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USS Firecrest was a Firecrest-class coastal minesweeper laid down in 1937 and launched the same year. It was placed in service on April 4, 1941 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was placed out of service on September 18, 1944. During its activity, the ship had the main missions within the 11th Naval District under Ensign Charles S. Judson Jr’s command, removing the mines located in the minefields in the water so that other ships could pass safely. It carried a complement of 17 men on board and it operated in San Diego and Pearl Harbor. On October 14, 1944 the ship was struck from the Navy List and delivered to the War Shipping Administration the following year on April 3.