USS PGM-17-gunboat.jpg
History
United States
Name: USS PC-1189
Builder:
Laid down: 10 August 1943
Launched: 14 April 1944
Renamed: USS PGM-17, 16 August 1944
Commissioned: 24 November 1944
Decommissioned: 2 July 1945
Honors and
awards:
1 battle star for Battle of Okinawa
Fate: grounded, May 1945; salvaged, sunk in deep water, October 1945
General characteristics
Class and type: PC-461-class submarine chaser
Reclassified: PGM-9-class gunboat, 16 August 1944
Displacement: 280 tons (light), 450 tons (full)
Length: 173 feet, 8 inches
Beam: 23 feet
Draft: 10 feet, 10 inches
Propulsion: two 2,560bhp Hooven-Owen-Rentschler RB-99 DA diesel engines, Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts
Speed: 20 knots
Complement: 65
Armament:

USS PGM-17 was a PGM-9-class motor gunboat built for the United States Navy during World War II. She was laid down and launched as USS PC-1189, a PC-461-class submarine chaser, but was renamed and reclassified before her November 1944 commissioning. She ran aground near Okinawa in May 1945. She was salvaged a month later, but was never repaired. She was towed to deep water and sunk in October 1945.

Career

PC-1189 was laid down on 10 August 1943 and launched 14 April 1944. She was renamed and reclassified PGM-17, a PGM-9 gunboat on 16 August 1944.[1] She was commissioned as USS PGM-17 on 24 November 1944 and assigned to the Pacific theater.[1] USS PGM-17 participated in the assault and occupation of Okinawa between 25 March and 4 May 1945 before striking a reef. She was salvaged and towed to Zamami Shima, Kerama Retta and beached at Agana Ura.[1] She was decommissioned on 2 June 1945. USS PGM-17 was disposed of by sinking off the coast of Kerama Retta in October 1945.[1][2]

Service

After her commission, PGM-17 was sent to the Pacific theater and was involved in the Battle of Okinawa. During the first days of the battle, PGM-17 spotted and destroyed several Japanese mines with small arms fire.[1] On the first day of the ground invasion of Okinawa, on 1 April 1945, PGM-17 shot down a Japanese Aicha "Val" dive bomber.[1] PGM-17 spent the month of April and the beginning of May scouting and destroying mines, offering assistance to disabled and damaged ships, running supplies, and fending off kamikaze attacks.[1]

On 4 May 1945, USS PGM-17 ran aground an uncharted coral reef off the coast of Kouri Jima.[1] A salvage tug arrived a few hours later and prepared to tow the ship. At first, the hull had no damage, but as high waves caused PGM-17 to relentlessly bash into the reef, it became clear that salvaging the ship was unlikely. On 5 May, the captain, Lieutenant Edwin L. Williams Jr. ordered all hands to abandon ship.[1] The salvage attempt was abandoned due to rough waters. On 7 May 1945, salvage ship USS Deliver (AR-23) began salvaging PGM-17. Deliver spent five days pumping water off PGM-17 and patching the hull. However, Deliver was called off to assist USS Hugh W. Hadley (DD-774) which had been struck by three kamikaze aircraft. It wasn't until two weeks later that LCI-738 began salvaging PGM-17 on 27 May 1945. After almost two weeks of salvage work, PGM-17 was finally pulled off the reef on 9 June 1945, spending over a month stranded on the reef.[1] Despite heavy kamikaze attacks throughout the region, PMG-17 managed to go the entire time without taking enemy fire.[1]

On 9 June 1945, USS PGM-17 was towed to the Agono Urn Cove on Zamami Shima where she was grounded on shallow water.[1][3] On 2 July, she was decommissioned and left until October 1945 when she was towed out to deep waters and sunk.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Motor Gunboat / Patrol Gunboat Photo Archive: PGM-17, retrieved 2008-12-18
  2. ^ a b USS PGM-17 (PGM-17), retrieved 2008-12-18
  3. ^ Casualties: U.S. Navy and Coast Guard Vessels, Sunk or Damaged Beyond Repair during World War II, 7 December 1941 – 1 October 1945, retrieved 2008-12-18