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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Yoke - Love - Queen

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 21 October 1942 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 5 January 1943
  • Completed 19 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 aircraft 10 October 1943 north of Vella Lavella
  • 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 "Pom Pom Express", ex-"Pom Pom Girl", ex-"Black Cat", ex-"Idiot's Delight", ex-"Slow Freight", ex-"Betty Lou" 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-179 93k Photos from the collection of John Geovjian The Geovjian family
    PT-179 68k

    Photos from the collection of John Geovjian, Crewmember PT-179
    Contributed by The Geovjian Family

    (If you know the identity of any of these crew members, please send an email with their names)
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    THE CREW OF PT-179

    Arnold, H.H.
    Ashbrook, Thomas A.
    Corriston, Edward J. QM 3c
    Cozart, Evert
    Falowski, Alfred GM 3c
    Fiala, Lloyd W GM 2c
    Geovjian, John S2c
    Gilligan, Robert F. MOMM 2c
    Glenn, Thomas W, QM 1c
    Goforth, William H. CGM
    Green, Bob
    Guinn, Harry E. Lt., USNR
    Haimi, Edwin A.
    Hansen, Christian EM 2c
    Hill, Robert S. GM 2c
    Jones, Sheldon S. Lt.Jg, USNR
    Klopman, William A. Jr., Lt., USNR
    Lambros, John J, Lt., USNR
    Loiko, Albin St3/Cook
    McGonagle, George A.
    Miller, George C. Lt., USNR
    Moe, Lewis J. Lt., USNR
    Page, Robert G. Lt., USNR
    Schadwill, Edward LtJg, USNR
    Van Ness, Charles W. TM 1c
    Warren, Willis L. EM 2

    1. Frank J. Dublikar, Jr., GM3c, USNR,
    in middle of the back row with his hands on the shoulders of the men in front
    of him


    3. Frank J. Dublikar, Jr., GM3c, USNR,
    standing, 4th from the left

    4. John Geovjian

    5. John's trunk

    6. John Geovjian manning the 20mm mount

    7. John Geovjian in one of the twin .50 cal. machine guns with a flak jacket hanging from the rail

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-179
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