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Pocatello (PF 9)

Call sign:
Nan - How - Able - Love


Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) Originally designated as a Patrol Gunboat, PG-117
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-9, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down 17 August 1943 under Maritime Commission contract, (MC hull 1427) by Kaiser Cargo Inc., Yard No. 4, Richmond, CA
  • Launched 17 October 1943
  • Commissioned USS Pocatello (PF-9), 18 February 1944 at Richmond
  • LT Christian Rudolph "Buddy" Ebsen, Jr., USCGR (aka movie star Buddy Ebsen, [Jed Clampett of The Beverly Hillbillies] served in Pocatello February 1944 - 16 October 1945)
  • Decommissioned 2 May 1946 at Charleston, SC
  • Struck from the Naval Register 5 June 1947
  • Sold for scrap in September 1947 to J. C. Berkwitz and Co. of New York.


  • Displacement 1,430 t.
  • Length, 303' 11"
  • Beam 37' 6"
  • Draft 13' 8"
  • Speed 20.3 kts.
  • Complement 190
  • Armament: Three 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts, two twin 40mm gun mounts, nine 20mm guns, one Hedgehog depth charge projector, eight Y-gun depth charge projectors and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 240psi 3-drum express boilers, two 5,500ihp verticle triple expansion J. Hendy Iron Works engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Pocatello 70k U.S. Coast Guard photo Joe Radigan
    Pocatello 85k 15 March 1944
    General Engineering and Drydock Co., Alameda, CA
    The minesweeper Impeccable (AM 320) (with No. 57 on the bow) is under construction at upper left
    U.S. Navy photo 1969-44
    Darryl L. Baker
    Pocatello 85k Shown off Mare Island Navy Yard 27 March 1944
    U.S. Navy photo 1968-44
    Pocatello 218k Underway in the eastern North Pacific (position 49 31'N, 134 20'W) on 28 December 1944 at Weather Station Able, 1500 miles West of Strait of Juan de Fuca
    Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 78993
    Mike Green
    Pocatello 254k c. 1944
    Photo taken from USCGC Haida [WPG 45] upon relief at Weather Station Able, 1500 miles West of Strait of Juan de Fuca
    From the collection of Anthony E. DeSomma
    Peter K. DeSomma

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Samuel Gardner Guill, USCG18 February 1944 - 7 May 1945
    02LCDR Henry H. Horrocks, Jr., USCG7 May 1945 - 6 September 1945
    03LCDR John D. Winn, Jr., USCG6 September 1945 - 2 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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