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(AM-232: dp. 530; l. 184'6"; b. 33'; dr. 9'9"; s. 15 k.; cpl. 104; a. 1 3"; cl. Admirable)

To complete, effect, or perform.

Execute (AM-232) was launched by Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Co., Seattle, Wash., on 22 June 1944; sponsored by Mrs. R. J. Huff, and commissioned on 15 November 1944, Lieutenant R. E. Brenkman, USNR, in command. She was reclassified (MSF-232) on 7 February 1955.

Following shakedown cruise she departed for Pearl Harbor whence she escorted a convoy to Leyte via Eniwetok, Ulithi, and Kossol Roads during February 1945. On 26 March as part of the preliminary assault force for the invasion of the Ryukyus she screened landing craft against countless air attacks.

Early in April she served with the Sweep Unit in clearing the bays of Nakagusuku and Chimu, defended against kamikaze attack, and picked up 70 survivors of the seriously damaged destroyer Mullany (DD-528). She remained on sweeping duty, participating in a feint landing on 20 April to draw attention from a large-scale advance on Naha. From June through 10 September she swept in the Yellow Sea and in Japanese coastal waters.

In March 1946 Execute transited the Panama Canal and on 6 August 1946 was placed out of commission in reserve at Orange, Tex. She was stricken from the Navy List on 1 May 1962.