USS Fixity (AM-235)


USS Fixity (AM-235)

USS "Fixity" (AM-235) was an "Admirable"-class minesweeper built for the U.S. Navy during World War II. She was built to clear minefields in offshore waters, and served the Navy in the Pacific Ocean. After war's end, she returned home proudly with two battle stars to her credit.

She was launched 4 September 1944 by Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Company, Seattle, Washington; sponsored by Mrs. P. J. Toien; and commissioned 29 December 1944, Lieutenant Commander A. P. Krieger, USNR, in command.

World War II Pacific Ocean operations

Sailing from San Pedro, California, 4 March 1945, "Fixity" trained in the Hawaiian Islands for the rest of the month, then crossed the Pacific on convoy escort duty to Eniwetok, Ulithi, and Okinawa. From her arrival there 16 May, "Fixity" took station in the inner screen protecting the masses of shipping at the island, on 22 June driving off a lone Japanese airplane which attempted to attack her. She served on patrol and escort at Okinawa until 30 August, then began minesweeping operations off Korea, concentrating on the approaches to Jinsen. On 8 September she rendezvoused with the amphibious force bringing troops to occupy Jinsen, into which she accompanied them.

Post-War Decommissioning

"Fixity" arrived at Sasebo 10 September 1945, and based there for sweeping operations in Japanese waters until February 1946, when she sailed for the west coast and inactivation. She was decommissioned at Bremerton, Washington, 6 November 1946, and transferred to the Maritime Commission 23 January 1948.

She was sold to the Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co. of Jeffersonville, Indiana and converted to river service in 1949 at Paducah Marine Ways, Paducah, Kentucky, and renamed M/V Commercial Dixie. She was later sold to the Cincinnati Marine Service of Covington, Ohio. Her ultimate fate is unknown. Sunk in Ohio river at Maysville,Kentucky late 1990's.

Awards

"Fixity" received two battle stars for World War II service.

References

ee also

* List of United States Navy ships
* World War II
* Patrol boat
* Minelayer
* Minesweeper (ship)

External links

* [http://www.navsource.org/archives/11/02235.htm NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive - Fixity (AM 235) - ex-PCE-908]


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