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Call sign:
Nan - Baker - Love - Fox

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser: Laid down, 15 January 1942 by the Defoe Boat and Motor Works., Bay City, MI; Launched, 10 March 1942; Commissioned USS PC-479, 30 April 1942 at Naval Station Algiers, New Orleans, LA. During World War II, PC-479 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater of operations and took part in the following operations: Bismark Archipelago; Arawe, New Britain, 15, 30 - 31 December 1943 and Vella LaVella occupation; and the eastern New Guinea operations, Saidor occupation, 5 - 7 and 25 - 27 February 1944. Following World War II, PC-479 was assigned to occupation and China service, 8 September - 29 October 1945. Decommissioned, 13 May 1946 at Naval Base Charleston, SC; Struck from the Navy Register 13 November 1946; Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 5 December 1946 at Port Republic, SC for scrapping.

Specifications: 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 single 40mm gun mount; three 20mm guns, two rocket launchers, four depth charge projectiles, two depth charge tracks; Propulsion two 2,880bhp General Motors 16-258S diesel engines (Serial No. 6333 and 6334), Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.

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PC-479 88k c. March 1942.
Defoe Shipbuilding Company.
Great Lakes Institute photo
Bob Daly/PC-1181

There is no DANFS History currently available for PC-479
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation
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