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Van Buren (PF-42)

Call sign:
Nan - Zebra - William - King


Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) Originally authorized as Patrol Gunboat, PG-150
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-42, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down 24 June 1943 under Maritime Commission contract, (MC hull 1453), at Consolidated Steel Corp, Ltd., Los Angeles, CA.
  • Launched 27 July 1943
  • Commissioned USS Van Buren (PF-42), 17 December 1943 at Terminal Island, CA
  • Decommissioned 6 May 1946 at Charleston, SC
  • Struck from the Naval Register 19 June 1946
  • Sold for scrap in August 1947 to the Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. of Chester, PA.


  • Displacement 1,430 t. (lt), 2,415 t. (fl)
  • Length 303' 11"
  • Beam 37' 6"
  • Draft 13' 8"
  • Speed 20.3 kts.
  • Complement 214
  • Armament: Two 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts, two twin 40mm gun mounts, nine 20mm gun mounts, two depth charge tracks, eight depth charge projectors, and one depth charge projector (hedgehog)
  • Propulsion: Two 3-drum express boilers, two 5,500ihp J. Hendy Iron Works engines, two shafts.
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    Van Buren 58k 11 January 1944
    Conducting a speed trial over the measured mile off Balboa Peninsula, Newport Beach, California.
    Richard Leonis
    "Plank Owner"
    (via Stan Cochran)

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