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Guymon (PC 1177)

Call sign:
November - Papa - Romeo - Foxtrot

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Original construction contract assigned to Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, MI
  • Laid down 24 July 1943 at Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
  • Launched 18 September 1943
  • Commissioned USS PC-1177, 20 December 1943 at New Orleans, LA
  • Served in Central Pacific campaign, 1944 - 1945
  • Reclassified as a Control Submarine Chaser, PCC-1177, 20 August 1945
  • Decommissioned 27 July 1946 at Astoria, Oregon 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 as January 1947
  • Reclassified as a Submarine Chaser, PC-1177, 27 October 1955
  • Named Guymon 15 February 1956
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 July 1960
  • Sold for scrap 25 April 1961 to Zidell Exploration Inc. of Seattle, WA
  • PC-1177 earned two battle stars for World War II service.


  • 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 Fairbanks Morse 38D8 1/8 diesel engines (Serial No. 833295 and 833296), Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PC-1177 89k Launching
    Great Lakes Institute photo
    Bob Daly/PC-1181

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Edwin Herman Kiefer, USNR - Awarded the Silver Star (7 December 1941)20 December 1943 - September 1944
    02LT Albert B. Martin, USNRSeptember 1944 - June 1945
    03LT Chester F. Heady, Jr., USNRJune 1945 - December 1945
    04LT Edwin S. Small, USNRDecember 1945 - March 1946
    05LTJG Ronald A. Trumble, USNRMarch 1946 - June 1946
    06LTJG Frank H. Thompson, USNRJune 1946 - 27 July 1946
    Courtesy of Joe Radigan and Wolfgang Hechler

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