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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Yoke - King - Mike

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 13 October 1942 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 29 December 1942
  • Completed 12 January 1943
  • Placed in service 20 January 1943 and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron ELEVEN (MTBRon 11) under the command of Lt. Comdr. Leroy T. Taylor, USN
  • MTBRon 11, assigned to the South Pacific, had action at Rendova, Vella Lavella, Bougainville, and Emirau
  • Damaged by Japanese floatplanes 24 August 1943 at Gizo Strait, Solomons
  • Transferred to the Southwest Pacific in June 1944, the squadron had action at Morotai, in the Halmaheras. It also based for a time at Mios Woendi, Dutch New Guinea, but had no action from that base
  • The "Minuteman", ex-"Spirit of 76" was placed out of service, stripped and destroyed 11 November 1945 at Samar, Philippines.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, two torpedoes, two twin .50 cal. machine guns, one 37mm mount and one 20mm mount
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-176 291k Samar, Philippines
    PT-177, PT-178 and PT-176
    Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-176 100k c. November 1945
    Samar, Philippines
    PT-176 65k

    Crew Photos

    Photos from the collection of MoMM1c Bob Hart. Contributed by Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.


    2. Alongi straddling a torpedo



    5. MoMM1/c Bob Hart working on captured Japanese 120vac generator

    6. Noumea, New Caledonia
    c. 1943

    7. Samar, Philippines

    8. Vella Lavella, Solomon Islands
    c. 1943
    Back row: RM Unsworth; MoMM Bucklew; GM Ray Foley; SM Agular; GM Bill Adan; Cook C. Ford; RDR Wes Mathena; MoMM Timber Robson; MoMM Ford and TM Fred Nagelschmidt
    Front row: ENS Miller; MoMM1/c Bob Hart and ENS W.E. Powell, USNR

    9. Alongi on a 20mm

    Boat Captain
    01LTJG R. C. Fisher, USNJuly 1944
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-176
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