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Malone (PC 553)

Call sign:
November - Bravo - Victor - Zulu

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 20 December 1941 at Sullivan Dry Dock and Repair Co., Brooklyn, NY
  • Launched 30 May 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-553, 12 October 1942 at New York Navy Yard
  • Decommissioned 9 July 1947 at Green Cove Springs, Florida and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as January 1947
  • Named Malone 1 February 1956
  • Struck from the Navy Register 5 September 1957
  • Sold for scrap 1 July 1958 to the Boston Metals Co. of Baltimore, Maryland.


  • 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 General Motors 16-258S diesel engines (Serial No. 7769 and 7770), Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    PC-553 177k Keel laying of PC-553. Ship decorated with bunting is probably the PC-552. Bob Daly/PC-1181
    PC-555 165k 30 May 1942
    Launching, Sullivan Dry Dock and Repair Co, Brooklyn, NY along with PC-555
    E. J. Comeau PC 553/1228
    Crewmember PC-553
    12 October 1942 to 15 September 1943
    PC-553 90k -
    PC-553 91k
    PC-553 32k Builders sea trials
    PC-553 140k Wheelhouse of PC-553 Waldemar Kaczmarczyk
    PC-553 51k Line drawing - starboard side
    PC-553 120k Line drawing - overhead view
    PC-553 504k Line drawing - bow and stern views
    PC-553 751k Camouflaged line drawing - starboard side view
    PC-553 708k Camouflaged line drawing - port side view
    PC-553 203k Gary Neidhardt

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    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Patrol Craft Sailors Association

    June 1944 and the Adventures of PC-553
    Diary Entries From An Unknown Crew Member

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