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Havre (PCE 877)

Call sign:
November - Xray - November - Charlie

PCE-842 Class Patrol Craft Escort:

  • Laid down 6 May 1943 at Albina Engine and Machine Works, Portland, Oregon
  • Launched 11 August 1943
  • Commissioned USS PCE-877, 14 February 1944
  • Damaged off Iwo Jima 23 February 1945
  • Reclassified as an Amphibious Control Vessel, PCE(C)-877, 20 August 1945
  • Present in Tokyo Bay during Japanese surrender ceremony in September 1945
  • Assigned as Naval Reserve Training Ship for 9th Naval District in April 1954
  • Reclassified PCE-877, 27 October 1955
  • Named Havre 15 February 1956
  • Served with U.S. Naval Reserves, Chicago District, from April 1954 through 1970
  • Struck from the Navy list 1 July 1970
  • 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, three twin 40mm gun mounts, five 20mm mounts, four depth charge projectors, one depth charge projector (hedgehog), and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 900bhp General Motors 12-567A diesel engines, Falk single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Havre 75k Bob Daly/PC-1181
    Havre 76k Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Havre 271k c. 1946
    U.S. Navy photo
    Richard Vreeke
    Havre 198k c. Summer 1954
    Moored alongside the waterfront parking lot of “The Flame”, a Duluth, MN nightclub. One of the seven ships of the Great Lakes Training Fleet that consisted of one DE and six PCEs
    Photo taken from the Daniel A. Joy (DE 585)
    Don Garner RM3, Daniel A. Joy (DE 585)
    Havre 234k c. July 1957
    Manitowoc, WI
    Richard Vreeke
    Havre 249k
    Havre/Portage 245k c. 1960
    Chicago, IL
    Moored inboard of Portage (PCE 902) at the Naval Reserve Training Center piers
    Photo by Dave Schroeder
    John Chiquoine
    Photo added 25 November 2019
    Havre 26k c. 1967
    St. Joseph River
    Photo © The Herald-Palladium, St. Joseph-Benton Harbor, Michigan
    Submitted with permission of The Herald-Palladium
    CDR Philip J. Jordan, USCGR, Ret.

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Coleman Hurdleston Smith, USNR14 February 1944 - 14 December 1944
    02LT John R. Shea, Jr., USNR14 December 1944 - September 1945
    03LT Christian G. Schmidt, USNRSeptember 1945 - December 1945
    04LTJG John P. Johnson, USNRDecember 1945 - 1946
    05LT William George Mann, Jr., USNR1946 - 1947
    06LCDR Stuart Tees Sadler, USN - Retired as Captain1947 - 1949
    07LCDR Robert Irving Marr, USNDecember 1953 - 1954
    08LT Charles Robert Barney, USN1959 - 1962
    09LCDR MacDonald Verner Jr., USNR1962 - 1963
    10LCDR Donald Gene Jefferson, USN1965 - 22 July 1968
    11LT Ronald Erwin Harder, USN - USNA Class of 196422 July 1968 - December 1969
    12LT Herman Joseph "Skeets" Meyer, USNDecember 1969 - 1 July 1970
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, Bill Gonyo, Richard G. Lambert, Don Verner and Joe Radigan

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