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Call sign:
Nan - Baker - Xray - Nan

ex-Dash (AM 88)

Adroit Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 6 April 1942 by the Commercial Iron Works, Portland, OR
  • Launched 20 June 1942
  • Commissioned USS Dash (AM 88), 27 October 1942
  • Reclassified as a Submarine Chaser, PC-1592, 1 June 1944
  • Decommissioned 10 May 1946 at Pearl Harbor, HI
  • Transferred to the War Assets Administration for disposal 19 December 1947
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 295 t.
  • Length 173' 8"
  • Beam 23'
  • Draft 6' 6"
  • Speed 16 kts.
  • Complement 65
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, one 40mm mount, five 20mm mounts, two depth charge tracks and two depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 900hp Cooper Bessemer GNB8 diesel engines, Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Dash 291k c. 1943 Charles R. Hofbauer
    Dash 564k c. 1943
    New Caledonia, Melanesia
    LeRoy C. Hofbauer, second row, second from right
    Dash 579k c. 1943
    New Caledonia, Melanesia
    Back row, extreme right is LeRoy C. Hofbauer
    Dash 435k c. 1943
    Right side of above photo
    Donated in the memory of LeRoy C. Hofbauer, SO2c, crew member from November 1943 - September 1945 and the crew of Dash

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Robert Irving Thieme, USNR27 October 1942
    02LT Arthur Ivan Ellsworth, Jr., USNR10 July 1943 - 15 January 1944
    03LT Edward H. Tobey, USNR15 January 1944 - 6 September 1944
    04LT George H. Mauney, USNR6 September 1944 - March 1945
    05LT Rodney E. Sacks, USNRMarch 1945 - November 1945
    06LTJG Albert Meltzer, USNRNovember 1945 - March 1946
    07LTJG James M. Chapman, USNRMarch 1946 - 10 May 1946
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History:The first Dash (AM-88) was launched 20 June 1942 by Commercial Iron Works, Portland, Oreg.; and commissioned 27 October 1942, Lieutenant R. I. Thieme, USNR, in command.

    Putting to sea from San Pedro, Calif., 3 January 1943 Dash arrived at Noumea 25 February, escorting convoys to Pearl Harbor and Pago Pago, Samoa, en route. She operated out of Noumea on local escort duty and antisubmarine patrol until 9 April when she steamed to Suva, Fiji Islands, to relieve HMFS Viti [T 373] as local escort and patrol vessel. From 3 to 7 May she escorted the torpedoed SS William Williams to the safety of Suva. On 14 May she rescued 25 men including the commanding officer from the torpedoed SS Phoebe Hearst, and 3 days later picked up 56 men from the SS William
    K. Vanderbilt

    Dash escorted a convoy to Guadalcanal between 26 July and 16 August 1943, then began steady duty between Noumea Efate, and Espiritu Santo. Returning to Guadalcanal 4 October she swept mines off Kolombangara Island from 23 October to 6 November, then returned to escort duty between the Solomons and Noumea and Espiritu Santo. Aside from a voyage to Auckland, New Zealand between 16 January and 1 February 1944 escorting Delphinius (AF-24), Dash alternated escort duty and patrol in the Solomons, New Hebrides, and New Caledonia until the end of the war. She was reclassified
    PC-1592, 1 June 1944.

    PC-1592 remained in the South Pacific, operating in the Fiji Islands and Samoa until her return to Pearl Harbor. She was decommissioned there 10 May 1946 and transferred to the War Assets Administration for disposal 19 December 1947.

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