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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Yoke - Dog - Able

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 15 August 1942 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 30 October 1942
  • Completed 20 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 the Southwest Pacific in May 1944, the squadron had action at Mios Woendi, Dutch
    New Guinea; Morotai, in the Halmaheras; and at Zamboanga and Tawi Tawi in the Philippines. The squadron also based for a time at Dreger Harbor, New Guinea, and at Samar in the Philippines, but had no action from these bases
  • The "Dragon Lady", ex-"Ole-Spooky", ex-"Fighting 55", ex-"Rapid Robert", ex-"5 X 5" was placed out of service, stripped and destroyed by U.S. Forces 24 November 1945 at Samar, Philippines
  • Struck from the Naval Register 28 November 1945.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, one 37mm mount, two 20mm mounts, four 22.4" 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-155 216k Courtesy of Alvin Hanson Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-155 116k Wearing her Ole-Spooky logo
    Gustave Marinier, front row second from left
    From the collection of Gustave Marinier, PT-155
    PT-155 60k Mark 13 warhead face
    From the collection of Gustave Marinier, PT-155
    PT-155 84k Wearing her Dragon Lady logo
    From the collection of Gustave Marinier, PT-155
    PT-155 81k Gustave Marinier, back row on left, directly in from of the 20mm mount
    From the collection of Gustave Marinier, PT-155
    PT-155 74k Gustave Marinier, on left
    From the collection of Gustave Marinier, PT-155

    Boat Captains
    01LT Michael Richard Pessolano, USN - USNA Class of 1942
    Awarded the Silver Star (1943)
    02LT Malcolm Toon, USNR - Awarded the Bronze Star with Combat VAugust 1944
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-155
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