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Marysville (EPCE[R] 857)

Call sign:
November - Xray - Kilo - Uniform


PCER-848 Class Patrol Craft Escort (Rescue):

  • Originally planned as PCE-857 but reclassified PCE(R)-857 in June 1943
  • Laid down 21 December 1943 by the Pullman Standard Car Manufacturing Co., Chicago, IL
  • Launched 4 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS PCE(R)-857, 26 April 1945
  • Reclassified as an Experimental Patrol Craft Escort (Rescue), EPCE(R)-857, 22 March 1947
  • Named Marysville 15 February 1950
  • Decommissioned in July 1970
  • Acquired in 1975 by Alexander E. Derenzy of San Rafael, CA
  • Acquired in 1976 by William A. White of Seattle, WA
  • Acquired in 1978 by the Sea Tac Alaska Shipbuilding Corp. of Seattle
  • Acquired in 1985 by John J. Hauff, Jr. of Bainbridge Island, WA
  • Out of documentation in 1995
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 903 t.
  • Length 184' 6"
  • Beam 33' 1"
  • Draft 9' 5"
  • Speed 15.7 kts.
  • Complement 99
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 40mm gun mounts, four 20mm mounts, four depth charge projectors, one Hedgehog and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,000bhp General Motors 12-278A diesel engines, Falk single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    PCE(R)-857 49k 4 May 1944
    After launching
    Bill Gonyo
    PCE(R)-857 131k 4 May 1944
    Cover of photo album from the ships sponsor Mrs. Robert H. Gardner and dog tags of John Berne Hannum 1943/1945
    USS PCE(R)-857
    PCE(R)-857 100k Bill Gonyo
    PCE(R)-857 57k 15 February 1946
    San Diego, CA
    PCE(R)-855 approaching PCE(R)-857
    EM3 James Rowan
    via his grandson Rick Rowan
    USS EPCE(R)-857
    EPCE(R)-857 285k c. 1949 Donna Burton
    Photos added 25 April 2022
    EPCE(R)-857 158k
    EPCE(R)-857 451k c. 1949
    Crew photo
    EPCE(R)-857 244k 10 June 1949
    Naval Station Long Beach, CA
    Vital Statistics
    EPCE(R)-857 170k Wardroom
    EPCE(R)-857 130k Crew members with mascot
    USS Marysville (EPCE[R] 857)
    PCE(R)-857 264k c. 1958
    Entering San Francisco Golden Gate
    Photo by Allied Photographers of San Francisco, CA
    Robert M. Cieri
    PCE(R)-857 216k c. 1960s
    Courtesy of Donald McPherson, 1976
    U.S. Navy photo NH 85017
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    PCE(R)-857 604k c. August/September 1962
    In Japan 11th Pacific Science Conference
    Robert Powers
    PCE(R)-857 206k c. 1963
    Line drawing by A. D. Baker III from U.S. Small Combatants: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman
    Robert Hurst
    PCE(R)-857 61k U.S. Navy photo from the September 1964 edition of All Hands magazine Joe Radigan
    Rexburg 363k c. April 1969
    Long Beach, CA
    In dry dock with Rexburg (EPCE[R] 855)
    Robert Powers
    Rexburg 435k
    PCE(R)-857 490k c. 1969
    San Diego, CA
    Moored at the Naval Undersea R&D Center Piers preparing for her 25th anniversary celebration
    PCE(R)-857 237k c. 1969
    Towing a thermistor chain which measured the thermocline down to a depth of 800 meters. The ship spent most of 1969 towing this thing at 5 knots from Seattle, [WA] to Kodiak, [AK] to Hawaii and back

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Robert Kenneth Thurman, USN26 April 1945 - 18 May 1945
    02LT John Berne Harnum, USNR18 May 1945 - 24 November 1945
    03LCDR Joseph Warren Philippbar, Jr., USNR24 November 1945
    04LT Nils Ronald Thunman, USN - Retired as Vice AdmiralJuly 1957 - November 1958
    05LCDR Andrew Gibson Nelson, USN - USNA Class of 1949
    Awarded the Legion of Merit (1965)
    November 1958 - 1959
    06LT Harold William Bademan, USN1959 - 26 September 1960
    07LCDR John Ashby Baldwin, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1955
    Retired as Vice Admiral
    26 November 1960 - 25 August 1962
    08LT Richard Lee McCampbell, USN25 August 1962 - July 1964
    09LT Carl Emil Giese, Jr., USNJuly 1964 - July 1966
    10LCDR Donald Ralph Anderson, USNJuly 1966 - 17 June 1968
    11LT Robert Lawrence Powers, USN - USNA Class of 196417 June 1968 - 26 February 1970
    12LT Michael Roy Goodwin, USN - USNA Class of 196526 February 1970 - 17 June 1970
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, Robert Powers and Joe Radigan

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    DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway website
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    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
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