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Lodestone (ADG 8)

YDG-8 call sign:
November - Juliet - Yankee - Xray


PCE-842 Class Patrol Craft Escort/YDG-8 Class District Degaussing Vessel:

  • Laid down 27 May 1943 as PCE-876 by the Albina Engine and Machine Works, Portland, OR
  • Launched 30 September 1943
  • Reclassified as a District Degaussing Vessel, YDG-8, 23 December 1943
  • Commissioned USS YDG-8, 10 June 1944
  • Decommissioned in May 1946
  • Reclassified as a Degaussing Ship, ADG-8, 1 November 1947
  • Decommissioned in November 1947 and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet San Diego Group
  • Named Lodestone 1 February 1955
  • Struck from the Navy Register 21 February 1975
  • Sold for scrap to the National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., Treasure Island, CA for $44,500
  • Scrapped 1 May 1976.


  • Displacement 640 t.
  • Length 184' 6"
  • Beam 33'
  • Draft 9'
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 65
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose mount and four 20mm mounts
  • Propulsion: Two 900bhp General Motors 12-567A diesel engines, Falk single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    PCE-876 80k . Gary Priolo
    PCE-876 167k YDG-8 photographed by her builder on 14 June 1944.
    National Archives photo 19-N-69085 from the Naval Historical Center at
    Robert Hurst
    PCE-876 146k YDG-8 photographed by her builder on 21 June 1944
    National Archives photo 19-N-69080 from
    Mike Green
    PCE-876 110k YDG-8 photographed by her builder on 21 June 1944.
    National Archives photo 19-N-69082 from the Naval Historical Center at
    Robert Hurst
    PCE-876 77k YDG-8 probaby photographed in San Franscisco Bay soon after her return to the West Coast in February 1946.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 77377 from

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Carl Vincent Schlaet, USNR10 July 1944
    02LT Gordon G. Gaddis, USNR15 March 1945
    03LT Frank Edward Dean, USNR21 September 1945
    04LT Herbert A. Ross, USNR21 November 1945
    05LT Joseph R. Brown, USNR16 March 1946
    06LT John P. Gorman, USNR22 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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    DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website

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