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  USS Emmons DD-475 / DMS-22
USN
Gleaves-class destroye

1,630 Tons
348'2" | 36'1" | 15' 8"
4 x 40mm

Ship History
Built by Bath Iron Works at Bath, Maine. Launched on August 23, 1941. Comissioned on December 5, 1944 at Boston Naval Shipyard.

Participated in Operation Overlod (invasion of Normandy) and Operation Dragoon (France) prior to Pacific service.

Conversion to Minesweeper
The destroyer was modified at Boston on November 9 into a high speed minesweeper, and reclassified DMS-22 on November 15, 1944. In this configuration, the ship had 7 x 20mm. Six side-throwing "K" guns had replaced the "Y" gun. 3 x 5"/38. 5 x 21" torpedoes, 2 x twin 40mm mounts.

Okinawa
Departed for the Pacific on March 19, 1945 to clear Okinawa sea aproaches for the landing on April 1, 1945. After completing minesweeping operations, the destroyer took up. On picket duty off Iheya Jima from April 1-6, 1945.

Sinking History
On April 6, 1945 while assisting its sister ship, the burning USS Rodman, the Emmons was hit by five Kamikaze planes at 1630. In less than two minutes, with the stern smashed and most of the superstructure gone. Of the 254 members of the crew, fifty were killed or missing in action and sixty-five were wounded.

Heavily damaged, it drifted towards Kouri Jima where it was sunk by ninety-six 5" rounds from the USS Ellyson.

Shipwreck
This ship is the only known shipwreck off Okinawa in SCUBA divable depth.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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