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PT-237



Call sign:
Nan - Dog - Dog - Tare

78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 8 October 1942 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 14 November 1942
  • Completed 22 April 1943
  • Placed in service 23 April 1943 and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron NINETEEN (PTRon 19) under the command of LCDR Russell H. Smith, USN
  • PTRon 19, assigned to the South Pacific, had action at Vella Lavella, Treasury, and Green. The squadron was decommissioned and its boats were distributed to replenish other squadrons which had suffered operational losses
  • Transferred 19 April 1944 to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWENTY (PTRon 20) under the command of LT Arthur H. Berndtson, USN
  • PTRon 20, assigned to the South Pacific, had action at Treasury and Bougainville. Transferred to the Southwest Pacific in December 1944, the squadron saw action off Palawan, P.I. It also based for a time at Dreger Harbor,
    Aitape, and Mios Woendi, New Guinea, and at San Pedro Bay and Mindoro in the Philippines, but had no action from these bases
  • The "Battling Betsy", ex-"Battling Betty", ex-"Pistol Packin' Mama" was placed out of service 24 November 1945
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission in May 1946 and sold
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 78'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5' 3"
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: Four 21" torpedoes, one 40mm mount, one 20mm mount and two twin .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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