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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Sea 1c Frank Damiano USN
Bos'n Frederick Nitkiewicz USN
Sea 2c James Duncan USN
BM 1c Walter Stefanick USN
Sea 1c John Duggan USN
GM 2c Albert Spinelli USN
Sea 2c Roy Duch USN
Sea 1c Felipe Subia USN
MOMM 2c William Lafferty USN
Sea 1c Eugene Tucci USN
F 1c Robert Kaufman USN
EM 3c Ralph Woolson USN
StM 1c Alvin Jones USN
Sea 2c Harold Angney USN
Sea 2c Kurt Jennings USN
Sea 2c Jack Bailey USN
CBM George May USN
Sea 2c Joseph Borome USN
Sea 2c Phillip Lee USN
Sea 2c Eugene Clifton USN


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