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Despite-AM-89

Despite

Scorn; contempt act of defiance.

(AM-89: dp. 296 1. 173'8"; b. 23'; dr. 11'7"; s. 17
k.; cpL 66; a. 1 3"; cl. Adroit)

Despite (AM-89) was launched 28 March 1942 by Dravo Corp., Neville Island, Pittsburgh, Pa.; sponsored by Miss E. E. Stanton; and commissioned 31 August 1942, Lieutenant H. E. Ferrill, USNR, in command.

Despite arrived at Port Royal Bay, Bermuda, 28 December 1942 for duty on patrol and in submarine exercises off Bermuda. She also escorted convoys to New York, Norfolk, Key West and Jacksonville.

On 24 April 1944 Despite arrived at New York, and on 15 May 1944 at Norfolk. Her name was canceled and her classfication changed to PC-1598 on 1 June. She departed Norfolk 13 June for the Mediterranean, arriving as escort for a convoy at Bizerte, Tunisia, 23 July. On the last day of the month she got underway for Salerno, arriving 4 August after delivering a convoy to Naples en route. She joined the Delta Task Force for the invasion of southern France 16 to 26 August, screening ships in convoy, acting as reference and liaison vessel, and providing local escort services.

PC-1593 remained in the Mediterranean on a variety of duties. She performed patrol duty off Palermo and the northern coast of Italy; escorted convoys between Palermo, Leghorn, Toulon,. and Marseilles; acted as harbor entrance control and liaison ship at Toulon; conducted training exercises with Italian submarines at Palermo; and engaged in maneuvers and landing exercises off Bizerte. PC-1593 sailed from Oran 27 May 1946 for Charleston, S.C., arriving 13 June. She was decommissioned at Jacksonville, Fla., 17 December 1946, and was transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal 16 September 1946.

PO-1598 received one battle star for World War II service.