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Waynesburg (PC 777)

Call sign:
November - Whiskey - Papa - Xray

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 7 September 1942 at Commercial Iron Works, Portland, Oregon
  • Launched 12 November 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-777, 5 April 1943
  • Decommissioned 15 March 1946 at Charleston, SC
  • Placed in service as a naval reserve training vessel in July 1946 in the 6th Naval District (Charleston)
  • Placed out of service 28 April 1959 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Norfolk Group, Norfolk, VA
  • Named Waynesburg 15 February 1956
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 April 1959 and sold for scrap.


  • 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, five 20mm guns, two rocket launchers, and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,440bhp Hooven-Owen-Rentschler R-99DA diesel engines (Serial No. 6985 and 6986), Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    Waynesburg 79k Bob Daly/PC-1181

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Coleman Hurdleston Smith, USNR5 April 1943 - 1944
    02LT Otto Louis Honegger, USN1944 - January 1945
    03LTJG James D. St. Clair, USNRJanuary 1945 - April 1945
    04LT W. L. Smith, USNRApril 1945 - September 1945
    05LT Jerome D. Gainer, USNRSeptember 1945 - 15 March 1946
    Courtesy Joe Radigan and Wolfgang Hechler

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