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Motor Gunboat / Patrol Gunboat Photo Archive

Contributed by Les Mann and Mike Molinski

Gallup (PG 85)

Asheville Class Motor Gunboat:

  • Laid down 27 April 1964 at Tacoma Boatbuilding Co., Tacoma, WA
  • Launched 15 June 1965
  • Delivered 21 October 1966
  • Commissioned USS Gallup (PGM-85), 22 October 1966
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Gunboat, PG-85, 1 April 1967
  • Gallup's primary roll during the Vietnam War was that of patrolling and providing gunfire support, search and rescue and reconnaissance. With the end of U.S. participation in Vietnam Gallup conducted
    patrols throughout the Trust Territories while homeported in Guam. Transferred to the Naval Reserve Force in July 1975 Gallup was homeported in San Diego as a unit of Coastal River Squadron ONE and the Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Gallup's mission was to conduct training for two combat ready reserve crews. In this role Gallup frequently participated in major fleet and amphibious exercises, many time fulfilling the role of the "enemy."
  • Decommissioned 31 January 1977
  • Struck from the Navy Register 9 October 1984
  • Transferred to control of the Naval Ships Research Center Carderock, MD along with the Canon PG-90 in July 1992
  • Instead of being activated as research vessels, both were heavily cannibalized to keep three other research ships active
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission 6 August 2004 for disposal
  • Sold for scrap 13 May 2007 to ESCO Marine Inc. of Brownsville, TX
  • Removed from the Reserve Fleet 14 June 2007.


  • Displacement 235 t.
  • Length 154'
  • Beam 24'
  • Draft 5' 2" (lt), 9' 6" (fl)
  • Speed 40 kts.
  • Complement 24
  • Armament: One 3"/50 gun mount, one 40mm gun mount and two twin .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: CODOG (Combination Diesel and Gas Turbine) - Two 12 cylinder 725 hp Cummins diesel engines, one General Electric Model 7 LM 1500 gas turbine engine, two controllable
    pitch propellers. The CODOG system allows for diesel propulsion up to about 12 - 14 knots and marine gas turbine propulsion for speeds in excess of 35 knots.

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    Size Image Description Source
    Gallup 64k Patrol Gunboat Association
    Terry W. McManuels, ETCM(SW), Ret.
    Gallup 161k c. June 1967 Robert Hurst
    Gallup 94k U.S. Navy photo from the July 1968 edition of All Hands magazine Joe Radigan
    Gallup 68k c. 1970
    Off the coast of the DMZ in Vietnam
    Gallup coming alongside Niagara Falls (AFS-3) for unrep
    Photo by William P. Jones, MD, USN Medical Officer, USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3)
    Gallup 74k c. 1970
    Off the coast of the DMZ in Vietnam
    Gallup leaving Niagara Falls (AFS-3) after unrep
    Gallup 89k U.S. Navy photo from the July 1974 edition of All Hands magazine Joe Radigan

    Commanding Officers
    01LT William Thomas Spane, Jr., USN22 October 1966 - 21 October 1967
    02LT George Edward Sullivan, III, USN - U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Class of 1960
    Awarded the Meritorious Service Medal
    21 October 1967 - 9 October 1968
    03LT Charles Alan Sellgren, USN9 October 1968 - 3 October 1969
    04LCDR Richard James Hayes, USN - USNA Class of 1962
    Awarded the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal and the Combat
    Action Ribbon
    3 October 1969 - 7 October 1970
    05LT Larry Glenn Eggleston, USN7 October 1970 - 24 August 1972
    06LT Patrick Michael Muldoon, USN - USNA Class of 196624 August 1972 - 17 September 1974
    07LT Ronald Charles Berning, USN - USNA Class of 196817 September 1974 - 1976
    08LT Dennis Leo Ryan, III, USN - USNA Class of 19701976 - 31 January 1977
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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