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Gettysburg (PCE 904)

Call sign:
November - Papa - Hotel - Zulu

PCE-842 Class Patrol Craft Escort:

  • Laid down 18 February 1943 at Williamette Iron and Steel Corp., Portland, Oregon
  • Launched 9 September 1943
  • Commissioned USS PCE-904, 31 May 1945
  • Decommissioned 5 January 1950
  • Recommissioned 21 November 1950 at New York City, NY
  • Decommissioned 2 September 1955 at New London, Connecticut and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
  • Named Gettysburg 15 February 1956
  • Sold for scrap 23 June 1960 to Boston Metals Co. of Baltimore, Maryland.


  • 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 twin 40mm mounts, five single 20mm mounts, two depth charge tracks, four depth charge projectors, and one depth charge projector (hedgehog)
  • Propulsion: Two 2,000bhp General Motors 12-278A diesel engines, Falk single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PCE-904 32k 3"/50 main mount Garth Turner
    PCE-904 28k 40mm mount
    PCE-904 28k 20mm mount
    PCE-904 82k Naval Institute photo .
    PCE-904 59k c. Fall 1945
    Baker docks, Pearl Harbor
    Garth Turner
    PCE-904 34k c. Early 1946
    Pearl Harbor, HI
    PCE-904 25k c. Early 1946
    Pearl Harbor, HI
    PCE-904 52k c. Early 1946
    Pearl Harbor, HI
    In dry dock for shaft repairs
    PCE-904 24k
    PCE-904 72k
    PCE-904 69k
    PCE-904 107k c. 1947
    Midway Island
    Bill Lambert, former RDM3/c
    Crew member 1947/1948
    PCE-904 73k c. 1952 Robert Hurst
    PCE-904 81k Chinese Military Training, U.S. Navy Ships Poster (Wall Chart), Chinese People's Liberation Army, 1966 Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 27 June 2019

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