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This site is in
memory of.

RALPH CLYDE SHAFER

Rate / Rank
MOMM2

Service Branch
USNR

Service Dates
1/1943 - 6/1945

Born
12/3/1924
OTTUMWA, IA

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AM-294 USS Salute
Admirable Class Minesweeper:
Displacement: 625 tons
Length: 184'6"
Beam: 33'
Draft: 10'
Speed: 15 knots
Armament: 1 3"/50
Complement: 104
Diesel-electric engines, twin screws, 1,800 h.p.
Built at Puget Sound Bridge and commissioned 1943
Sunk by mine, S. of Borneo on 8 Jun 45

The first Salute (AM-294) was laid down on 11 November 1942 by Winslow Marine Railway and Shipbuilding Co., Seattle, Wash., launched on 6 February 1943 sponsored by Miss Patricia Lindgren; and commissioned on 4 December 1943, Lt. R. H. Nelson in command.

After shakedown, Salute sailed from San Francisco on 21 March 1944 for Hawaii. Between April and September 1944 she escorted convoys between Pearl Harbor, Majuro, Kwajalein, Eniwetok, Guam, and Saipan, before reporting to the 7th Fleet at Manus on 8 October for the Leyte invasion. On 20 October, she joined her division, Mine Division 34, off the Leyte beaches for a four-day sweep of the main transport channel, and then anchored with the transports to provide antiaircraft support. Between 27 and 31 October, she helped search for survivors at the scene of the Battle off Samar, where a group of escort carriers, destroyers, and destroyer escorts, had repulsed the attack of a more powerful Japanese fleet. For the next month, she carried out local patrols and sweeps in the vicinity of Leyte.

Salute participated with her division in most of the subsequent landings in the Philippines. She carried out pre-invasion sweeps at Ormoc Bay on 6 December, Mindoro Island on 14 December, Lingayen Gulf on 6 January 1945, and Zambales and Subic Bay on 29 and 31 January. During and after the initial troop landings, she helped extend the mineswept areas and provided antisubmarine and antiaircraft protection for the transports anchored off the beaches. Few mines were encountered, but kamikaze resistance was intense, and the ships saw much antiaircraft action.

On 13 February, Salute and her division began preinvasion sweeps in Manila Bay in preparation for the landings at Mariveles and Corrigedor. While sweeping off Corrigedor on the 14th, the minesweepers came within 5,000 yards of the island and were repeatedly straddled by Japanese fire before supporting ships silenced the island's guns. Salute continued sweeping in Manila Bay through 18 February, and her division earned a Navy Unit Commendation for the operation.

During the next two and one-half months, Salute carried out several local sweeps in support of ground operations in the Philippines, the most notable being a pre-assault sweep for the landings at Legaspi, Luzon on 1 April, and an 8-day sweep in the Sulu Sea off Palawan beginning on 22 April. On 9 May, the ship arrived at Morotai to prepare for operations in the Netherlands East Indies.

With Mine Division 34, Salute began the pre-invasion sweep for the landings in Brunei Bay, Borneo, on 7 June 1945. The next day, she struck a mine, buckled amidships, and both bow and stern began to sink. Two landing craft attempted to salvage the minesweeper, but they were unable to control her flooding, and the ship sank. Salute was struck from the Navy list on 11 July 1945.

Salute received 5 battle stars for her World War II service.



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Hello my name is Wayne Shafer. The picture above is when I served aboard the USS WASP CVA-18 in 1956.When I was almost 7 years old My oldest brother Ralph, was killed in World War II. When the Salute struck a mine. I'm always looking for Ralph's shipmates. I have found enough crew members, that we have been having ship reunions. The next reunion will be held June 2004, in Seattle, Washington. If you have any questions or if you served aboard the Salute. You can e-mail me at wayneshafer@alltel.net
This website was designed by my son, Scott Shafer. I don't know how many that Scott is extremely ill. He has been given 5 years to live unless he recieves a heart and lung transplant. Look below to the link section. His page is under, This website was designed by......

The wreck of the USS Salute AM 294 still rests where she went down. This is an artists rendering of the Salute. As part of the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Labuan, I dove down to the Salute and placed a wreath beside Her. The dive was over seen by professional divers from the Bornio Divers. And the sketch of the Salute as she looks today .

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Links to other sites of interest.

This Website was designed by....

The Chain Locker- Links to all Minecraft related sites

The Bornio Divers web site.

Search the navy log. (United States Navy Memorial Foundation)

Admiral Class Minesweepers. USS Salute is Mentioned.

America At War. A time line of 1945

List of Ships lost in World War II

Ships of the U.S. Navy, 1940-1945 Minesweepers ( with file ship photos)

U. S. Naval Station, Naval Minewarfare Training Center Ingleside, Texas

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The USS Salute morns the loss of one of her sons....... 
It is with deep sorrow that I advise you of the passing of Clement Kiczuk.
We extend our deepest sympathy to the Kiczuk family for their loss.
You can read Clement Kiczuk's obituary by clicking the link below.
And I have received word that another USS Salute Family member has passed.
It is my sad duty to relay the loss of Roscoe Stinsman.
Our prayers go out to the Stinsman Family.
Click the link below to see the Roscoe Stinsman memorial page.

Clement J. Kiczuk's obituary

In Memory of Roscoe Stinsman September 16 2003