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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Xray - Zebra - Able

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 7 August 1942 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 20 October 1942
  • Completed 6 November 1942, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron NINE (MTBRon 9) under the command of Lt. Comdr. Robert B. Kelly
  • MTBRon 9, assigned to the South Pacific, had action at Rendova, Lever Harbor, Treasury, and Green
  • Transferred to 12 May 1943 to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWELVE (MTBRon 12) under the command of Lt. Comdr. John Harllee
  • MTBRon 12, assigned to the Southwest Pacific, had action in New Guinea waters at Morobe, Dreger Harbor, Hollandia, and Mios Woendi, and in the Philippines at San Pedro Bay and Ormoc. It also
    based for a time at Kana Kopa, New Guinea, but had no action from this base. MTBRon 12 was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for action in the New Guinea area from October 1943 to
    March 1944
  • Sunk the Japanese submarine IJN Ro-102 in company with PT-150 at Milne Bay, New Guinea 14 May 1943
  • During the Battle Leyte Gulf on the night of 24 - 25 October 1944 she was hit forward by a shell from the Japanese destroyer Shigure, killing one man and wounding three others. On 27 October 1944, a
    Mitsubishi A6M Zero (or "Zeke") dropped a fragmentation bomb off the bow of PT-152. Two men died and eight were wounded
  • The "Lack-a-Nooky", ex-"Miss Malaria", ex-"Killarney Curse" was placed out of service, stripped and destroyed by U.S. Forces 26 October 1945 at Samar, Philippines.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, four 21" Torpedoes and two twin .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-155 202k A light snowfall whitens boats of Squadron 9, loaded three abreast on SS White Plains in New York in December 1942 for shipment to Panama. PT-155 is on the far left with PT-152 in the center
    National Archives photo 80-G-184393 from "At Close Quarters PT Boats in the United States Navy" by Captain Robert J. Bulkley, Jr., USNR (Retired)
    Robert Hurst
    PT-152 167k Forward deck of PT-152, showing effect of enemy 4.7-inch shell in the Battle of Surigao Strait
    National Archives photo 80-G-345822
    Joe Radigan
    PT-152 282k "Up the Morobe River"
    Reclining on the pilot house, from left to right: Cookie, Arthur Grant, ENS Herbert P. Knight, USNR (boat commander) and unknown. Standing on the right with his hand on his left hip is Truxton "Tex/Pappy" Wehrman Sr. the boats Motor Machinist
    From the collection of Arthur Grant
    William Burgess
    PT-152 216k Jim Weaver Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-152 270k PT-152 in the right background Bill Jones

    Boat Captain
    01ENS Herbert P. Knight, USNR - Awarded the Silver Star (1943)May 1943
    02LTJG Joseph A. Eddins, USN - Awarded the Bronze StarOctober 1944
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-152
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