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Bethany (PC 620)

Call sign:
November - Uniform - Zulu - Golf

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 27 February 1942 by the Nashville Bridge Co., Nashville, TN
  • Launched 12 August 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-620, 8 January 1943
  • Decommissioned 16 August 1946 at Green Cove Springs, FL and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs Group
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as January 1947
  • Named Bethany 15 February 1956
  • Struck from the Navy Register 5 September 1957
  • Sold for scrap in 1958 to Boston Metals Co. of Baltimore, MD.


  • 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. 7799 and 7800), Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PC-620 66k Bob Daly/PC-1811
    PC-620 164k Joe Radigan
    PC-620 229k c. 1944
    Naval Subchaser Training Center Miami, FL
    Photos by Bernard Hoffman, Life Magazine
    John Chiquoine
    Photos added 17 September 2019
    PC-620 191k

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Rowland H. Groff, USNR8 January 1943
    02LTJG L. D. Lasswell, USNR1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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