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PGM-11 call sign:
Nan - Tare - Dog - How


PC-806 call sign:
Nan - William - Sugar - Uncle

PGM-9 Class Motor Gunboat/PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser:

  • Laid down 27 September 1943 as PC-806 by the Commercial Iron Works, Portland, OR
  • Launched 30 October 1943
  • Reclassified as a Motor Gunboat, PGM-11 in August 1944
  • Commissioned USS PGM-11, 13 December 1944
  • Damaged by grounding 14 April 1945 off Kerama Retto, Southwest of Okinawa
  • Refloated and repaired
  • She was active in the Pacific theater, primarily accompanying minesweepers in and around the Philippines. These boats served an important support role during the war. Eldon Charles Schmitt, a former crewmember recalled that
    "They had more guns per square foot than any other ship at that time, hence the name gunboat."
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission in October 1948
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 280 t. (lt), 450 t. (fl)
  • Length 173' 8"
  • Beam 23'
  • Draft 10' 10"
  • Speed 19 kts.
  • Complement 65
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, one twin 40mm mount, six 20mm guns, and four twin .50 cal. machine gun
  • Propulsion: Two 1,280bhp Hooven-Owen-Rentschler RB-99 DA diesel engines, Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    PGM-11 79k c. 1945 John Schmitt for his father, Eldon Charles Schmitt, USN, Ret. who was a former crewmember

    Commanding Officers
    01LT E. H. George., USNR1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PGM-11
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