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Fine web site -- good content -- well organized -- easy to use. I’m seeking photos of former SC’s
in service with Coast Guard in 1945-47 as “Air” class WAVR’s. I have one photo of the CGC Air
Mallard WAVR-437, but haven’t found any others. If someone can help with my quest I’d be
most grateful.

In a July 29, 2001 entry in this guestbook, Elliot Castens pointed out that SC1057 served as a training vessel for Admiral Billard Academy in New London, CT between her naval service and her service as a charter fisherman. In this service, she maintained basically the same configuration, above and below decks, as in her navy days (less armament, of course).

Despite the fact that Billard closed it’s doors 49 years ago, we have a rather active alumni organization, including a quarterly newsletter which I edit. I’ll publish word of the restoration project in our January issue. I’m sure that some of us who sailed on her would be interested in the restoration project. Whom should they contact?

this is an excelent site for anyone who loves ships.

I am sure glad I found this site about the splinter fleet. I served in the US Coast Guard on the SC711.The ship was assigned to air-sea rescue work operating out of Newport R.I.after the war.There were several SC’s in our group, all were ordered into Boston Mass in April 1946 where we were sent home for discharge.Great Ship and cold duty in rhe winter of 1945.

Served aboard the SC1303 in 1943 any shipmated that sees
this I would sure like to hear from you.

found this wed site by chance and i’m glag i did.the good old splinter fleet. i served on board the sc 703 from the time of commission back in jan 1943 until oct 1944 momm2c.we were with the 7TH fleet southwest pacific,new guinea area.made every invasion from lae to biak along the new guinea coast.the ship earn 3 battle stars and the navy unit citation. virgina jones i’m sorry to hear about franc passing away.i knew him very contact with any of the crew after leaving the ship in oct 1944. my e mail address

Would like to hear from shipmates who were aboard the SC742 from August 1944 to March 1946. Great website. Thank you so much.

My dad Bill Cooney, was a SM3c aboard the SC 1066 during WWII. He passed away in 1970.If anyone can recall serving with him, I would love to hear from you.

Moveing through this web site is a wonderfull adverture. Dad was on SC-1312. Any info, links, contact names or pictures to share would be appreciated.

I was the skipper of the USS SC-1066 during the invasions of the Marshalls and the Marianas (November 1943-July 1944). Prior to that, I served on SC-1065 from SCTC shakedown to West Coast patrol duty out of Treasure Island, SF (February-November 1943). The Naval Historical Foundation in 1997 published an oral history of my experiences on those ships. Copies were sent to each of the handful of shipmates I was able to locate. If you served on either ship with me, but were not reached, please respond to me.

On this Veteran’s Day, allow me to speak for millions of Americans, in thanking all of you SC men for your service to your country! (My Dad was on the SC 1326)

Looking for shipmates from SC-1004. Early 1944 through 1945 “ HERDY ”

My Father served on SC772. He is doing well, and would love to hear from others who served with him. His name is Francis “Buzz” Griffith. Please EMail any info.

This site is AWSOME!! ,Cant wait to get my hands on “the BOOK”
Looking for S.C.1025 shipmates (sept.43-sept 45)

Thanks for this website. My Dad is Frank Arnold who served on a subchaser in the Aluetians. He is now 82 but in generally good health and independent. I welcome any of his shipmates to contact me. I would really love to help him get in touch with any of his old war buddies.

Way back in 1945, I served about 11 months on the USS SC 1045. I found no entries regarding that great ship. It would be great to hear from some of the guys.

Excellent site. I was given a wooden Subchaser model in a diarama. This site answered all my questions. I will be putting it on EBAY so it can be purchased and enjoyed by someone with ties to a Subchaser. It is hull 97 if anyone care to contact me or has any information.

As one of the many fishermen on the Palace II, it’s nice to know that someone is going out of their way to restore a great boat.

You have a fine site that covers a little known area of naval history. My father served in SC354 in WWI. They crossed the Atlantic in bad conditions and barely made the Azores where they were able to refit and reprovision. Later they patrolled out of Plymouth, England. The English Channel and the Bay of Biscay were the usual assignments. The tough life on an SC made a mark on my father that never went away. Years later he could recall the marginal chow, the heavy weather and the cramped quarters. At the end of hostilites they sailed home via Bermuda where a monumental liberty was held which caused a brief international incident. Dad’s service on the PC’s was a factor in making a destroyer man of me 30 years later.

This is a very interesting and informative site! My father Thomas Kelland served aboard the SC1013 during WW11. I am interested in communicating with anyone who may have served with him.

Sorry about that August 1955 - the ship was decommisioned in 1945 and that would be the correct year. Would appreciate hearing from old shipmates. I have visited with Joe Reilly and Eugene Kyanski but that was at least 40 years ago. PKH

Great website. I just finished the book “Splinter Fleet” and it brought back memories. I served on the USS SC1065 from May 1944 to November 1955 and would like to hear from any old (emphasis on old) shipmates as I have lost contact with all of them - .

This is a great and informative site. My grandfather, Thomas Kelland, served aboard the SC1013 during WWII. My mom and I are interested in communicating with anyone who may have served with him.

My Father Tom Kelland served on the SC1013 during WWII. If there is anyone out there that served on this subchaser with him, please let me know. It would be great to chat with you.

Looking for info on SC 1343 which my father Aubrey served on. I believe he said it was based out of Boston Naval Yard, or New York as he always spoke of both places. I also have a letter that appears written by a Wilbur A. Emory(?) from Greenstone,PO Box 32 and postdated 9 May 1947. If you believe you are in relation to this gentleman I will forward copy of letter.

As a child growimg up in nyc in the early 60s I fished on two boats named “Bronx Queen” that came out of Whestchester creek in the Bronx, recently sunk by accident off Tin Can fishing grounds in/about 1995 and the “Chief”, out of Sheepshead Bay {whereabouts unknown}. The old timers told of stories that I neverforgot,a great childhood bonding with my father and grandfather.The greatest thing I remembererd is that they ROLLED when dead in the water,otherwise they were a great seaboat.

Wonderful information on your site. I served on SC703 in Manila Bay in 1945-46. We were Harbor Control vessel and greeted several Japanese ships there to repatriate Japanese prisoners following the end of the war. I was an 18 year old RM2/C from Osceola, Arkansas.

Great book, served aboard SC 1020 and related to many
of the stories. I have some of the ships logs but would
like to know more of her fate after decommisioning. Any progress being made in this segment??

My Dad served on PC592 from its first day until it was decommissioned, and was given the ship’s flag. I am proud of his service, and I appreciate your website for honoring all of the men who served on these ships.

Excellent site! My father -- Jon Hallinan from South Dakota -- served on SC 725 during WW II. As history buffs both he and I would like to hear from any of his shipmates
-- recollections, episodes, photos. Thanks!

I have been very happy to find your site because in France we cannot find many things about these small galant ships Please excuse my bad english but alas the school is far now Amitiés Yves

My brother Eric T.Bartlett formally of Detroit, Michigan, now of Lakewood, Colorado would really like to hear from anyone who served or was a family member of one who served on the SC1350 in the Pacific during the years of 1943-1945. Eric is in great health and keeps busy all the time. He is married, has 2 children and 4 grandsons. Please let us hear from you! Thank you

Great website! A+ Came across your web site trying to find info on my brother’s ship. He sailed on the SC 1350. Would love to hear from any one who sailed with Eric T Bartlett or any info on the subchaser. Looking forward to getting and reading your book.

My dad was an RM3 on PCS 1413. From 1942? to 1945, If anyone could provide any information on the history and disposition of the ship it wold be appreciated. My dad told
stories about the ship when I was younger. I know the ship operated in and around Johnston Island in the Pacific during the war, and made a trip to New Orleans withj a convoy once. But that is about all I can remember. I would like to get as much information together as I can and put together a remembrance album for future generations of my family to have. Any assistance or direction is appreciated.

My Dad, Edward Casey, served on the SC-491 during WWII. He will really enjoy this site.

Trying to locate information on PC-453. Would like to know the ship yard she was built in, the keel date, the launch date, and the commission date.

Sure would like to locate any of the officers or crew on the SC 633. Officers were
Charles J. Savarese, Jr., R. M. Emerson (Ralph?) L.E. Smart, Jr. Would appreciate
any information about any one of the crew.

I’m looking for anyone who may have served with my father, Robert H. “Bob” Traylor. He was a young seaman in WWII, about 18 years old, and served aboard a subchaser; I believe as a sonarman or radioman. I do not know the number of his ship, but I believe the ship was decommissioned at Treasure Island in 1946. From stories I can remember as a child, his ship was in the Phillipines, and I believe was involved in a Typhoon.

Let me try this again. Apparently it didn’t take the first time. Your site is very comprehensive, and easy to navigate around in. I have a favor to ask of you. I am the historian for the USS Schroeder, DD 501. I also combine research efforts with the crew members of the other Destroyer Squadron 25(WWII) tincans. On your “more photos of subchasers” page, the third photo down is of SC 742 and a Sims class destroyer. Even though the hull number is visible on both the bow and stern of the destroyer, it is not possible to read it off the computer screen. Would it be possible for you to e-mail me and let me know what the hull number is? Also, if you remember the approximate date and location of the photo, could you pass it along to me? It would be a great help to my research to know this information. Thank you in advance for considering my request.


Dave Schroeder

Very comprehensive site. I am the historian for the USS Schroeder, DD 501, and also combine research activities with the researchers representing the other cans in Destroyer Squadron 25 (WWII). I am very interested in your photo of SC 742 that is the third photo on your “more photos of sub chasers” page. There is a Sims class destroyer pictured with SC 742, and I am trying to determine which ship it is. It appears that the hull number is visible on both the bow and the stern of the of the ship, but I cannot read it off the computer screen. It would be a great help to me to know what the hull number of that tincan is. I would greatly appreciate it if you could e-mail me the information. I would like to thank you in advance for taking the time to consider my request.


Dave Schroeder

Many years ago, when I was a youngster, there was a private school in New London, Ct. called Admiral Billard Academy. The flagship of it’s fleet was a retired Navy Subchaser, the SC1057. In the summer, the school would run one month cruises from New London to Portland, Maine. They would either tie up at a pier or anchor in a harbor each night and cruise during the day. My folks sent me on one of these cruises one summer and I had the experience of my life. We actually worked the ship. We stood helm watch, took all kinds of readings in the engine room, did mess cook duty, served as lookouts and did line handling duties in port. It was one of the best times I ever had. I later followed it up with a tour in the Navy and served as an MM2 in the engine room on the U.S.S. Bon Homme Richard CVA-31. Quite a difference in ship size. Great website. I really enjoyed it.

I would very much like to hear from any of the crew of the SC1326 that was left aboard at Pearl Harbor when I was releived of command in December 1944 to return to the states. My career as CO was short-lived but if you was aboard on that helluva trip we made that night from Pearl to Maui, I’m sure you’ll remember. It surely put our ship to the test. I warned the Commodore commanding the task force that fifteen knots into a head on sea could not be maintained by an SC, but he insisted that we try. The result, you will recall was a near disaster. Let me hear from you.

My father, Neil Britton, served on SC774 in the Pacific between 1942 and 1945. He is hopeful of finding other crew members from that ship. The captain was John Caylor. Three good friends of my dad were Edward Sears, (2nd Class Radio) and J.C. Hardy (1st Class Fireman, and Francis Henderson, Boatswains Mate 1st Class. We would appreciate any information you might have. Thanks...

My father was also an Officer on the SC 1326, so imagine my excitement to see Mr. Cancienne’s entry (just a few above this)! Can’t wait to hear from any and all 1326 crewmates of my Dad’s.......and Thanks again to all who so bravely will never be forgotten.

Truly an outstanding site. My father Leland M. Jackson, S1c, served aboard the USS SC 1473. He passed the equator 3 times, and always said he could have taken a torpedo at any time. Anyone with more information on my dad or the SC 1473, please contact me.

I wrote you care of the Naval Institute press on April 12, after buying a copy of your book, so I may be repeating myself. My daughter just alerted me to the presence of this website, for which I offer my congratulations.
I thoroughly enjoyed your book, particularly the picture of the SC 1013, which also graces your website. I was delighted to learn she still exists. As I mentioned in my letter, I joined her as Third Officer in September 1943, became Executive Officer in December 1943 and Commanding Officer in August 1944, being detached in February 1945 to take command of the SC 722, then based in Cebu, Philippine Islands. I must regrettably correct the information on page 241 about the 1013 being involved with the U-505 after her capture and about her participating as a control vessel in the Normandy invasion. Aside from the fact that the 505 was captured June 4, 1944 and the invasion date was June 6, 1944, as Executive Officer I can assure you we were not involved in either of these operations. My skipper at the time, Earl Morgan, whom I saw referred to elsewhere in the Guestbook, can no doubt back me up on this.
Again, congratulations on your research. Question- how do I get the email address of other contributors to the guestbook?

There is no other duty that can compare to service on a subchaser. On completing Midshipman School at Northwestern in March of 1943, I was assigned to SCTC in Miami. Upon graduation, I was assigned to SC1326 as Gunnery Officer. After our shakedown cruise, we left Miami for Pearl Harbor
which was to be our Home Port. From there we did escort duty for ships all over the South Pacific periodically returning to Pearl where we would be assigned the monotonous duty of screening the harbor entrance. Our escort duty took us to many of the Pacific Islands as far south as Noumea New Caledonia.In May or June of 1944, we were sent to Kwajalein to join a convoy for the invasion of Guam which was to take place five days after the invasion of Saipan. This didn’t happen according to plan. Because of the heavy resistance the Marines experienced on Saipan, our convoy was held 100 miles or so off the coast of Saipan in case we would be needed there. After about three weeks, our convoy was sent to Eniwetok to await the proper time for the Guam invasion. The invasion of Guam occurred on July 21, l944. SC 1326 was used as a dispatch vessel stationed in Agat Bay about 200 yards of the beach where the Mrines were to land and about 200 yards South of Orote Peninsula that was a sheer cliff which rose about 200 feet above the water. We had no sooner assumed our station than the Japanese, holed up in caves in the cliff’s wall began firing mortars at us. We suffered a direct hit just aft of the 40mm gun and a near miss to port twenty or thirty feet abreast of the pilot house. We suffered four crewmen dead and four with wounds that required there removal to the Hospital Ship. After four days we left Guam with other crippled ships for Pearl to get much needed repairs. After several weeks, the majority of the crew was sent stateside and reassigned. I wound up on the Uss Tweedy DE 532 as First Lieutenant. This was nothing compared to the 'Family' I left on the SC1326.

Great site. Served aboard the SC 633. Already located one shipmate, hope to find others.
My memory is not as great as it was 55 or so years ago but I do remember it was a unusual assignment and
a often difficult ride. To ride out the big typhoons on an SC was an experience to say the least.

So very pleased to find this great site. Have been searching
for anything on subchasers. I served aboard the SC 506
(the Jackie) from 1942 til we turned her over to the French
at Marseille in 1945. Wondering if any of the crew are still around. Can contact me Tom Faulkner at . Put in an order for Splinter Fleet today.
Am very anxious to read it. Thanks for this site.

Great site, my father served aboard SC1363. I am doing research for him. We are trying to get his WWII diary published and other documents. To all who served....THANKS!

SC 1281 This is a great site; thanks for putting it together. My father, Robert P. Young, was on SC 1281 in WWII. It was commissioned around March 1943 in Elizabeth City, NC. It was decommissioned about November 1945 in California, stripped and salvaged according to a crew member (Miller) that was there. Parts from the SC 1281 were saved including the ship’s bell by that crew member. This SC was active in the Pacific and was at Okinawa and also went into Japan as the war ended. Some of the crew took a goodwill tour back to the States on different battleships while some stayed with the 1281 on to California. My father and “Pop” Janeske, his good friend, took the goodwill tour back to the States on the battleship California. My father has told me many stories about the war and his time on the 1281. I hope this information helps answer some questions others may have. If more information is needed, I can direct you to a crew member that has done considerable research.

can anyone help me get info on the USS SC513, my father served on that sc in ww2 south pacific. I know it was hit by a kamakaze pilot and the ship made it back to SAN DIEGO,CA, but I have no other info. thank you janet

My dad served on SC 183 in world war one, from the photos I have it looks like the men who served on her
formed a bond of friendship that outlasted the war

When my father passed away in 1965 I was alone in the funeral home when a man came in and stated I served with your dad
on Sc 183. We went to lunch and he related many experiences they faced both from the north atlantic and enemy subs.
They are all gone now but this web site will preseve the memories of thier efforts for future generations.

Very intertesting reading. My father (same name) served aboard SC-1353 (Harry J. Franck, Jr, Commanding) from April '44 to Sept '45. I have a very nice letter on ship’s stationary which in part reads, “while aboard this vessel {all seamen} did credibly serve and participate in the assault on Omaha Beach, France, from 6 June 1944 to 23 June 1944.”
A memo fit for Memorial Day.


I enjoyed reading “Splinter Fleet” and have begun to research my father’s WWII service. Bernard McKenna, Lt. USNR
served on YP 359, YP 356 and SC 1350. Like so many, he did not speak often of his experiences, but the vocabulary of your history brought a few of his expressions back to life
(Dad died in 1971)and I could well see him on deck and below as a proud and dedicated 90 day wonder. Your book, web site and suggestions will assist me in researching ships logs and muster rolls. I have a few photos (SC’s 1492, 1482, 1350, 1293, and PC 1257) which I will be happy to share all hands and would love to hear from anyone who served with my father. Thank you.

This is a great web page. My father, Chief Electrician’s Mate Morris Chisholm, served on SC 750 during the later years or months of the WW II. Recently, I started looking for information on subchasers, but I found just about nothing until I found this page. I’m very happy to see that the history of those ships has been preserved here and in the book on the Splinter Fleet.

If anyone knows the history of the SC 750 I would certainly be interested to hear it.

I noticed that a number of people posting on this site are looking for the name of the ship that a person served on. Certainly the Bureau of Naval Personnel would have that information, and the Freedom of Information Act might make the information available. Try the following link and click on “Freedom of Information Act.”

My father requested a copy of his records back in 1979, so I didn’t have to request the copy myself. Consequently, I can’t offer any further information on the process.

A document that contains the list of “vessels and stations served on” is titled “Notice of Separation from U.S. Naval Service.” Hopefully, the Freedom of Information Act will allow you to get that document.

I served aboard USS Glennon, DD840, in 1954, following a long tour of duty at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. I was DK2 and served under Lt. Weinstein; exec was LCDR Rush. Can’t remember Captain’s name. During the year I was aboard 840, we visited Northern Europe - British Isles, France, Baltic Sea including the 4 Scandinavian capitals (including Helsinki which was very much under Russian influence in those days), Kiel Canal in Germany.

My step-father, Ray (Harvey) Hunter served on a sub chaser in World War II. I’m so glad to have found your site. As I obtain more information on the ship he served on, etc., I’ll return to this message board to follow up.
Steve Thompson, California

My Dad Served on the SC657 from 1942 to the end of war Would be intrested in hearing from anyone who also sreved on this ship . I do have the Ships name plate and the ships Flag his name was also David Jewell.

I visited this site 2001-5-1 in order to support research for a fictional book I am writing about German prisoners of War in a Louisiana prison camp. The fictional inmates at the camp are from U-boats that are captured during the war. I thought I could use a couple of references from subchaser information. The site has been helpful in clarifying what specific role submarines played in World War II.

I am searching for anyone who was a crew member on the USS SC 716 during the time frame of January, 1943 to June 1943. I am searching for information on my brother, Lee Williamson, GM/3c who was reported as “died in service” on March 2, 1943 off Moorhead City, NC.

I served on the Subchaser SC1018 in ww11.My son found this website for me.What a relief to see we wern’t forgotten.Am trying to locate any remaining shipmates.They called me Pat,on the 1018.My full name is Paul A. Travis .Am looking for your book and would appreciate any info from ANYONE with PICTURES,INFORMATION,about the SC1018.

enjoyed your book, my father was skipper of the sc 775, i would be interested in any who served on her and info they may have, thanks

As one old sailor to another, I really enjoyed reading your book. It brought back many memories of my time spent on the
Liberty ships. I remember the times the subchaser would come alongside, begging for water.
Our skipper always had some to give. Thanks for the memories. My wife and I are friends of Andy and Gail.
recommended the book, and I am glad they did.

My grandfather;who was my adopted dad;was a welder
who helped construct subchasers in W.W.2.
And he told me of,the dark days of early 1942/43.He had
went on shake downs with them.Because of his stories,
I joined the USN.He made me PROUD OF YOU GUYS,and proud enough to serve in Vietnam,Twice.

Just finished Splinter Fleet. An exceptional book! We added it to our collection here at the Morgantown Public Library. I started a Navy Bull Session which meets once a month, and we have nearly forty guys who get together to shoot the breeze. I’m sure they’ll be interested in your book when we meet again April 30. We may even have a subchaser sailor in the group! We have a beautiful new riverfront park here, so if any surviving hull needs a good home....

I was guided to this website by my brother, Michael Johnson, who lives in Elko, NV. We are searching for the number of the Sub Chaser that my dad was on during WWII. My dad was very proud of his service aboard the Sub Chaser as well as the service to his country and the US Navy. He passed away in 1989 in Lompoc, California...As he said he always wanted a Navy funeral, the Navy dispatched a detail from Point Mugu NAS at Port Hueneme for his funeral. I would be greatful for any information on the SC number that my dad served on and anyone who mught have served with him, Thank You Vernon Johnson, 310 Almond Ln , Euless TX 76039

My dad served 18 mos aboad a subchaser in the Austrailia and New Guinea areas sometime between 1942 to 1945. He talked a lot about his service on her, but never told me its name or number. I would really like to know this as I am building a model of it in honor of him. His name was Vernon W. Johnson born March 10, 1923 and grew up in Bellflower, California. He was a Pharmacist Mate 1st Class when he seperated from the Navy in 1945. He passed away in 1989. Any information about this ship and or his service would be immensely appreciated. Thanks, Mike
Michael Johnson
537 14th St
Elko, Nevada 89801

My Dad served on a subchaser during the last months of the war in the Pacific. I believe it was SC 1281. This site has given me lots of information that my Dad did not have (details about the ships dimensions, GWT, etc.). I have checked the official Navy sites, but they seem devoid of any reference (on-line, at least) that would give me some of the significant dates in the life of 1281, such as commissioning and de-commissioning, and the final fate of the ship. Any suggestions for further searches? If I learn anything from my Dad that would be of general interest to the subchaser community, I’ll post it here. Great job with the site, and I think your book will be on my Christmas list for my Dad.

I served on board the SC1049 from 1944 to July 1945. It was the best duty that I ever had. I have fond memories of Joe Carreiro of San Diego and Newport, RI, and Somers from out west and Poncho from Los Angeles. I really would like to hear from anyone who served on the SC1049.
From Earle E. Flynn - E-mail:

If any one that has served on the S.C.1034 wishes to contact me, my E-Mail is

Great site! My father, Winfield Gunther, served on a sub chaser from Nov. 44 to the end of the war in the Pacific theater (I believe as a radioman). Am trying to find his papers, (got 'em here somewhere). When I do, I can post the info on the specific vessel. In the meantime, if anyone who remembers my dad reads this, I’d love to hear from them. Thanks.

This is GREAT.I was 17 years old when I came aboard the USS S.C.1034 at San Pedro,California About April 1944. I was told that they had just came down from Alaska. we were going to San Diago, Ca. to escort L.S.T.'s to Pearl Harbor. From there we went to the South Pacific to a lot of Islands that I can’t remember the names. We came to Pearl Harbor To be converted to a shalo water mine sweeper about a year later. Then headed for Okinawa, After the Island was secured we started sweeping the coast of Japan. We got a mine caught in our sweep gear and it caused one of our propeler shaft to break. WE went back to Okinawa for repairs. We were about to go back to Japan. when word came that Japan had surrendered. WE had a sister ship S.C.1036 that I remember. I think they had a monkey on their Ship. At one time I had a picture of it.WE had men on our ship from just about every State. IF ANY OF YOU SEE THIS, GIVE ME A CALL. Curly Adney GM2C

I’m sitting here reading T.R. Treadwell’s new book, “Splinter Fleet”.I commanded the PCS-1413 at the end of the war,from May 1946 to Sept. 1946, taking it back from San Francisco to the Washington, D.C. Naval Gun Factory for use by the Naval Research Lab. It was a great test of seamanship! Nice to know of this site.

comm sc l327 may l943 and decomm in 12-45 was on board over 2 l/2 years owner of the plank would be interested if there is anyone out there from the l327 or possibly remember operating with us? rate som 2nd class

Owner of the plank SCl327 comm Leesburg N.J. DeComm San
Francisco l2-45 Atlantic campaign Pacific campaign two and one half years at sea or more. Quite an experience many great stories to tell. Any on out there who was on the SC l327 add the numbers up and they come tol3 God Bless

My father, E. Lou Morse, served on SC727 and would enjoy hearing from any of his shipmates. Thank you for this informative web site.

SC1032 -- My father, Art Tellechea, served aboard SC1032 as a radioman. They were operating in the Alaskan Theatre of operation at the time. Approx late 1942 or 1943 time frame, I believe. Any one with any information on SC1032 or if you served on SC1032, let us know. Looking for some pictures.
V/R, J.P. Tellechea

My dad Harold H. Upton served on SC 744 and I enjoyed hearing many stories from him. Great site.

I served aboard SC 1349 as Sonarman . Would like to hear from any other crew members. We sure had some wild rides on that ship. It’s good to know that someone remembers the SPLINTER FLEET . Thanks for the web site for the memories it brings back.

Mr. Treadwell,
What a great web site! You and your son’s have done a great job. My Grandfather served on SC 287 in Panama during WWI. I have his photo album and diary. I am in the beggining stages of reaserching his naval service. I hope to put together a complete package and download it onto a CD. Anyone who needs info on WWI Sub Chasers or who would like to share information, please contact me.
Paul Holley

I served in the USS SC1001 as RM3 & RM2 from December 1943 until August 1945. Part of the Gulf Sea Frontier out of Key West, FL. Would like to contact any living member of the crew. Most especially RM2 Callahan of New York City Police Department. I have a copy of SPLINTER FLEET and cherish it. Am also a member of PCSA.

I have a negative of a picture of PT 162 and would like to donate it to a former crew member. It was taken during WW2 by a friend of mine, Bob Nelson, now deceased.

If anyone is interested I can be reached at:

Was on two SC’s the 536 and 1018, and would like more info
and anyone who was station with me.

SC 1068 exists and is meticulously maintained by Kent Halvorson in Ketchikan, Alaska. Does anyone have any knowledge of her WWII history or served aboard, or know someone who served. Please contact ,Bill Halloran,1445,Pond Reef Rd , Ketchikan, Alaska 99901 her

I would like to know all about the S C 1018 and if it is still around. I have a list of the crew and a little imfo. on it I was on two S C 536 and the 1018 from Charleston S. C. to the Picific and would to know more.

I would like to know about my old ship the S C 536 and the

Ted, great job on the book! It is easy and fascinating reading. Most of all, it leaves one with great
respect, admiration and gratitude to those ordinary human beings who gave of themselves against
all odds, so that we might enjoy the freedom we have today. You have captured ordinary
men doing their duty with heroic dedication. They are true patriots and heroes. Thanks for reminding
us of their sacrifices.

Great site always loved the 110' SC’s, grew up about three blocks from the Miami Training Center during WW II and also remember the PT Boat Base there. In my later years I had the chance to work for Burger Boat Company in Lantana Florida they built four SC’s during the WW II the numbers were #660,661,1059 and 1060. these boats were buit at Manitowoc, WI. in 1942 and 1943. In my high school years living in CA. San Fran. bay area I was a ship keeper aboard a WW II Chaser, until I joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1955. I can’t remember the Hull number but the new name was the MAKIARA and was owned by a Cliffton Web, what ever happened to the boat, I don’t know, but in 1955 it was in exelent shape. I have just recently started building a model of a WW II Chaser with a frind of mine in 1:16 scale, large but a lot of detail, I am going to purchace one your cutaways to get more detail. My plans are from a set of original blueprints from 1942 of a 600 class boat, from Burger Boat Company there faded a lot but still readable. well enough for now. keep up the great work on the site.

Warren M. Fordham
ENCM U.S. Coast Guard [Ret]

For a squid you did a very nice job. I think I’ll get your book. Say hello to Betty for me. John Tuozzolo

Preciate the info on chasers. Was aboard the 1355 at the close of WWII. One helluva vessel. Spent several hours at the wheel when caught in 65 foot seas. I was nineteen and all but a srewy skipper, motor mac below and a seasick 23 year veteran chief motormac at the controls were on their feet. Took two 65 Ft. rolls but she came back. Helluva feeling to be standing on the bulhead holding on to the wheel. When the motormac asked me if I was scared the stupid came out in me and I said “hell no, been on rides worse than this at Coney Island” whereupon the old salt flake out and as he did he replied that I was a “damn, dumb Yankee”. Whatever I stood the test and to me it was a high moment in my life. Henry Gibat

Hi Ted, A great read. Half way through, but just had to tell you how much I’m enjoying. I hope review copies have been sent to the main stream press. We had a great christmas here. Thinking about you and the rest of the gang.Will send you a longer post soon. Best Wishes Sandy

I maintain a shipwreck database of Alaska shipwrecks and got a request today about SC-419. Apparently it was sold to an Alfred J. Lowengrund in Kodiak, Alaska in 1927. Anybody know any great ways to track down facts on this vessel other than looking in Merchant Vessels of the U.S.?


Mike Burwell

Excellent job! My dad was on SC1308 in the Atlantic and English channel. I wish this site would have been available when he was alive.

He often spoke of his ship and the events during his tour, especially D-Day. I plan to visit Maryland next summer and search out the deck log.

To all of those brave men who risked all for our country, I say thanks!