- USS Ransom (AM-283)
USS "Ransom" (AM-283) was an
Admirable-classminesweeper built for the U.S. Navyduring World War II. She was built to clear minefields in offshore waters, and served the Navy in the Pacific Oceanbefore voyaging to the U.S. East Coastprior to decommissioning. Post-war, her crew returned home proudly with three battle starsto their credit.
"Ransom" was laid down
24 April 1943by General Engineering & Dry DockCo., San Francisco, California; launched 18 September 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Dwight H. Dexter and commissioned 5 August 1944, Lt. Comdr. William N. McMillen, USNR, in command.
World War II Pacific Ocean operations
After shakedown off the
Californiacoast, "Ransom" got underway for Hawaii 15 Octoberand arrived at Pearl Harbora week later for escort duty back to the west coast and later to Eniwetok, Ulithi, and Kossol Roads, arriving at the latter 12 January 1945. She then worked in the antisubmarinepatrol screen off Peleliu.
From 1 to
18 February, "Ransom" acted as harbor entrance station vessel at Kossol, and patrolled in screens between Kossol and Peleliu, before proceeding to Ulithito stage for Operation Iceberg.
Supporting Okinawa operations
19 Marchshe sailed for the Ryukyuswith task unitTU 52.5.3 and, from 25 Marchto 18 April, she swept and patrolled in assigned areas around Okinawadespite heavy Japanese coastal and aerial resistance.
Ransom shoots down three kamikaze aircraft
6 April, "Ransom" shot down three suicide aircraftwhile rescuing 52 survivors of USS|Rodman|DMS-21 and USS|Emmons|DMS-22. The third kamikaze's bomb caused some minor damage to "Ransom". Relieved of sweeping duties 18 April, "Ransom" was assigned to antiaircraftand antisubmarinepatrol. Although damaged on the 22nd by a bomb from a "Val" she had splashed 10 feet off her port quarter, "Ransom" continued to patrol through June.
4 July"Ransom" resumed minesweeping operations. Throughout the month she operated in the East China Sea, sweeping a total of seven mines, then, on 6 August, she retired to Leytefor overhaul and repair. Returning to Okinawaat the end of the month, she continued on to Japanwith task group TG 52.4, and on 9 Septemberbegan sweeping mines at Nagasaki. On 21 September, she shifted to Bungo Suido, where she swept until the end of September. During the month "Ransom" swept 73 enemy mines.
Transfer to Atlantic Ocean operations
Kure, Japan, for the United States 20 November. Transiting the Panama Canal 30 December 1945, she continued on to New Orleans, Louisiana; underwent pre-inactivation overhaul; and decommissioned at Orange, Texas, 3 March 1947.
Berthed at Orange for the next four years, "Ransom" recommissioned
16 March 1951. Assigned to the Atlantic Fleet, she operated out of Charleston, South Carolina, Norfolk, Virginia, and Yorktown, Virginia, through 1952. She then operated from New Englandto the Caribbeanuntil decommissioned at Charleston in June 1953.
She arrived at
Orange, Texas, 22 Septemberand entered the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. "Ransom" was reclassified MSF-283 on 7 February 1955, and moved to Floridain November 1958where she remained until struck from the Navy list 1 May 1962. Transferred to Mexico as "DM-12", later "Teniente Juan de la Barrera" (C-55).
"Ransom" earned three
battle starsfor World War II service.
List of United States Navy ships
World War II
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