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Tacloban (PG-22)

Call sign:
Nan - Item - Sugar - Tare

Asheville Class Gunboat:
  • Laid down, 9 December 1919 at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, SC
  • Launched 25 August 1922 and christened by Miss Dorothy McBirney
  • Commissioned USS Tulsa (PG-22), 3 December 1923
  • Renamed Tacloban 18 December 1944 to free the name Tulsa for heavy cruiser, CA-129
  • Decommissioned 6 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register 17 April 1946
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration 12 October 1946 for disposal
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 1,575 t.(lt) 1760 t. (fl)
  • Length 241' 2"
  • Length between perpendiculars 225'
  • Beam 41' 2"
  • Draft 11' 4"
  • Speed 12.1 kts.
  • Complement 194
    1921 - 159
  • Armament: Three 4"/50 gun mounts
    1921 - Three 4"/50 mounts and two 3-pounders
    World War II - Five 3"/50 dual purpose mounts, six 20mm Mk 4 mounts, six .50 cal. Browning machine guns, four depth charge projector K-guns and a special depth charge track for six 200kg Dutch depth charges
  • Propulsion: Three Bureau modified Thornycroft boilers, one 800shp Parsons geared turbine, Parsons double reduction gear, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Tulsa 425k 6 July 1921
    Under construction at the Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, South Carolina
    Library of Congress photo from National Museum of the U.S. Navy
    Michael Mohl
    Tulsa 425k 17 January 1923
    Under construction at the Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, South Carolina
    Library of Congress photo from National Museum of the U.S. Navy
    USS Tulsa (PG 22)
    Tulsa 149k Photo from National Museum of the U.S. Navy Michael Mohl
    Tulsa 34k . Hyperwar U.S. Navy in WWII
    Tulsa 103k Australian War Memorial photo 302763 Mike Green
    Tulsa 190k Pennant made of wood and leather Tommy Trampp
    Tulsa 383k Original photo: U.S. Navy photo from the 1924 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Second replacement photo: 9 January 1924
    Charleston Navy Yard
    Library of Congress photo from National Museum of the U.S. Navy
    Original photo: Joe Radigan
    Replacement photo: Derick S. Hartshorn
    Second replacement photo: Michael Mohl
    Tulsa 166k c. 1925
    Tulsa at Charlestown Navy Yard on Marine Railway
    Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection
    Boston Public Library
    Tulsa 149k 29 April 1928
    After serving several months in Nicaragua waters returns back to U.S., is here at Charlestown Navy Yard for overhauling
    Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection
    Tulsa 456k Original photo: 1 September 1938
    After overhaul
    Replacement photo: 1 September 1938
    Cancao Bay, Cavite, Philippines, after 1938 overhall. Wooden masts were installed and the stacks were shortened
    Photo from National Museum of the U.S. Navy
    Replacement photo: Michael Mohl
    Tulsa 47k Tied up to mooring buoy at Hong Kong, April 1941
    U.S. Navy photo from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst
    Tulsa 91k An Elco PT boat moored alongside Tulsa at their PT base at Kana Kopa, Papua, New Guinea, 24 February 1943. The PT boat had just returned from rescuing four crew members of a Lockheed Hudson light bomber (A16-245), a No.6 Squadron, RAAF, piloted by Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) Ray Kelly (415152). Flt Lt Kelly was forced to ditch the Hudson in the bay when poor weather delayed them long enough for the fuel to run out
    Australian Armed Forces photo P0390 from the Collection Database of the Australian War Memorial
    Robert Hurst
    Tulsa 71k 24 June 1943
    U.S. Navy photo
    Joe Radigan
    Tulsa 51k 20 April 1944
    Finschaven, New Guinea
    USS LCI-227 is in the foreground
    U.S. Army Signal Corps photo SC259939 from the National Archives
    John Chiquoine
    USS Tacloban (PG 22)
    Tulsa 206k Underway at the end of World War II
    Photo courtesy of D. M. McPherson from U.S. Small Combatants: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Robert Morris Doyle, Jr., USN3 December 1923 - 14 December 1923
    (Assumed regular duties as Executive Officer)
    02CDR MacGillivray Milne, USN14 December 1923 - 11 April 1925
    03CDR Harry Earl Shoemaker, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral11 April 1925 - 7 August 1926
    04CDR Isaac Crabell Bogart, USN7 August 1926 - 1 August 1927
    05LCDR Charles Paul McFeathers, USN1 August 1927 - 23 September 1927
    06CDR William Thomas Mallison, USN23 September 1927 - 27 June 1928
    07CDR James Parker, USN27 June 1928 - 28 July 1928
    08LCDR Charles Paul McFeathers, USN28 July 1928 - 21 August 1928
    09CDR Walter Broadman Decker, USN21 August 1928 - 22 July 1930
    10CDR Paul Hildreth Rice, USN22 July 1930 - 17 June 1932
    11CDR Frederick George Reinicke, USN17 June 1932 - 17 December 1934
    12CDR John Horace Everson, USN17 December 1934
    13CDR Howard Douglas (Ping) Bode, USN13 August 1935
    14CDR Paul Augustus Stevens, USN - USNA Class of 1913
    Retired as Captain
    14 August 1937
    15CDR Roswell Hadfield Blair, USN10 June 1939
    16CDR Lester Jay Hudson, USN12 January 1940
    17LCDR Tillett Sharpe Daniel, USN1941
    18LT William Baxter Porter, USNJanuary 1942
    19LT John Voorhees Cameron, USN25 March 1943
    20LCDR Joseph C. Snyder, USN23 October 1943
    21LCDR Henry A. Peckham, USNR31 March 1944
    22LT Frank A. Zimmerman, USNR1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Paul Roales

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