Lest We Forget

By Eric Wertheim

The Revenge headed back to Pearl Harbor to repair a damaged propeller shaft early in 1945. In February, she once again was assigned to convoy duties and operated out of Ulithi. On 19 March, the Revenge and scores of other minehunting craft sailed for the invasion of Okinawa. On 28 March, the minesweeper Skylark (AM-63) struck a mine. The Revenge played an active role in the ensuing rescue operation and cleared a path to the sinking Skylark . As a result, the only sailors killed were those felled by the initial mine explosion.

In the late summer of 1945, the Revenge transferred to the East China Sea. On 28 August, with a Japanese pilot aboard, she led a minesweeping group into Tokyo Bay to chart a course for the rest of the fleet. Following a month of operations around the Japanese islands, she operated briefly out of Sasebo, Japan, and in the Strait of Formosa. She was inactivated on 18 March 1947 and remained in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet until her 14 February 1951 recommissioning. The Revenge then operated as a training vessel. She was reclassified MSF-110 on 7 March 1955 and decommissioned two days later. After several years of reserve and inactive status, she was stricken from the Navy register on 1 November 1966 and sold for scrap the following year.


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