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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Saturday, December 29, 1945
Mine Explosion in Tsushima Straits
Minivet was in the midst of a 2nd minesweeping pass of the area when she struck a mine. In a matter of minutes Minivet rolled over and sank. ... Despite the discipline and courageous action of her crew and the bravery of American and Japanese rescuers, Minivet suffered 31 men killed. She became the first American minesweeper lost during these hazardous operations that had destroyed 20,000 mines since the end of the war.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 31

Namesort descending Service Branch
Sea 2c Harold Angney USN
Sea 2c Jack Bailey USN
Sea 2c Joseph Borome USN
Sea 2c Eugene Clifton USN
Sea 1c Frank Damiano USN
Sea 2c Roy Duch USN
Sea 1c John Duggan USN
Sea 2c James Duncan USN
Sea 1c Hall Fisher USN
F 2c Noah Fruge USN
MOMM 3c Gail Hanson USN
MOMM 3c Edward Heine USN
MOMM 3c John Herbert USN
Sea 2c Kurt Jennings USN
StM 1c Alvin Jones USN
F 1c Robert Kaufman USN
MOMM 2c William Lafferty USN
Sea 1c Rorert Lebsock USN
Sea 2c Phillip Lee USN
Sea 1c Samuel Lowry USN


Prepared by CAPT R. O. Strange USN (Ret.)