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Oberlin (PC 560)

Call sign:
Nan - Easy - Jig - King

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 25 November 1941 at Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN
  • Launched 17 November 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-560, 17 June 1943 at New Orleans, LA
  • During World War II, PC-560 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater
  • Placed in service as a Naval Reserve Training vessel in December 1945 assigned to the 8th Naval District (New Orleans)
  • Decommissioned 28 January 1947 at Green Cove Springs, FL and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group
  • Named Oberlin 1 February 1956
  • Struck from the Navy Register 5 September 1957 and sold for scrap to F. and A. Transportation of New Jersey, Inc., New York, NY.


  • Displacement 295 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. 6339 and 7788), Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    PC-560 87k c. February 1946
    National Archives photo
    Original photo: Bob Daly/PC-1181
    Replacement photo: Dan Treadwell
    PC-560 56k c. May 1946
    Off San Diego, CA
    Judson G. Banks

    Below photos from the collection of LT Robert J. Cooke, USN
    Contributed by Robert Cooke

    1. Report of Changes Form
    1 December 1945

    2. LT Charles Tobin, LTJG Chester Roemer and BM1c Jordan

    3. LT Chester Roemer

    4. ENS Robert J. Cooke







    Commanding Officers
    01LT Alden J. Laborde, USNR17 June 1942 - 5 January 1943
    02LT Nicholas Biddle, USNR5 January 1943 - 14 May 1943
    03LT John L. Beyer, Jr., USNR14 May 1943 - September 1944
    04LT Lyle Andrew Thorburn, USNRSeptember 1944 - 28 November 1944
    05LT James G. Kane, USNR28 November 1944 - 12 March 1945
    06LCDR William H. Sutherland, USNR12 March 1945 - December 1945
    07LT Charles A. Tobin, USNRDecember 1945 - February 1946
    08LTJG James M. Kiberd, USNRFebruary 1946 - March 1946
    09LTJG Chester E. Roemer, USNRMarch 1946 - 15 July 1946
    10ENS Judson G. Banks, Jr., USNR15 July 1946 - 15 August 1946
    11ENS Bernard Greenberg, USNR15 August 1946 - 28 January 1947
    Courtesy of Judson G. Banks, Joe Radigan and Wolfgang Hechler

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