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Parris Island (AG 72)

Call sign:
Nan - Peter - Fox - Xray

PCE-881 Class Patrol Craft Escort/Miscellaneous Auxiliary:

  • Laid down 10 May 1943 as PCE-901 by the Willamette Iron and Steel Corp., Portland, OR
  • Launched 8 July 1943
  • Reclassified as a Miscellaneous Auxiliary and named Parris Island (AG 72), 28 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS Parris Island (AG 72), 30 October 1944
  • Decommissioned 19 June 1947
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 August 1947
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission 20 January 1948, sold to a Honduran Registry retained name and served as the M/V Parris Island into 1970
  • Scrapped in 1990.


  • Displacement 850 t.
  • Length 184' 6"
  • Beam 33'
  • Draft 9'
  • Speed 15.7 kts.
  • Complement 110
  • Armament: Four single 20mm gun mounts
  • Propulsion: Two 900shp General Motors 12-278A diesel engines, Falk single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Parris Island (AG 72)
    PCE-901 113k 25 October 1944
    Photographed by her builder, the Willamette Iron & Steel Corp., Portland, Oregon
    National Archives photos 19-N-74945, 19-N-74959 and 19-N-74965 from
    Robert Hurst
    PCE-901 80k
    PCE-901 129k
    USS Parris Island (AG 72)
    PCE-901 203k National Archives photo USN 1044001 Mike Green
    Photo added 12 December 2019
    PCE-901 185k 17 November 1944
    Photographed by her builder, the Willamette Iron & Steel Corp., Portland, Oregon
    National Archives photo 19-N-74949 from
    PCE-901 205k Seen in a West Coast port from USS Hughes [DD 410], late in 1945
    Photo by C. Bradley
    John Chiquoine
    MV Parris Island
    PCE-901 129k 19 August 1990
    Partially sunk near a scrap yard in the Elizabeth River, Virginia
    Photo courtesy of Christopher P. Cavas from
    Robert Hurst

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