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Call sign:
November - Zulu - Romeo - Sierra

PCE-896 served the U. S. Navy and U. S. Coast Guard

PCE-896 served the Navies of the United States and South Korea

PCE-842 Class Patrol Craft Escort:

  • Laid down 2 December 1942 by the Williamette Iron and Steel Corp., Portland, OR
  • Launched 22 May 1943
  • Commissioned USS PCE-896, 27 November 1944
  • Reclassified as a Control Patrol Craft Escort, PCE(C)-896 in August 1945
  • Decommissioned 28 May 1964 and reclassified as a Patrol Craft Escort, PCE-896
  • Transferred to the Coast Guard 29 July 1964
  • Transferred to South Korea 1 November 1974
  • Struck from the Naval Register 15 November 1974
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 850 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 40mm mounts, four 20mm mounts, two depth charge tracks, four depth charge projectors, and one Hedgehog depth charge projector
  • Propulsion: Two 2,000bhp General Motors 12-278A diesel engines, Falk single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    PCE-894 94k 28 September 1945
    Mare Island Navy Yard
    PCE-894 incline tests. The bows of PCE-895 and PCE-896 are visible in
    the background
    U.S. Navy Photo 4528-45
    Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Public Affairs Office
    PCE-896 77k Being approached by PCE(C)-898 for highline transfer. c. early 1950s. Roger Powel
    via Rick Mader
    (Original photo by Ken Nelsen from
    PCE-896 101k Highlining with PCE(C)-898. c. early 1950s.
    PCE-896 87k
    PCE-896 73k Breaking away from PCE(C)-898. c. early 1950s
    PCEC-896 47k Near Japan, c. 1952 Ken Nelsen
    PCE-896 93k U.S. Navy photo from the January 1956 edition of All Hands magazine Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PCE-896
    Commanding Officers
    01LT Stephen Whitcomb, USNR9 November 1944 - August 1945
    02LT Jack C. Staley, USNRAugust 1945 - September 1945
    03LT Robert J. Snyder, USNRSeptember 1945 - 11 January 1946
    04LTJG Donald P. Cameron, Jr., USNR11 January 1946 - June 1946
    05LTJG Carter E. Nelms, USNRJune 1946 - March 1947
    06LT Richard Brady Mears, USN - USNA Class of 1944March 1947
    07LT Nelson Collins Walton, USN1950s
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Patrol Craft Sailors Association

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