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Van Buren (PF-42)

Call sign:
Nan - Zebra - William - King


Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1) Originally authorized as Patrol Gunboat, PG-150
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-42, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down 24 June 1943 under Maritime Commission contract, (MC hull 1453), at Consolidated Steel Corp, Ltd., Los Angeles, CA.
  • Launched 27 July 1943
  • Commissioned USS Van Buren (PF-42), 17 December 1943 at Terminal Island, CA
  • Decommissioned 6 May 1946 at Charleston, SC
  • Struck from the Naval Register 19 June 1946
  • Sold for scrap in August 1947 to the Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. of Chester, PA.


  • Displacement 1,430 t. (lt), 2,415 t. (fl)
  • Length 303' 11"
  • Beam 37' 6"
  • Draft 13' 8"
  • Speed 20.3 kts.
  • Complement 214
  • Armament: Two 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts, two twin 40mm gun mounts, nine 20mm gun mounts, two depth charge tracks, eight depth charge projectors, and one depth charge projector (hedgehog)
  • Propulsion: Two 3-drum express boilers, two 5,500ihp J. Hendy Iron Works engines, two shafts.
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    Van Buren 58k 11 January 1944
    Conducting a speed trial over the measured mile off Balboa Peninsula, Newport Beach, California
    Richard Leonis
    "Plank Owner"
    (via Stan Cochran)

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Charles Breckenridge Arrington, USCG17 December 1943
    02LT K. L. Peterson, USCGMay 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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