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Scurry

 

(AM-304: dp. 795; l. 184'6"; b. 33'; dr. 9'9"; s. 14.8 k.; cpl. 104; a. 1 3", 2 40mm., 6 20mm., 2 dct., 2 dcp., 1 dcp. (hh.); cl. Admirable)

 

Scurry (AM-304) was laid down on 24 May 1943 by Associated Shipbuilders, Seattle, Wash.; launched on 1 October 1943; sponsored by Miss Winette DeLaye; and commissioned on 29 July 1944, Lt. Charles E. Dunston in command. The spelling of her name was changed from Skurry to Scurry on 3 August 1944.

 

Following shakedown between 15 August and 19 September 1944, she departed the west coast on 1 October escorting a convoy to Eniwetok. After arriving there on 3 November, Scurry escorted convoys in the vicinity of Eniwetok and Manus until returning to Pearl Harbor on 13 December. Between 31 December1944 and 18 January 1945, the ship underwent two six-day periods of minesweeping training off Maui, and then sailed on 22 January to support the landings at Iwo Jima. Arriving there three days before the assault, she swept the assault and transport areas in preparation for the larger ships. Departing Iwo Jima on 3 March, the ship arrived off Okinawa on 25 March and carried out a week of preparatory sweeps before the landings there. She remained off Okinawa until 8 July, sweeping mines and maintaining antisubmarine partols around the transports. The minesweeper underwent overhaul at Leyte, P.I., from 13 July to 17 August and, after escorting a convoy to Okinawa, sailed from there on 30 August to clear minefields off Japan.

 

Scurry swept mines in the Yellow Sea between 1 and 7 September, and then helped to sweep the approaches to Sasebo and Nagasaki. She was one of the last American ships to enter these ports after the war. Between 17 and 26 September, she acted as pilot vessel at Nagasaki for transports repatriating Allied prisoners of war. She then returned to mine clearance operations, sweeping in the Korean Strait until sailing from Sasebo for the United States on 10 December. The minesweeper arrived at Orange, Tex., on 24 April 1946, and was decommissioned and placed in reserve there on 29 June 1946.

 

Scurry was reclassified MFS-304 on 7 February 1955. She was struck from the Navy list on 1 May 1967 and converted into a salvage training hulk for use by the Navy at Norfolk, Va. Used as a test target, Scurry was sunk off the Virginia Capes on 14 August 1973.

 

Scurry received 4 battle stars for her World War II service.