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Martinez (PC 1244)

Call sign:
November - Charlie - Victor - Mike

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 20 January 1943 by Nashville Bridge Co., Nashville, TN
  • Launched 8 May 1943
  • Commissioned USS PC-1244, 5 October 1943 at New Orleans, LA
  • Reclassified as an Amphibious Control Craft, PCC-1244, 20 August 1945
  • Decommissioned 15 February 1950 at Bremerton, WA and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Reclassified back to a Submarine Chaser, PC-1244, 27 October 1953
  • Named Martinez 15 February 1956
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 July 1960
  • Sold 19 May 1961 for scrap to the Astoria Ship and Power Co. of Astoria, Oregon
  • PC-1244 received one battle star for World War II service.


  • Displacement 450 t.
  • Length 173' 8"
  • Beam 23'
  • Draft 10' 10"
  • Speed 20.2 kts.
  • Complement 65
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose mount, one 40mm gun, five 20mm guns, two depth charge projectors, two depth charge tracks, two Hedgehog depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 1,440bhp General Motors 16-278A diesel engines (Serial No. 14215 and 14216), Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PCC-1244 84k . Bob Daly/PC-1181
    Martinez 17k . Clay Long
    Martinez 71k c. 1945
    Palermo, Sicily
    E. J. Comeau
    PC 553/1228

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR William Wilson Bowie, USNR - Awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal (1945)5 October 1943 - 1944
    Courtesy Joe Radigan and Wolfgang Hechler

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