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Partridge II (YMS–437)

(YMS-437: dp. 350; l. 136'; b. 24'6"; dr. 6'1"; s. 12 k.; cpl. 50; a. 1 3", 2 20mm, cl. YMS-186)

Any of various gallinaceous birds, such as the ruffed grouse or bob-white quail, found in North America.


The second Partridge was laid down as YMS-437 on 3 October 1944 by J. M. Martinac Corp., Tacoma, Wash.; launched 22 April 1945; and commissioned 25 July 1945, Lt. (j.g.) Gilbert Q. McKinley, USNR, in command.

Upon fitting out, YMS-437 reported to the Pacific Fleet for duty on 16 August. Assigned to the First Fleet, YMS-437 conducted operations in the Hawaiian Islands area and along the West Coast. She was reclassified and named Partridge (AMS-31) 18 February 1947. In late 1951, Partridge joined the U.S. forces in Korea. Ordered to assist in clearing Wonsan Harbor of mines, the little minesweeper struck a mine and sank 2 February 1951. She was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 27 February.

Published: Tue Aug 18 14:37:29 EDT 2015