From: Dictionary of American Fighting Ships


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(AM - 219: dp. 530; l. 184'6"; b. 33'; dr. 9'9"; s. 15 k.; cpl. 104; a. 1 3"; cl. Admirable) Design (AM-219) was launched 6 February 1944 by Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Tampa, Fla.; sponsored by Miss B. L. Gould; and commissioned 29 June 1944, Lieutenant L. A. Young, USNR, in command. Design sailed from New York 8 September 1944 and escorted a convoy to Pearl Harbor, returning to San Francisco on similar duty 20 November. Three days later she sailed to Seattle to pick up another convoy for Pearl Harbor, where she arrived 9 December, en route west. From her arrival at Eniwetok 29 December 1944 until 19 March 1945, Design operated on convoy to and patrol duty at Kossol Roads, Palau; Saipan; Ulithi; Guam; Hollandia, New Guinea; and San Pedro Bay, Leyte. Design arrived off Okinawa 26 March for preinvasion minesweeping, during which she rescued the survivors of YMS-103 who had struck a mine. On 4 July she sailed to sweep in support of the 3d Fleet operations against Japan until the last day of the month. After brief overhaul at San Pedro Bay, Design returned to Okinawa 1 September 1945 and sailed a week later to clear Wakanoura Wan, Honshu, for occupation landings. She continued to sweep mines off Nagoya and in the East China Sea, then departed Sasebo 20 November for the west coast, arriving at San Diego 19 December. On 10 January 1946 she got underway for Galveston, Tex., and Orange, Tex. She was placed in commission in reserve there 14 May 1946 and out of commission in reserve 24 August 1946. She was reclassified MSF-219, 7 February 1955. Design received three battle stars for World War II service.Transcribed by Yves HUBERT (