From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


Name of a bird.

(PCS-1465; dp. 280; L 138'; b. 23'4"; dr., 8'7"; s. 14.1 k.; cpl. 54; a 1 3", 1 40mm., 4 20mm., 2 dct., 2 dcp., 2 rkt.; cl. PCS-1376)

PCS-1465 was laid down 17 June 1943 by Astoria Marine Construction Co., Astoria, Oreg.; launched 27 December 1943; commissioned 15 February 1944, Lt. D. L. Case in command.

Assigned to commander western sea frontier PC-1465 patrolled and trained off the west coast until late in December 1944. Sailing to Pearl Harbor she underwent conversion to an underwater location vessel and consequently 10 January 1945 was armed and redesignated Minah (AMc-204).

Following an appropriate training period she departed 7 July in company with other AMc's for Okinawa. While steaming beyond Saipan on the last leg of her voyage hostilities ceased. Peace focused attention on the need to clear harbor areas for the restoration of commerce and in Japan to gain access for the occupation forces. Operating until 8 September around the Okinawa area, Minah then sailed to Japan and assisted in clearing mines from Sasebo Harbor. Later steaming into Pusan, Korea, 5 October, she supervised Japanese minesweeping operations. While on this duty AMc-204 rescued the crew of a Japanese destroyer which struck a mine and sank and also employed her divers in checking previously sunken stripe. Additional underwater location assignments were performed at Kure Harbor before departing Korean waters 15 January 1946.

En route to the United States Minah sailed via Bikini Atoll where from 8 to 25 March she helped prepare the area for the atomic testing of operation "Crossroads." Arriving San Pedro, Calif., 15 May she was soon assigned to the Commander Mine Force, Atlantic Fleet, and transferred her base of operations to Charleston, S.C., by 21 July. Demobilization policies curtailed the ship's movements until April 1947 when she undertook a series of BuShips projects in the Norfolk and Yorkton areas. The following 4 years were spent assisting the Naval Mine Countermeasure Station at Panama City, Fla.

Redesignated AMCU-14 on 7 March 1952 Minah proceeded to New York Navy Yard in April, one of 31 minesweepers to lee converted. Local operations out of Little Creek, Va., and Key West, Fla., preceded a final redesignation on 7 February 1955 as Minah (MHC-14). She engaged in projects of the Operational Development Force and saw service within the 6th Naval District before she decommissioned in Florida, September 1959. Briefly berthed with Atlantic Reserve Fleet, her name was stricken from the Navy list 1 November 1959. She was sold to William J. Kleb and removed from Naval custody 8 September 1960.

Minah (AMc-204) received one battle star for service in World War II.