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Call sign:
Nan - King - Dog - Victor

78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 19 March 1943 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 17 May 1943
  • Completed 4 November 1943, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron SIXTEEN (MTBRon 16) under the command of Lt. Comdr. Almer P. Colvin, USN
  • MTBRon 16 participated in the Aleutian campaign from August 1943 to May 1944. Transferred to the Southwest Pacific, the squadron had action at Mios Woendi, Dutch New Guinea; Mindoro, Philippine Islands; and Brunei Bay,
    Borneo. It also based for a time at Dreger Harbor, New Guinea, and San Pedro Bay, Philippine Islands, but had no action from these bases. PT's 295-301, placed in service after the squadron had departed for the Aleutians,
    were designated as Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron SIXTEEN B (MTBRon 16B), which was commissioned as a separate command under Lt. James H. Van Sicklen, USNR
  • The "Snuffy Smith" was heavily damaged on 7 November 1944 by an accidental explosion at the forward base of Mios Woendi, Biak Island. Repairs were deemed impossible and she was laid up as a constructive total loss
  • Destroyed 15 August 1945.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 78'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5' 3"
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, two 21" 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-301 80k 12 May 1945
    Biak Island, New Guinea
    The hulk of PT-301
    Photo from the collection of Angelo Francis Zucconi, Crewmember PT-160
    Paul Zucconi

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-301
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