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Elusive
(AM-225: dp. 530; l. 184'6"; b. 33'; dr. 9'9"; s. 15 k.; cpl. 104; a. 1 3"; cl. Admirable)

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Elusive (AM-225) was launched 10 June 1944 by American Shipbuilding Company, Lorain, Ohio; sponsored by Miss E. Sweat; and commissioned 19 February 1945, Lieutenant Commander E. N. Cleaves, USNR, in command.

 

Elusive sailed from Lorain 22 February 1945 by way of Chicago and the Mississippi to outfit at Algiers, La. After training along the east coast, escort duty off Florida, and antisubmarine exercises off Cuba, she arrived at San Pedro 21 July for final minesweeping training. She sailed 16 August for the Far East, and swept mines in Japanese waters, as well as voyaging to Guam and Subic Bay. After removal of her guns and other demilitarization, Elusive arrived at Shanghai 22 April 1946. There she was decommissioned 29 May 1946, and transferred to the Chinese Maritime Commission through the State Department the same day.

Elusive received one battle star for World War II service.