; and commissioned 3 April 1943, Lt. Howard C. Plummer in command.

 

Portent sailed via Algiers, La., and Key West, Fla., to New York City to join a convoy to Casablanca and various North African ports 14 May 194:3. From May to November she escorted convoys between New York City and Casablanca, Morocco. Assigned to a convoy entering the Mediterranean, she anchored outside Oran, Algeria, 22 November.

 

Deployed to Italy, she arrived at Naples 19 December. Assigned to the invasion of Anzio, Italy, Portent struck a mine while patroling near the Italian coast, and sank 22 January 1944. Nearby ships rescued survivors.

 

Portent received one battle star for World War II service.