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Submarine Chaser Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Able - Fox - George

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 22 October 1941 by George Lawley and Sons, Inc., Neponset, MA
  • Launched 10 June 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-469, 13 July 1942 with a Coast Guard crew
  • During World War II, PC-469 was assigned to the Caribbean Sea Frontier and engaged the U-154 in a 5-hour battle in November 1942, damaging the submarine and emerging unscathed. She then went on
    to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations:
    Assault and Occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 - 28 February 1945
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April - 28 June 1945 sinking two suicide motor boats and driving off a third in May 1945, and shooting down two Japanese aircraft six weeks later
  • Reclassified as a Control Submarine Chaser, PCC-469, 20 August 1945
  • Following World War II, PCC-469 performed occupation duty in the Far East
  • She returned to Charleston, South Carolina on 16 October 1945
  • Her Coast Guard crew was removed on 15 April 1946
  • Decommissioned in June 1946 and placed in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet at Green Cove Springs, FL
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as January 1947
  • Her final assignment was to the U. S. Naval Salvage School Bayonne, NJ
  • Disposed of through testing in June 1949.


  • Displacement 280 t.(lt), 450 t.(fl)
  • Length 173' 8"
  • Beam 23'
  • Draft 10' 10"
  • Speed 20.2 kts.
  • Complement 65
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, one 40mm gun mount, three 20mm guns, two rocket launchers, four depth charge projectors, and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,440bhp Fairbanks Morse 38D8 1/8 diesel engines (Serial No. 832358 and 832359), Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    PC Gun Mount 263k Manning the 3"/50 gun mount on an unidentified Submarine Chaser Bob Daly/PC-1181

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Richard Eugene Morell, USCG13 July 1942 - 25 January 1943
    02LT Thomas Reece Sargent, III, USCG - USCGA Class of 1938
    Awarded the Legion of Merit (1965), the Bronze Star with combat "V" (1945) and the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (1968) - Served as the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard (1970)
    Retired as Vice Admiral
    25 January 1943 - March 1943
    03LT Kenneth Homer Potts, USCGMarch 1943 - 1943
    04LTJG Richard Young, USCG1943
    05LTJG Stanley B. Kurta, USCGR - Awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal (1944)1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan and Wolfgang Hechler

    There is no DANFS History currently available for PC-469
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