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PT-187



Call sign:
Nan - Yoke - Oboe - Oboe

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 13 November 1942 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 26 January 1943
  • Placed in service 12 February 1943
  • Assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWELVE (PTRon 12), 18 February 1943 under the command of Lt. Comdr. John Harllee, USN
  • PTRon 12, assigned to the Southwest Pacific, had action in New Guinea waters at Morobe, Dreger Harbor, Hollandia, and Mios Woendi, and in the Philippines at San Pedro Bay and Ormoc. It also based for a time at Kana
    Kopa, New Guinea, but had no action from this base
  • Transferred 10 May 1943 to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron SIX (PTRon 6) under the command of Lt. Clark W. Faulkner, USNR
  • PTRon 6 arrived in the South Pacific in time for its boats to participate in some of the last actions with the Tokyo Express at Guadalcanal. Later it had action at Rendova, Vella Lavella, Treasury, Bougainville, Green, and Emirau.
    After its transfer to the Southwest Pacific in May 1944, the squadron was decommissioned and its boats were distributed to replenish other squadrons which had suffered operational losses
  • Transferred 29 May 1944 to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron NINE (PTRon 9) under the command of Lt. Michael R. Pessolano, USN
  • PTRon 9, assigned to the South Pacific, had action at Rendova, Lever Harbor, Treasury, and Green. Transferred to the Southwest Pacific in May 1944, the squadron had action at Mios Woendi, Dutch New Guinea; Morotai, in
    the Halmaheras; and at Zamboanga and Tawi Tawi in the Philippines. The squadron also based for a time at Dreger Harbor, New Guinea, and at Samar in the Philippines, but had no action from these bases
  • Placed out of service 24 November 1945
  • The "8 Ball"; ex-"Nightmare" was transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission in May 1946 and sold
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, two 21" 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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    PT-187 50k . Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-187 120k Photo montage Tommy Trampp
    PT-187 317k Engineroom gasoline filters
    From the collection of Gordon Goosela
    Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-187 132k Engineroom instrument panel
    From the collection of Gordon Goosela
    PT-187 254k Engine change out
    From the collection of Gordon Goosela
    PT-187 533k Gordon Goosela's wallet photo
    From the collection of Gordon Goosela

    Crew Photos

    Photos from the collection of Gordon Goosela. Contributed by Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.

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    3. Part of the crew on a captured Japanese landing barge

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    7. The travels of Gordon Goosela

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    11. In front of Lupa Pula Elementary School, Tawi-Tawi Provence,Mapun, Philippines

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    13. Engine change out

    14. Ready with new Packard

    15.Boat's mascot "Eight Ball"

    16. "Eight Ball"

    17. XO and CO

    18. Gordon Goosela at the helm

    19. 40mm gun crew

    20. Gordon Goosela

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-187
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