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Marfa (PCE 842)

Call sign:
November - Uniform - Victor - Quebec


Marfa served the Navies of the United States and South Korea.

PCE-842 Class Patrol Craft Escort:

  • Originally planned as PC-842 but reclassified as a Patrol Craft Escort (Rescue), PCE(R)-842
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Craft Escort, PCE-842, 28 March 1943
  • Laid down 12 June 1943 by the Pullman Standard Car Manufacturing Co., Chicago, Illinois
  • Reclassified back to PCE(R)-842, 19 June 1943
  • Reclassified back to PCE-842, 15 July 1943
  • Launched 14 November 1943
  • Commissioned USS PCE-842, 29 January 1944 at New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Placed in service in August 1947 as a Naval Reserve Training vessel assigned to the 8th Naval District (New Orleans)
  • Decommissioned 7 November 1947 at New Orleans
  • Placed out of service 17 August 1955 at Green Cove Springs, Florida and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group
  • Named Marfa 15 February 1956
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 June 1961
  • Transferred to South Korea 18 December 1961 under the Military Assistance Program and renamed Tang Po (PCE-56)
  • Sunk by North Korean shore battery fire north of the demarcation line 19 January 1967.


  • Displacement 640 t.
  • Length 180' 6"
  • Beam 33'
  • Draft 9' 8"
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 100
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose mount, three 40mm mounts, five 20mm mounts, two depth charge tracks, four depth charge projectors, and two depth charge projectors (hedgehogs)
  • Propulsion: Two 900bhp General Motors 12-567A diesel engines, Falk single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    PCE-842 73k Rudi Keil
    PCE-842 85k 6 September 1945
    Victoria Labuan, British North Borneo
    Troops boarding PCE-842 at Liberty Wharf. The ship is part of a convoy for occupation of Kuching, Borneo and repatriation of British and American prisoners of war
    Australian War Memorial Photo 118652
    Mike Green
    PCE-842 71k 9 September 1945
    Looking forward from the fantail. The ship is carrying troops of the Kuching, Borneo reoccupation force
    Australian War Memorial Photo 118653

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