From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


Any of various gallinaceous birds, such as the ruffed grouse or bob-white quail, found in North America.

(YMS-437: dp. 350; 1. 136'; b. 24'6"; dr. 6'1"; s. 12 k.; cpl. 50; a. 1 3", 2 20mm, cl. YMS-156)

The second Partridge was laid down as YMS-437 on 3 October 1944 by J. M. Martinac Corp., Tacoma, Wash. launched 22 April 1945, and commissioned 25 July 1945 Lt. (j.g.) Gilbert Q. McKinley, USNR, in command.

Upon fitting out, YMS-437 reported to the Pacific Fleet for duty on 16 August. Assigned to the First Fleet, YMS-437 conducted operations in the Hawaiian Islands area and along the West Coast. She was reclassified and named Partridge (AM-31) 18 February 1947. In late 1951, Partridge joined the U.S. forces in Korea. Ordered to assist in clearing Wonsan Harbor of mines the little minesweeper struck a mine and sank 2 February 1951. She was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 27 February.