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Banning (PCE 886)

Call sign:
Nan - Zebra - Peter - Mike

PCE-842 Class Patrol Craft Escort:

  • Laid down 29 March 1944 by the Albina Engine and Machine Works, Portland, OR
  • Launched 10 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS PCE-886, 31 May 1945 at Portland
  • Decommissioned 30 December 1949 and laid up with the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Astoria Group, Astoria, OR
  • Recommissioned 7 September 1950 and reclassified as a Control Escort, PCE(C)-886
  • Decommissioned in August 1953 and again laid up in the Astoria Group
  • Named Banning 15 February 1956 and reclassified back to a Patrol Craft Escort, PCE-886
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 May 1961
  • Turned over to the Hood River Port Commission, Hood River, OR in July 1961 for use as a memorial
  • Returned to Navy custody in 1969
  • Acquired in 1972 by Growler, Inc. of Juneau, AK and renamed Growler
  • Foundered 1 October 1973 in the Chukchi Sea off Cape Prince of Wales, AK.


  • Displacement 903 t.
  • Length 184' 6"
  • Beam 33' 1"
  • Draft 9' 5"
  • Speed 15.7 kts.
  • Complement 99
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose mount, three twin 40mm mounts, four twin 20mm mounts, two depth charge tracks, four K-gun depth charge projectors, and one Mk6 depth charge
    projector (hedgehog)
    1948 - K-guns removed
  • Propulsion: Two 1,000bhp General Motors 12-578A diesel engines, Falk single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS PCE(C)-886
    PCE-886 131k E. J. Comeau
    PC 553/1228
    PCE-886 65k
    Banning 156k Joe Radigan
    Banning 416k National Archives photo USN 1043667 Naval History and Heritage Command
    Photo added 18 September 2019
    Banning 172k c. January 1952
    Inboard profile
    Line drawing by A. D. Baker, III from U.S. Small Combatants: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman
    Robert Hurst
    Banning (PCE 886)
    Banning 111k Visitors begin a conducted tour of Banning at Hood River, OR Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    Banning 147k c. July 1964
    Hood River, OR
    Photo from Dave's print collection
    Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
    Photo added 18 September 2019

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Eugene William Stetson, Jr., USNR31 May 1945 - 23 September 1945
    02LT Donald Thomas Wiley, USNR23 September 1945 - 8 November 1945
    03LT Robert Oscar Klausmeyer, USNR8 November 1945 - 8 December 1945
    04LT Edwin Heizman, Jr., USNR8 December 1945 - March 1946
    05LTJG J. A. Constantine, Jr., USNRMarch 1946 - April 1946
    06LTJG Bruce W. Nyland, USNRApril 1946 - 16 May 1946
    07LTJG Harry Martin Keating, USNR16 May 1946 - June 1946
    08LTJG Gordon Roger Hopwood, USN - USNA Class of 1945June 1946 - 1947
    09LT Donald John McMillan, USN1947 - 1948
    10LT Robert Turner Gregory, USN - USNA Class of 19441948 - August 1948
    11LT Bruce Atkinson O'Neal, USNAugust 1948
    12LT Ernest Leon Carpenter, USN1952
    ??LTJG Walter Jason Harris, USN
    ??LT Robert Martin Collins, USN - Awarded two Silver Stars, Legion of Merit with Combat "V", three Bronze Stars with Combat "V", four Purple Hearts, seven Air Medals, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V" and the Combat Action Ribbon
    Retired as Rear Admiral
    Courtesy Joe Radigan and Wolfgang Hechler

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