Built by Bath Iron Works at Bath, Maine. Launched on August 23, 1941. Comissioned on December 5, 1944 at Boston Naval Shipyard.
Participated in Operation Overlod (invasion of Normandy) and Operation Dragoon (France) prior to Pacific service.
Conversion to Minesweeper
The destroyer was modified at Boston on November 9 into a high speed minesweeper, and reclassified DMS-22 on November 15, 1944. In this configuration, the ship had 7 x 20mm. Six side-throwing "K"
guns had replaced the "Y" gun. 3 x 5"/38. 5 x 21"
torpedoes, 2 x twin 40mm mounts.
Departed for the Pacific on March 19, 1945 to clear Okinawa sea aproaches for the landing on April 1, 1945. After completing minesweeping operations, the destroyer took up. On picket duty off Iheya Jima from April 1-6, 1945.
April 6, 1945 while assisting its sister ship, the burning USS Rodman,
the Emmons was hit by five Kamikaze planes at 1630. In less than two minutes, with the stern smashed and most of the
superstructure gone. Of the 254
members of the crew, fifty were killed or missing in action and sixty-five
Heavily damaged, it drifted towards Kouri Jima where it was
sunk by ninety-six 5" rounds from the USS Ellyson.
This ship is the only known shipwreck off Okinawa in SCUBA divable depth.
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August 4, 2020