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Submarine Chaser Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - George - Uncle - Baker

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 25 January 1943 by the Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, MI
  • Launched 10 May 1943
  • Commissioned 18 November 1943
  • Future movie star, ENS Kirk Douglas, D-V(G), USNR served in PC-1139 as Communications Officer 18 November 1943 - 24 February 1944
  • Decommissioned 23 July 1946 and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve 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, Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    PC-1139 54k c. fall 1945
    Anchored alongside PC-1243 at Chi Chi Jima, Bonin Islands north of Iwo Jima.
    Photo courtesy of Sam S. Rice, USNR, Ret., who served in PC-1139
    Thomas Ficht

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG John O. McCormick, USNR18 November 1943
    02LTJG D. P. Atkinson, USNR1945
    Courtesy of Joe Radigan and Wolfgand Hechler

    There is no DANFS History currently available for PC-1139
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
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