A grouse with feathered feet; found in northern regions.
(AM376: dp. 1,250 (f.); l. 2211; b. 322; dr. 109; s. 18 k.; cpl. 117; a. 1 3, 2 40mm.; cl. Auk)
Ptarmigan (AM376) was laid down 9 March 1944 by Savannah Machine and Foundry Co., Savannah, Ga.; launched 15 July 1944; sponsored by Miss Jeanne Summerlin; and commissioned 15 January 1945, Lt. Alexander B. Barrett in command.
Ptarmigan departed for the Pacific 1 May 1945. Following duty off Hawaii and Saipan, she operated out of Sasebo, Japan, clearing mines off Honshu from late September to late October. Departing Sasebo in February 1946, she arrived San Pedro, Calif., in March. Decommissioned 3 June, she entered the Pacific Reserve Fleet.
Ptarmigan recommissioned 28 October 1950. She arrived in Japan in June 1951. During the Korean War, she destroyed mines in Hungnam Bay, and near Chonjin and Chaho. With Redstart (AM378) she patrolled the Korean coast along Hungnam, Chaho, Songjin, and Wonsan to prevent enemy sampans from laying mines. Leaving Sasebo May 1952 and arriving Long Beach, Calif., in June, she received new guns and radar. Departing Long Beach May 1953 and returning to Sasebo in June, she operated off Hungnam, Inchon, Pusan, and Choto Island, before returning to Long Beach in December.
Sailing from Long Beach in July 1954 to join the 7th Fleet, she patrolled the Korean coast, and in February 1955 assisted in the evacuation of the Tachen Islands. Reclassified MSF376 on 7 February, she returned to Long Beach in March for duty off California and Mexico. In latter 1956, as part of the 7th Fleet, she participated in training maneuvers out of Keelung, Taiwan.
Decommissioned 17 May 1957 at Astoria, Ore., she entered the Pacific Reserve Fleet. Struck from the Naval Vessel Register 1 July 1963, she was transferred under the Military Assistance Program to the Republic of Korea 25 July.
Ptarmigan received one battle star for World War II service, and four stars for Korean service.