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Call sign:
Nan - William - Sugar - Fox


SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser:
  • Laid down 18 September 1941 by the Westergard Boat Works, Biloxi, MS
  • Launched 4 May 1942
  • Commissioned PC-654, 18 July 1942
  • Reclassified SC-654 in April 1943
  • Was at Efate Island, New Hebrides 24 - 30 May 1943
  • Visited Auckland, New Zealand 11 - 25 September 1944
  • Destroyed 18 December 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register 3 January 1946.


  • Displacement 148 t.
  • Length 110' 10"
  • Beam 17'
  • Draft 6' 6"
  • Speed 15.6 kts.
  • Complement 28
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, two .50 cal. machine guns, two depth charge projector "Y Guns," and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 880bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    SC-654 87k Photo courtesy of the family of MoMM2c Robert C. Heinze, Crewmember 9 March 1944 - 17 September 1945 SS Arkansan website
    SC-654 88k In dry dock
    Photo courtesy of the family of MoMM2c Robert C. Heinze, Crewmember 9 March 1944 - 17 September 1945

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Joel T. Williams, USNRSeptember 1942 - March 1943
    02LTJG W. L. Hopkins, USNRJune 1943
    03ENS John C. Boutall, USNRSeptember 1943 - December 1943
    04ENS Ralph Engelman, USNRMarch 1944 - September 1944
    05LTJG William R. Finch, USNRDecember 1944
    06ENS Samuel S. Schweitzer, USNRMarch 1945 - December 1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for SC-654
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