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Call sign:
Nan - William - How - Oboe

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 5 June 1943 as RPT-15 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 24 August 1943
  • Completed as PT-548, 7 September 1943, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWENTY EIGHT (MTBRon 28) under the command of LCDR George A. Matteson, Jr., USNR
  • MTBRon 28, assigned to the South Pacific, had action at Treasury and Green. Transferred to the Southwest Pacific in October 1944, it had action at Lingayen Gulf in the Philippines. It also based for a
    time at Mios Woendi in New Guinea and at San Pedro Bay in the Philippines, but had no action from these bases
  • The "Devil's Dozen" was placed out of service 21 October 1945
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission in May 1946 and sold
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, one 37mm mount, one 20mm mount, four 21" torpedoes and two twin .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PT-383 & PT-548 192k 11 September 1943
    Brooklyn Navy Yard, NY
    PT-383 and PT-548 berthed astern of USS Roe (DD 418) during their work-up period
    National Archives photo 19-LCM-dd418
    Rick Davis and John Chiquoine
    Photo added 27 November 2020
    PT-548 173k Photos by Carl Mydan from Life magazine archives Gregory Garbe
    PT-548 131k
    PT-548 137k

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-548
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