- USS Counsel (AM-165)
USS Counsel (AM-165) was an
Admirable-classminesweeper built for the U.S. Navyduring World War II. She was built to clear minefields in offshore waters, and served the Navy in the Pacific Ocean.
She was launched
17 February 1943by Willamette Iron and Steel Works, Portland, Oregon; and commissioned 27 May 1944, Lieutenant Commander E. C. Davis, USNR, in command. She was reclassified MSF-165, 7 February 1955.
World War II Pacific Ocean operations
San Francisco, California, 8 August 1944, "Counsel" was repaired at Pearl Harborand escorted a convoyto Eniwetok, arriving 20 September. Five days later she was underway for Saipanfor patrol and escort duty during which she rescued three naval aviators off Tinianon 18 October. Arriving at Ulithi 26 October, she continued her patrols, and was assigned on 10 Novemberto escort the damaged USS|Canberra|CA-70|6 to Manus, towing in tandem with SS Watch Hillduring the last two days of the trip. "Counsel" returned to Ulithi 24 November, and sailed two days later for the landings on Peleliu, Palau Islands, where she patrolled against submarinesuntil 15 December. After overhaul at Eniwetok"Counsel" sailed out of that port on convoy escort duty to Guam, Saipan, Iwo Jima, Ulithi, and Tarawa, and on antisubmarinepatrol and minesweeping operations until the end of the war. She arrived in Buckner Bay, Okinawa, 23 August 1945, and until 6 Novemberswept mines in Japanese and Chinese waters, from Sasebo.
20 November"Counsel" sailed for home, arriving at San Francisco 19 December. "Counsel" was placed out of commission in reserve 15 January 1947at San Diego, California. She was struck from the Navy List on 1 July 1972and sold for scrap, 1 September 1973.
"Counsel" received one
battle starfor World War II service.
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