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Submarine Chaser Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Able - Tare - Zebra

PC-497 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 23 May 1942 by Commercial Iron Works, Portland, OR
  • Launched 7 September 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-598, 5 March 1943
  • Reclassified as a Control Submarine Chaser, PCC-598, 20 August 1945
  • PCC-598 was used as an amphibious landing control craft/beach master for six island invasions:

    Peleliu (White Beach 2), 4 September 1944;
    Leyte (Red Beach), 20 October 1944;
    Luzon (White Beach 2), 9 January 1945;
    Okinawa (Blue Beach), 1 April 1945;
    Iheya Shima, 3 June 1945; and
    Aguni Shima, 9 June 1945

  • Decommissioned and laid up at the Tongue Point Reserve Fleet, Kilisut Harbor, Port Townsend, WA
  • Sold 29 November 1946 to the Foss Tug and Barge Co., of Tacoma, WA.
  • 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 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. 10836 and 10837), Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    PC-598 146k 7 September 1942
    Oregon Historical Society Research Library, Album 460 bb014032
    Commercial Iron Works (Portland, OR) photographs collection from The Oregon Historical Society
    David Lowrance and Robert Emerson
    USS PC-598
    PC-598 92k Robert Emerson
    PC-598 42k
    PC-598 193k 13 October 1944
    Humboldt Bay, New Guinea
    Alongside an unidentified service vessel
    U.S. Army Signal Corps photo SC260657 by Howard F. Klawitter, U.S. Army from the National Archives
    Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
    PC-598 178k 13/14 August 1945
    Pearl Harbor, TH
    An aerial of USS PC-598 nested outboard at berth No. 8 in the main Navy Yard at Pearl
    National Archives photo 80-GK-6051
    Rick E. Davis and John Chiquoine
    Photo added 19 August 2020

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Benjamin V. Harrison, USNR5 March 1943 - August 1943
    02LT William H. Taylor, USNRAugust 1943 - 22 June 1944
    03LTJG Leo Hackney, USNR22 June 1944 - 19 November 1944
    04LTJG Clarence S. Rose, Jr., USNR19 November 1944 - 2 May 1945
    05LTJG Raymond C. Chaisson, USNR2 May 1945 - 16 August 1945
    06LTJG Edwin J. Adams, Jr., USNR16 August 1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PC-598
    Additional Resources and Websites of Interest
    Operational History of PC-598 on Wikipedia Patrol Craft Sailors Association

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