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|Daniel C. Hurley, Jr.|
|Fantassin (P 618)|
|285k||c. June 1958
At Mers El Kébir, Algeria
|Original photos: Robert Hurst
Replacement photos Jacques Laborie
French DEs are in the background.
|206k||c. June 1958
Stern view in dry dock.
|226k||c. June 1958
Bow view in dry dock.
|217k||c. November 1959
In dry dock
|225k||c. February 1960
|Original photo: Robert Hurst
Replacement photo: Jacques Laborie
|157k||c. April 1960
In dry dock starboard side view with starboard shaft in foreground
|249k||c. April 1960
In dry dock port side view
She returned to duty in time for the Anzio invasion, serving as the reference vessel for the northernmost Allied landing at Peter Beach--consisting primarily of British vessels. PC-621 relieved HMS Ultor
[P 53], a British submarine, which was the initial reference vessel. Prior to H-Hour PC-621 disembarked four British commandos who headed to the beach in rubber dinghies and soon thereafter served as beachmasters for the landing craft.
During the prolonged invasion and campaign which lasted longer than four months, PC-621 served in anti-submarine, anti-E-boat, smoke screen laying and escort duty between Anzio and Naples, Italy. On 23 January 1944, she rescued seven survivors and one body from the torpedoed HMS Janus [F 53]. The following day PC-621 was credited with the downing of a German Heinkel-111. Over the next few days she retrieved six downed USAAF airmen as well as a number of bodies. The pilot of a P-38 was rescued from a mine field, meriting a reprimand for entering the mine field. During the night of 20-21 February while on picket duty at the northern boundary of the Anzio Invasion fleet, PC-621 detected and engaged five German-Italian E-boats, successfully sinking one vessel, damaging two or three and diverting the last vessel(s). During the attack, PC-621 was subjected to shallow floating mines, enemy gun fire and acoustic torpedoes. Following her participation in Operation ANVIL--the invasion of southern France in August 1944--her duty to the United States Navy ended on 31 October 1944 when the ship was transferred to the government of France.
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