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Garland II (AM-238)

(AM-238: dp. 625; l. 184' 6"; b. 33'; dr. 10'; s. 15 k.; cpl. 104; a. 1 3", 2 40mm., 6 20mm., 2 .30 cal. mg., 2 dct, 3 dcp; cl. Admirable)

A wreath made of branches, flowers, or leaves. Garlands were awarded to the victor in the ancient games.


The second Garland (AM-238) was launched 20 February 1944 by Winslow Marine Railway & Shipbuilding Co., Winslow, Wash.; sponsored by Miss Karen Lundberg; and commissioned 26 August 1944, Lt. Carl Carmichael in command.

After shakedown out of Puget Sound Garland departed San Pedro, Calif., 12 November with a convoy to Kossol Roads, Palau Islands, where she arrived 2 January 1945. The minesweeper acted as entrance control ship at Kossol Roads; escorted convoys between Peleliu and Ulithi until 20 May, then patrolled convoy routes between Ulithi and Eniwetok. She departed Ulithi 28 June escorting a 16-ship convoy bound for Buckner Bay, Okinawa, arriving 17 July.

Based at Buckner Bay, Garland swept mines in the East China Sea (22-31 July 1945) and (13-25 August 1945). Shifting to Ominato Ko, Honshu, she swept Japanese minefields to clear the path for Allied transports carrying occupation troops to the Empire. Garland departed Ominato Ko 20 October to serve as flagship of Mine Division 40 at Sasebo until 20 November when she sailed for the United States, arriving San Diego 19 December. Departing San Diego 31 January 1946, she transited the Panama Canal and steamed to Orange, Tex.; decommissioned there 2 August 1946; and joined the Altantic Reserve Fleet. Reclassified MSF-238 7 February 1955, Garland remained in the Reserve Fleet until struck from the Navy List 1 April 1960. She was sold to Ships and Power, Inc. 24 October 1960.

Garland received two battle stars for World War II service.

Published: Fri Jul 10 07:37:28 EDT 2015