From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


Displacement 800
Length 221'2"
Beam 32'
Draw 10'
Speed 18 k
Complement 105
Armament 1 3", 2 40mm, 6 20mm, 2 dct, 5 dcp
Class Auk

Heed (AM-100) was launched 19 June 1942 by the General Engineering & Dry Dock Co., Alameda, Calif.; and commissioned 27 February 1943, Lt. J. J. Lind in command.

After shakedown out of San Diego Heed sailed 24 April for the Aleutians where she took up patrolling station then acted as escort for convoys sailing to and from Alaskan ports. After minesweeping operations out of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, she sailed for Pearl Harbor 1 December and took up duty there until 22 January l944 when she joined Rear Admiral R. L. Conolly's Northern Attack Force for the Marshall Islands Operations (29 January-23 February 1944). Heed screened the transports until they entered Kwajalein Lagoon 31 January for the initial landings then began her sweep of the anchorage areas. Screening, mine sweeping operations and hydrographic work kept Heed busy until 31 March when she sailed for Pearl Harbor.

After escort duties at Pearl Harbor, Heed joined Vice Admiral Turner's Northern Attack Force as a unit of the Minesweeping and Hydrographic Survey Group for capture of Marianas, Saipan and Tinian (June-August 1944). After screening Louisville during fire support missions off the southern coast of Saipan, Heed patrolled between Saipan and Tinian and subsequently for the next 7 months screened convoys between the Marshalls, the Carolines, and Marianas.

Heed sortied from Ulithi 19 March 1945 as a unit of Admiral Blandy's Amphibious Support Force for the capture of Okinawa (14 March-30 June 1945). After sweeping operations off Okinawa, she acted as patrol and escort ship until 28 April when she sailed for the United States via Pearl Harbor, arriving Seattle 24 May.

With the newest of sweep gear, Heed sailed again for the Western Pacific, arriving Eniwetok 9 October via the Johnston Islands. She carried out minesweeping operations at Okinawa, Sasebo, Formosa, and the East China Sea before returning to San Diego 9 February 1946. Heed remained at San Diego and decommissioned there 15 January 1947, joining the Pacific Reserve Fleet.

Heed recommissioned 5 March 1952, Lt. E. N. Robinson in command.

Departing San Diego 12 May, she transited the Panama Canal and arrived Charleston 6 June. Between June 1952 and November 1953 Heed operated out of Charleston and Norfolk, making one deployment to the Mediterranean (6 January-21 May 1953) and a cruise to Quebec, Canada (3-29 August 1953). Departing Charleston 16 November she sailed to Orange, Tex., and decommissioned there 27 January 1954 and once again joined the Reserve Fleet. Reclassified MSF-100 on 7 February 1956, Heed remained at Orange, Tex., until struck from the Navy List 1 March l967

Heed received five battle stars for World War II service.