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Call sign:
Nan - Item - Charlie - George

ex-Eagle No. 55

Call sign (1919):
George - Have - King - Rush

Eagle Class Patrol Craft:

  • Laid down 17 March 1919 by the Ford Motor Co., Detroit, MI
  • Launched 22 July 1919
  • Commissioned USS Eagle No. 55, 10 October 1919
  • Designated PE-55, 17 July 1920
  • The tanker R. P. Resor was torpedoed by the German submarine U-578, 26 February 1942, five miles off Sea Girt, DE at 3947'N, 7326'W. PE-55 attacked sound contact in the vicinity without result
  • Decommissioned 18 December 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register 8 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, one 3'/50 mount, two .50 cal. machine guns and one Y-gun depth charge projector
  • Propulsion: Two Thorny-Croft Bureau Model 250psi boilers, one 2,500 shp Poole geared turbine, Ford single reduction gear, one shaft.
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    PE-55 Crew 110k USS Newton (IX-33) with USS YP-11 and PE-55 at Jersey City, N.J., in 1935
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 66889
    Mike Green
    PE-55 Crew 168k In New York harbor prior to World War II
    Courtesy of William H. Davis, 1977
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 85438
    PE-19, 55, 27 & 26 176k PE-19, PE-55, PE-27 and PE-26 laid up at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME Jay Milewski
    Photo added 2 May 2020

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Evan White Yancey, USN - USNA Class of 1931
    Awarded the Legion of Merit (1943)
    June 1938 - June 1939
    02LCDR Matthew F. Stiling, USNR1941 - June 1942
    03CDR Cecil G. McKinney, USNRJune 1942 - 26 January 1943
    04LT George B. Buck, Jr., USNR26 January 1943 - 20 July 1943
    05LT Donald F. Keefe, USNR20 July 1943 - March 1944
    06LT B. F. Nosworthy, USNRMarch 1944 - June 1944
    07LT Richard W. Peyser, USNRJune 1944 - 2 October 1944
    08LCDR W. L. Blackwell, Jr., USNR2 October 1944 - 18 December 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    View the "Eagle" Class Patrol Craft PE-55
    DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway website
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    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
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