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Eager (AM-224)


(AM-224: dp. 530; l. 184'6"; b. 33'; dr. 9'9"; s. 15 k.; cpl. 104; a. 1 3"; cl. Admirable)

Ardent to pursue, perform, or obtain.

Eager (AM-224) was launched 10 June 1944 by American Shipbuilding Co., Lorian, Ohio, and commissioned 23 November 1944, Lieutenant F. A. Fitton, USNR, in command.

Eager sailed through the Saint Lawrence to outfit at Boston and train off the Virginia Capes. She arrived at New London, 15 March 1945, to join the Italian submarine Dandolo which she escorted to Guantanamo Bay, then continued to San Diego, arriving 7 April. Underway 23 April, Eager called at Pearl Harbor, Eniwetok, Guam, and Saipan and arrived at Okinawa 10 June escorting a convoy. She escorted ships and patrolled off Okinawa until the war's end, then swept a channel into Jinsen as an avenue for occupation of Korea. She entered Sasebo 10 September for sweeping operations, which included the novel role of supervising Japanese minesweepers. Eager went home to rest, 28 December 1945, arriving at San Pedro, Calif., 8 February, and went out of commission into reserve 27 September 1946. She was reclassified MSF-224 on 7 February 1955.

Eager received one battle star for World War II service.

Published: Fri Apr 11 15:59:59 EDT 2014