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Call sign:
Nan - Able - Uncle - Fox

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 2 October 1941 by the Defoe Boat and Motor Works, Bay City, Michigan
  • Launched 1 January 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-476, 18 March 1942 at New Orleans, LA and assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater
  • Decommissioned 26 September 1946
  • Struck from the Navy Register 23 December 1947
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration for disposal 1 July 1948 and sold for scrap the same day to Dulien Steel Products Inc. of Los Angeles, CA.


  • Displacement 450 t.
  • 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 General Motors 16-258S diesel engines (Serial No. 6319 and 6320), Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    PC-476 118k c. 1942
    Refueling from USS Long Island (CVE-1) off the coast of Florida
    U.S. Navy photo
    Lannie G. Walker SM3,
    former crewmember
    PC-476 40k c. April 1942
    Miami, FL
    From the collection of William C. Meyer
    Bonnie Meyer
    PC-476 43k
    PC-476 200k Painting by E. G. Lewis, a shipyard worker at Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, Hingham, MA
    From the collection of William C. Meyer
    PC-476 121k William C. Meyer presenting the "Jolly Roger" flag to one of his grandsons, David Gryboski, that was flown when crossing the Equator, 3 September 1942, en route from Palmyra Island, TH to Pago Pago, Tutuila, Samoa
    From the collection of William C. Meyer
    PC-476 72k Crew list written on the edge of the "Jolly Roger"
    From the collection of William C. Meyer
    PC-476 80k
    PC-476 98k

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG William Claire Meyer, USNR18 March 1942 - 6 June 1942
    02ENS Roy D. Wilber, USNR6 June 1942 - 18 July 1942 (XO - Acting CO)
    03LTJG William Claire Meyer, USNR18 July 1942 - 20 July 1943
    04LTJG Doyle P. Butler, USNR20 June 1943 - 19 September 1943
    05LT William Pickering Jones, USNR19 September 1943 - 4 December 1943
    06LT Wilbur R. Greenwood, USNR4 December 1943 - April 1944
    07LCDR James Samuel Munroe, USNRApril 1944 - October 1944
    08LT David Knapp, USNROctober 1944 - April 1945
    09LT Hugh J. Stump, USNRApril 1945 - 1 June 1945
    10LTJG Richard Henry Eggreston, USNR1 June 1945 - December 1945
    11LTJG Everett P. Whitman, USNRDecember 1945 - March 1946
    12LTJG William H. Kerr, USNRMarch 1946 - 18 August 1946
    13ENS W. F. Ramseyer, USNR18 August 1946 - 26 September 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    There is no DANFS History currently available for PC-476
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