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Call sign:
Nan - Item - William - Able

PGM-9 Class Motor Gunboat:

  • Laid down 14 August 1944 as PC-1568 by the Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, WI
  • Reclassified as a Motor Gunboat, PGM-32, 16 August 1944
  • Launched 14 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS PGM-32, 9 February 1945
  • Present in Tokyo Bay during Japanese surrender ceremony in September 1945
  • Participated in Operation Crossroads in 1946
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission 27 October 1947 and sold
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 280 t. (lt), 450 t. (fl)
  • Length 173' 8"
  • Beam 23
  • Draft 10' 10"
  • Speed 20 kts.
  • Complement 65
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose mount, one twin 40mm gun mount, six 20mm guns, one twin .50 cal. machine gun, and one 60mm mortar
  • Propulsion: Two 1,440bhp General Motors 16-278A diesel engines, Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PGM-32 94k Launching Bob Daly/PC-1181
    USS PGM-32
    PGM-32 333k Photo from the collection of Clarence Nelson Oswald Original photo: Hyperwar U.S. Navy in WW II
    Replacement photo: Mary Boldt
    Replacement added 28 June 2020
    PGM-32 180k Photo from the collection of Clarence Nelson Oswald Mary Boldt
    Photos added 28 June 2020
    PGM-32 225k
    PGM-32 180k
    PGM-32 264k ENS Clarence Oswald, USNR
    Photo from the collection of Clarence Nelson Oswald
    PGM-32 206k Center: ENS Clarence Oswald
    Photo from the collection of Clarence Nelson Oswald

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG G. A. Oberle, USNR1946
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PGM-32
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Patrol Craft Sailors Association
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