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YMS-327 location near Okinawa on 04 May 1945
San Francisco, CA - 1964
The "Galley" - Main Deck - 1964
Everett Harbor - Everett, WN - 1964
Long Beach, CA? - 1965?
Puget Sound, WN - 1966
17 Nov 2014 Comments from Phillip Hays
Officer In Charge of Ruff Decommisioning
I saw your list of ship's crew for the USS Ruff MSCO-54.
I was her last Officer in Charge in 1969. I was a boot Ensign on the USS
Cape MSI-2 [Mine Sweeper Inshore] for nine months when the Navy decided
to get rid of the MSIs. The Mine Squadron had to do something with me so
they assigned me as Officer in Charge for decommissioning the USS Ruff.
The engines had been removed before I came aboard so my function was
just to sign paperwork. I didn't know anything about decommissioning a
ship, and everyone else knew that too. So I told the Chief in charge
that I would stay out of his way and let him do his job. If he needed me
for anything he could find me sunning on the top of the pilot house.
I think I was there for about a month and then they sent me to the USS
Oklahoma City CLG-5 in Japan.
There were about a dozen fellows working on the Ruff for
decommissioning. I don't know if any of them were assigned to the Ruff
or if they were part of a shipyard crew. The ship was decommissioned
somewhere on the north side of Terminal Island in the Los Angeles Inner
Phillip Hays, October-November 1969, Ensign, Officer in Charge
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