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Chadron (PC 564)

Call sign:
November - Echo - November - Yankee

Chadron served the Navies of the United States and South Korea

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 25 January 1942 by the Consolidated Shipbuilding Co., Bronx, NY
  • Launched 12 April 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-564, 2 July 1942
  • On 8 March 1945 PC-564 engaged German minesweepers M-412, M-432, M-442 and M-452 and nine smaller craft off Chaussey, France. On 9 March PC-564, outgunned and badly damaged, manages to
    outrun the German force and was grounded on the French coast at Pierre de Herpin light (15 men had prematurely abandoned ship, of which 14 were captured by the German raiding force). French fishing boats arrive to help the wounded and the next day, PC-564 was towed into St. Malo harbor
  • Placed in service as a Naval Reserve Training vessel assigned to the 14th Naval District (Pearl Harbor)
  • Named Chadron 15 February 1956
  • Decommissioned in January 1959 at Honolulu, HI and placed in the reserve fleet
  • Transferred to South Korea, 22 January 1964 at Guam as Seoraksan (PC 709)
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Navy Register 12 January 1974
  • 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 single 40mm gun mount; three 20mm guns, two rocket launchers, four depth charge projectors and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,440bhp Fairbanks Morse 38D8 1/8 diesel engines (Serial No. 832273 and 832274), Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS PC-564
    PC-564 60k Harley Stackhouse MoMM1/c
    via E. J. Comeau, PC 553/1228
    PC-564 30k Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    PC-564 52k Bob Daly/PC-1181
    Chadron 97k U.S. Navy photo Robert Hurst
    Chadron 144k On the right, USS Ancon (AGC-4), command ship for the Omaha Beach landings, stands offshore on 7 June 1944. USS PC-564 is in the foreground with PC-565 off her port quarter
    National Archives photo80-G-257287
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    Photo added 6 March 2021
    Chadron 250k 9 May 1951
    Underway during fleet exercises
    National Archives photo USN 479855
    Mike Green
    Chadron 78k c. 1954 Robert Hurst
    USS Chadron (PC 564)
    Zippo 72k Zippo lighter purchased at a flea market in Buffalo, NY Lloyd W. Quiter
    Chadron 65k c. 1956
    As refitted with a taller mast
    U.S. Navy photo from the 1956/1957 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst
    Chadron 350k c. 1958 Mack D. Flatt, Jr.
    Chadron 99k U.S. Navy Submarine Chaser Recognition Poster Red China 1966. Chinese People's Liberation Army 1966. The photo shows USS Chadron (PC-564) Tommy Trampp
    ROKS Seoraksan (PC 709)
    Chadron 181k c. 1964
    South Korean photo from the 1964/1965 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LT L. B. Ard, USNR1945
    02LT Percy Sandell, USNR1945
    03LT John Abercrombie Merritt, III, USN1953 - 1954
    04LT Charles Lee Royal Anderson, USNJuly 1954
    05LT Charles V. Lavin, USN - USNA Class of 19521956 - 1959
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for Chadron (PC-564)
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