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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Yoke - King - Mike

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 13 October 1942 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 29 December 1942
  • Completed 12 January 1943
  • Placed in service 20 January 1943 and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron ELEVEN (PTRon 11) under the command of Lt. Comdr. Leroy T. Taylor, USN
  • PTRon 11, assigned to the South Pacific, had action at Rendova, Vella Lavella, Bougainville, and Emirau. Transferred to the Southwest Pacific in June 1944, the squadron had action at Morotai, in the Halmaheras. It also based for
    a time at Mios Woendi, Dutch New Guinea, but had no action from that base
  • The "Minuteman", ex-"Spirit of 76" was placed out of service, stripped and destroyed 11 November 1945 at Samar, Philippines.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, two torpedoes, two twin .50 cal. machine guns, one 37mm mount and one 20mm mount
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PT-176 291k Samar, Philippines
    PT-177, PT-178 and PT-176
    Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-176 100k c. November 1945
    Samar, Philippines
    PT-176 65k

    Crew Photos

    Photos from the collection of MoMM1c Bob Hart. Contributed by Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.


    2. Alongi straddling a torpedo



    5. MoMM1/c Bob Hart working on captured Japanese 120vac generator

    6. Noumea, New Caledonia
    c. 1943

    7. Samar, Philippines

    8. Vella Lavella, Solomon Islands
    c. 1943
    Back row: RM Unsworth; MoMM Bucklew; GM Ray Foley; SM Agular; GM Bill Adan; Cook C. Ford; RDR Wes Mathena; MoMM Timber Robson; MoMM Ford and TM Fred Nagelschmidt
    Front row: ENS Miller; MoMM1/c Bob Hart and ENS W.E. Powell, USNR

    9. Alongi on a 20mm


    There is no DANFS history available for PT-176
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