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Call sign:
Nan - Uncle - Zebra - Uncle

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 22 June 1942 by the Nashville Bridge Co., Nashville, TN
  • Launched 24 September 1942
  • Commissioned 10 April 1943
  • PC-623 earned four battle stars during World War II while assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater for participation in the following operations:
    Western Caroline Islands Operation, Capture and Occupation of Southern Palau Islands, 6 September - 14 October 1944
    Leyte Operations, Leyte Landings, 10 - 29 November 1944
    Lingayen Gulf, 4 - 18 January 1945; and
    Manila Bay-Bicol Operations, Nasugbu, 31 January - 10 February 1945
  • Participated in the rescue of survivors of Task Unit 77.4.3 (Taffy III) from the carrier Gambier Bay (CVE 73), the destroyer escort Samuel B. Roberts (DE 413) and the destroyer Hoel (DD 533) lost during the Battle off
    Samar Island, 24 - 26 October 1944
  • Struck from the Naval Register 17 April 1946
  • Sold in January 1947
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 295 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. 10847 and 10848), Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PC-623 62k . Barbara Rebold
    PC-623 550k U.S. Navy poster from the Navy Art Collection- San Fabian Attack Force by Dwight Shepler, USNR, Luzon, January 1945 Bob Emerson
    PC-623 406k Enlargement of above poster

    Commanding Officers
    01LT W. D. Okerson, USNR1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PC-623
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