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Submarine Chaser Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Baker - Queen - Oboe

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 24 April 1942 by the Defoe Boat and Motor Works, Bay City, MI
  • Launched 29 May 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-548, 2 August 1942 at Algiers Naval Station, New Orleans
  • PC-548 was assigned to the Atlantic and Asiatic-Pacific theaters
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in April 1948
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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 (added one 20 mm on flying bridge in October 1942), two rocket launchers, four depth charge projectors, and two
    depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,440bhp General Motors 16-258S diesel engines (Serial No. 7209 and 7210), Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    Size Image Description Source
    PC-548 66k Bob Daly/PC-1181
    PC-548 66k Loading depth charges

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Matthew Vaughan Carson, Jr., USNR - Awarded the Bronze Star with Combat V (1942)
    Retired as Captain, USN
    August 1942 - October 1942
    02LT A. M. Greenfield, USNR1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS History currently available for PC-548
    Additional Resources and Websites of Interest
    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
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