While the Army was struggling for a foothold, the Navy so completely dominated the Channel that the
Blessman's task was comparatively easy. Only the vast German-laid minefields presented any considerable hazard, and considerable it was too, for the
Blessman's sister ship, the U.S.S. Rich was mined and sunk. The
Blessman herself on 7 June 1944 came alongside the U.S. S.
Susan B. Anthony, mined and afire. Although the Anthony was sinking rapidly, the
Blessman stayed alongside and removed six officers and thirty-eight enlisted men. As the sinking transport became engulfed in flames, the
Anthony's commanding officer ordered the Blessman away, the last ship to leave as the stricken
Anthony sank below the surface.