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Call sign:
Nan - Item - Victor - Sugar

PGM-29 served the Navies of the United States and Greece

PGM-9 Class Motor Gunboat:

  • Laid down 11 May 1944 as PC-1565 by the Leathem B. Smith Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, WI
  • Launched 16 July 1944
  • Reclassified as a Motor Gunboat, PGM-29, 16 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS PGM-29, 29 November 1944
  • During World War II PGM-29 was assigned to the Asiatic Pacific theater and participated in the following operations:
    Okinawa Gunto Operation, 24 March - 30 June 1945
    Third Fleet Operations Against Japan, 10 July - 15 August 1945
    Minesweeping Operations, Pacific, Sasebo (Kyushu-Korea Area), 9 September - 17 October 1945, and
    Minesweeping Operations, Pacific, "Skyway" (East China Sea-Ryukyus Area), 14 August - 9 November 1945
  • Took part in Operation Crossroads in 1946
  • Decommissioned 11 December 1947, sold to Greece and named Plotarkhis Chatziconstandis (P 96)
  • Sold for scrap
  • PGM-29 earned four battle stars and the Navy Occupation Service Medal for World War II service.


  • Displacement 295 t.
  • Length 173' 8"
  • Beam 23'
  • Draft 10' 10" (max.)
  • Speed 20 kts.
  • Complement 65
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose mount, one twin 40mm gun mount (twin 40s removed and replaced by Hedgehogs in 1963), six 20mm guns, one twin .50 cal. machine gun and one 60mm mortar
  • Propulsion: Two 1,440bhp General Motors 16-278A diesel engines, Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PC-1565 114k Launching Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    USS PGM-29
    PGM-29 81k Bob Daly/PC-1181
    PGM-29 113k Tommy Trampp
    PGM-29 122k c. 1945
    From the collection of MSgt Norman Messenger, USAF, Ret. who served on board as a Quartermaster/Signalman
    CDR Norman K. Messenger, SC, USN, Ret.
    PGM-29 120k c. 1945
    Ships mascot "Lucy"
    From the collection of MSgt Norman Messenger, USAF, Ret. who served on board as a Quartermaster/Signalman
    Plotarkhis Chatziconstandis (P 96)
    PGM-29 373k 27 August 1978
    Karpathos Island, Greece
    Photo by Peter Davey
    Chris Howell

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Neal H. Rumbaugh, USNR1945
    02LTJG N. C. Thomas, USNR1946
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PGM-29
    View the PGM-29 stories Gunboat Rescue and "Operation Crossroads and the PGM-29"
    Additional Resources and Websites of Interest
    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
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