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Call sign (1924):
Nan - Item - Boy - Nan

ex-Eagle No. 38

Call sign (1919):
George - Cast - Nan - Boy

Eagle Class Patrol Craft:

  • Laid down 30 July 1919 by the Ford Motor Co., Detroit, MI
  • Launched 29 March 1919
  • Commissioned USS Eagle No. 38, 30 July 1919
  • Designated PE-38, 17 July 1920
  • On 27 August 1942, PE-38 together with USS Lea (DD 118) picked up 33 survivors from the British tanker San Fabian that was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-511 about 120 nautical miles south-south-east of
    Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in position 1809'N, 7438'W
  • Struck from the Naval Register 3 January 1946
  • Sold 3 March 1947
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 710 t.
  • Length 200' 9"
  • Beam 25' 9"
  • Draft 13' 6"
  • Speed 18.32 kts.
  • Complement 68
  • Armament: Two 4"/50 gun mounts and two .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Two Thorny-Craft Bureau Model 250psi boilers, one 2,500shp Poole geared turbine, Ford single reduction gear, one shaft.
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    for full size image
    Size Image Description Source
    PE-38 116k Mariners' Museum photo Catalog Number PN8685STN Bill Gonyo
    PE-34 & 38 125k Moored starboard side to PE-34 and an unidentified PE Eric Simmons
    PE-35, 7, 8, 34, 58, 25, 38, 10, 6 & 12 429k c. December 1920/January 1921
    Mare Island Submarine Base
    Bottom to top PE-35, PE-7, PE-8, PE-34, PE-58, PE-25, PE-38, PE-10, PE-6 and PE-12
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo PE 86785 Eagle Dec 1920
    Darryl Baker
    PE-38 444k 14 March 1921
    Mare Island
    Mare Island photo

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Van Rensselaer Moore, USN1934
    02LT Ray Andes Mitchell, USN - USNA Class of 1927
    Retired as Captain
    03LT Donald Jacob Sass, USN1939
    04LT Herbert V. Perron, USN1940
    05LT R. A. Leach, USNR1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

    View the "Eagle" Class Patrol Craft PE-38
    DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway website
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    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
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