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Oahu (PR 6)
ex-PG-46

Sunk 5 May 1942

Shallow-draft River Gunboat:

  • Laid down 18 December 1926 as PG-46 by the Kiangoan Dockyard and Engineering Works, Shanghai, China
  • Launched 26 November 1927
  • Reclassified as a River Gunboat, PR-6
  • Commissioned USS Oahu (PR-6), 20 October 1928
  • Sunk by enemy action 5 May 1942 off Corregidor Island, Philippine Islands (at position 14 23N, 12035E)
  • Struck from the Navy Register 8 May 1942.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 450 t.
  • Length 191'
  • Beam 28' 1"
  • Draft 5' 3"
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 55
  • Armament: Two 3"/50 cal. gun mounts and eight .30 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Two 1,900hp triple expansion engines, two shafts in tunnels, three rudders.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Oahu 325k 1 October 1928
    Kiangoan Dockyard and Engineering Works, Shanghai
    Ed Zajkowski
    Oahu 370k
    Oahu 69k c. 1930
    From the collection of Ernest Arroyo.
    Jim Flynn
    Oahu 74k 13 December 1937
    En route to Panay (PR 5) sinking scene. The U.S. Gunboat Oahu which was reported on 13 December steaming under forced draft for the scene of the sinking of the U.S. Gunboat Panay in the Yangtze River 25 miles above Nanking. Because of the distance the rivercraft was not expected to arrive at the scene before Tuesday, 14 December
    World Wide photo
    Tommy Trampp
    Oahu 149k Tobacco card issued by John Player and Son's the U.K. in 1939 and came from a series entitled "Modern Naval Craft."
    Oahu 74k

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Armit Chester Thomas, USN22 October 1928 - 29 June 1929
    02LCDR Stanley Livingston Wilson, USN29 June 1929
    03CDR Roland Marcy Comfort, USN27 March 1931
    04LCDR Andrew Gilbert Shepard, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral1932
    05LCDR Russell Stanley Berkey, USN - USNA Class of 1916
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1944) and the Navy Distinguished Service Medal - Retired as Admiral
    January 1933 - July 1934
    06LCDR William Alexander Stuart Macklin, USNJuly 1934
    06LCDR John Walter Rogers, USN1936
    07LCDR Charles Richardson Jeffs, USN1938
    08LCDR Lewis Elliott Coley, USN1939
    09LCDR Douglas Elwin Smith, USN1940 - 5 May 1942
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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