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Tooele (PC 572)

Call sign:
November - India - Bravo - Uniform

PC-492 served the Navies of the United States and Venezuela.

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 27 September 1941 by the Albina Engine and Machine Works Inc., Portland, Oregon
  • Launched 23 February 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-572, 19 June 1942
  • On 2 December 1942 the SS Trevalgan, a 5,299 ton freighter was torpedoed by the German submarine U-508 in the Atlantic, southeast of Trinidad at position 09 40' N., 59 15'W. while sailing
    independently from Suez to New York via Cape Town, South Africa and Trinidad. PC-572 rescued the Master, the crew of 33 and nine gunners, and landed them at Trinidad 3 December 1942
  • Named Tooele 15 February 1956
  • Decommissioned 9 February 1959 at Green Cove Springs, Florida and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 July 1960
  • Sold to Venezuela in October 1960
  • Tooele was never refitted, but used for spare parts and later scrapped.


  • 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 Fairbanks Morse 38D8 1/8 diesel engines (Serial No. 832265 and 832266), Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    Size Image Description Source
    Albina Works 504k 28 April 1942
    Albina Engine & Machinery Works
    Ships identified by George Murray
    Bob Daly/PC-1181
    PC-572 94k c. June 1943
    Dutch Harbor, AK
    National Archives photo 80-G-443973
    Ric Hedman
    PC-572 37k Post WWII photo. Note that the 3"/50 and 40mm
    mounts removed, 3"/50 replaced by Mk 15 hedgehog
    Bob Daly/PC-1181
    PC-572 44k Dan Dunham

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Arthur H. Middleton, USNR19 June 1942 - March 1943
    02LT Paul D. Rust, Jr., USNRMarch 1943 - 6 September 1943
    03LT Wilbur J. Sheehan, USNR6 September 1943 - June 1944
    04LT Robert Talbert Settle, USNRJune 1944 - 26 May 1945
    05LT Franklin Kneeland Fogg, USNR26 May 1945 - September 1945
    06LT George H. Kronenberg, USNRSeptember 1945 - December 1945
    07LT Nels Marion Nelson, USNRDecember 1945 - March 1946
    08LTJG John Augustine Wiegard, USNR/USN - USNA Class of 1946March 1946 - February 1947
    09LTJG Bernard Brown "Beetle" Forbes, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1945
    Awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal - Retired as Vice Admiral
    February 1947 - August 1947
    10LT Joseph Charles Rock, USNAugust 1947
    11LT William Sherrod Guthrie, USN - USNA Class of 19491954
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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