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Call sign for the "Gray Ghost:"
Nan - Charlie - King - Item

PC-1232 served the Navies of the United States and the Republic of China.

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 8 September 1942 by the Sullivan Dry Dock and Repair Co., Brooklyn, NY
  • Launched 12 December 1942
  • Commissioned USS PC-1232, 18 August 1943
  • Assigned to the European theater during World War II and participated in the invasion of Normandy
  • Decommissioned 15 August 1946
  • Placed in service in January 1947 as a Naval Reserve training vessel assigned to the 4th Naval District (Philadelphia)
  • Placed out of service 19 May 1954
  • Transfered to the Republic of China in June 1954 and named Chang Kiang (PC 118)
  • Sunk by Mainland Chinese Forces 6 August 1965 south of Quemoy Island
  • PC-1232 earned one battle star 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. 83389 and 83390), Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    Size Image Description Source
    PC-1232 45k . Bob Daly/PC-1181
    PC-1232 134k Probably when she was at Philadelphia training reserves 1947-52 David Wright
    Photo added 3 June 2020

    There is no DANFS History currently available for PC-1232
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