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Wildwood (PC 1181)

Call sign:
November - Papa - Tango - Mike

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 5 October 1942 at Gibbs Gas Engine Co., Jacksonville, Florida
  • Launched 15 April 1943
  • Commissioned USS PC-1181, 17 September 1943 at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, SC
  • Decommissioned 18 August 1946 at Key West, FL
  • Placed in service in July 1946 as a Naval Reserve Training vessel for the 6th Naval District (Charleston) and assigned duty at St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet at Brownsville, TX and later shifted to Norfolk, VA
  • Named Wildwood 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. 7007 and 7008), Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Wildwood 77k - E. J. Comeau, PC-552/1228
    PC-1181 93k Pencil drawing by Bill Buffington - PC 617 Bob Daly/PC-1181
    PC-1181 57k Charcoal drawing by Carolyn Perillo, granddaughter of Don Barry Don Barry
    PC-1181 96k Embossed rendition.
    PC-1208 153k c. 1945
    Balboa, Canal Zone. Moored inboard of PC-1208 and PC-1180
    Bob Daly/PC-1181
    PC-1181 39k 15 August 1945
    Belize, British Honduras.

    View the Wildwood (PC-1181)
    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website
    "Stories from the PC-1181"
    by Bob Daly
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