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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Yoke - Roger - Able

80' Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 3 December 1942 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 13 February 1943
  • Placed in service 3 March 1943 under the command of LT J. William Costello and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWELVE (MTBRon 12) under the command of Lt. Comdr. John
    Harllee, USN
  • 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
  • PT-194 participated in the following campaigns:

    Capture and defense of Guadalcanal;
    Consolidation of Southern Solomon Islands;
    Eastern New Guinea operation;
    Leyte Gulf operations, and
    Battle of Surigao Strait, 24 - 26 October 1944

  • "Little Mike", ex-"Liberty Hound" was placed out of service, stripped and destroyed, 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, two torpedoes, three twin .50 cal. machine guns and one 20mm mount
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PT-194 101k Removing the wounded from USS Kalk (DD-611) onto PT-194 aftermath of a bomb blast aboard the Kalk on 27 May 1944 Gary L. Edmisten
    PT-194 167k Refueling from USS Wachapreague (AGP-8) on 20 October 1944 while en route from Palau to Leyte Gulf
    National Archives photo 80-G-345815
    Naval Historical Center

    Boat Captains
    01ENS Robert M. Hursh, Jr., USNR - Awarded the Bronze StarOctober 1943
    02LT Thomas C. Hall, USN - Awarded the Bronze StarOctober 1944
    03LTJG Elmer J. "Bud" Smith, USNR - Awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart1944
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-194
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