Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.

NavSource Online:
Submarine Chaser Photo Archive

Kerrville (PC-597)

Call sign:
November - Alpha - Oscar - Whiskey

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 9 May 1942 by the Commercial Iron Works, Portland, Oregon
  • Launched 7 September 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-597, 15 February 1943
  • Decommissioned 30 April 1947 at Green Cove Springs, Florida and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as January 1947
  • Named Kerrville 15 February 1956
  • Struck from the Navy Register 5 September 1957
  • Sold for scrap to Boston Metals Co. of Baltimore, Maryland


  • Displacement 450 t.
  • 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. 7807 and 7810), Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.

    Click on thumbnail
    for full size image
    Size Image Description Source
    PC-597 78k Bureau of Ships photo Edib Krlicbegovic
    PC-597 70k 17 February 1943 Bob Daly/PC-1181

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Louis Legrand Thurber, USNR15 February 1943
    02LTJG W. M. Jones, USNR1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

    View the Kerrville (PC-597)
    DANFS History entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command Website
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
    Back To The Main Photo Index Back to the Patrol Craft/Gunboat/Submarine Chaser Ship Index Back to the Submarine Chaser (PC) Photo Index

    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster

    This page created by Gary P. Priolo and maintained by Tom Bateman
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History