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Valor

 

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(AMc-108: dp. 195 (est.); 1. 98'5"; b. 23'6"; dr. 10'6" (mean) ; s. 10 k.; cpl. 17; a. 4 .50-cal. mg.; cl. Accentor)

 

Valor (AMc-108) was laid down on 27 May 1941 at Rockland, Maine, by the Snow Shipyards, Inc.; launched on 8 November 1941; co-sponsored by Misses Jane and Noreen Brannan; and placed in service on 24 March 1942 at the Boston Navy Yard.

 

Although records are sketchy and inconclusive, the coastal minesweeper appears to have operated in the waters of the 1st Naval District, primarily out of Boston, throughout her brief career. She also served for some time out of the Woods Hole Section Base. She was attached to the Northern Group, Eastern Sea Frontier, at the time of her loss on 29 June 1944.

 

Late that day, she was patrolling the southern approaches to the Cape Cod Canal, alert to the possible presence of enemy intruders on this highly traveled coastal route. Minutes before 2200, as she patrolled north of Cuttyhunk Island in Buzzard's Bay, Valor was struck by Richard W. Suessens (DE-342). Within three minutes, the small ship sank in the shallow waters off Mishaum Point at the western entrance of Buzzard's Bay. The destroyer escort rescued seven survivors; but, although five other vessels joined in the search which continued until sunrise, the seven remaining men on board were never found. The following day, the survivors were transferred to facilities at the Naval Operating Base, Newport, R.I.

 

Salvage operations began the day after the collision. On 14 October, her name was struck from the Navy list. In January 1945, her hull was sold to the Newport Shipyard, Inc.