Built at Staten Island, New York. She was commissioned in March 1940 and transferred to the Pacific a east coast shakedown.
Seminole performed towing and salvage operations in the west coast and Hawaii. Assisting the USS President Taylor, Navy patrol craft YP-108 and USS Vireo (AT-144).
In mid-August 1942, Seminole was sent to the south Pacific. She was employed at Fiji and Tongatabu until mid-October, when she arrived at Guadalcanal.
On October 25, 1942, while unloading personnel, equipment and gasoline off Guadalcanal, Seminole and patrol craft YP-284 sighted three Japanese destroyers including Abukuma. Both vessels attempted to escape eastward but were both attacked and sunk into Iron Bottom Sound off the north coast of Guadalcanal. One member of Seminole's crew was lost when she sank.
During 1994, Seminole was discovered by SCUBA divers. The shipwreck is located in Iron Bottom Sound north of Henderson Field off the north coast of Guadalcanal. Seminole rest on her starboard side, partially buried in the mud. This shipwreck is only dived during the dry season due to the location.
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August 4, 2020