USS Wasmuth (DMS 15)
Destroyer of the Clemson class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Mod||High speed minesweeper|
|Built by||Mare Island Navy Yard (Vallejo, California, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||12 Aug 1919|
|Launched||15 Sep 1920|
|Commissioned||16 Dec 1921|
|Lost||29 Dec 1942|
Decommissioned on 26 July 1922
On 28 December 1942 USS Wasmuth (Lt.Cdr. Jospeh Wilson Leverton, Jr., USN) was escorting a convoy through a heavy Alaskan storm when two depth charges were wrenched from their tracks by the pounding sea, fell over the side, and exploded beneath the ship's fantail. The blasts carried away part of the ship's stern and the ship began to founder; in the gale, the pumps could not make headway against the inexorably rising water below. Despite the heavy sea, the oiler USS Ramapo (AO-12) came alongside the crippled and foundering Wasmuth in a display of seamanship and daring. For three and one-half hours, the tanker remained with the sinking high-speed minesweeper, battling the waves while proceeding with the ticklish business of transferring the latter's officers and men (134) and two passengers. After completing that heroic rescue, Ramapo pulled away; Wasmuth eventually sank early on 29 December.
Commands listed for USS Wasmuth (DMS 15)
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|1||Church Allen Chappell, USN||20 Apr 1939||19 Jul 1941|
|2||Lt.Cdr. John Lester Wilfong, USN||19 Jul 1941||29 Jun 1942|
|3||T/Lt.Cdr. Joseph Wilson Leverton, Jr., USN||29 Jun 1942||29 Dec 1942|
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