USS PGM-17-gunboat.jpg
Sister ship, PGM-17
United States
BuilderLeathem D. Smith Shipbuilding Co.
Laid down14 August 1944
Launched14 October 1944
Commissioned9 February 1945
In service1945
Out of service1947
FateSold, October 1947
General characteristics
TypePGM-9 Class Motor Gunboat
Displacement280 tons(light) 450 tons(full)
Length173 feet, 8 inches
Beam23 feet
Draft10 feet, 10 inches
PropulsionTwo 1,280bhp Hooven-Owen-Rentschler RB-99 DA diesel engines
Speed19 knots
Complement65 Officers and Enlisted
Aircraft carriednone
Aviation facilitiesnone

USS PGM-32 was a PGM-9-class motor gunboat in service with the United States Navy during the end of World War II, and briefly post-war.


PGM-32 was laid down on 14 August 1944, as PC-1568 by the Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding Co.. Two days later on 16 August, she was reclassified as Motor Gunboat, and renamed PGM-32. On 14 October 1944, she was launched, and was commissioned on 9 February 1945, with LTJG G. A. Oberle, USNR, in command.[2]

On 2 September 1945, PGM-32 was present in Tokyo Bay for the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri.[2]

In 1946, she participated in Operation Crossroads,the U.S. nuclear testing at Bikini Atoll. PGM-32 would survive the blasts.

Ship's fate

PGM-32 was transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission on 27 October 1947 and subsequently sold. Her fate is unknown.


  1. ^ "HyperWar: USS PGM-32". Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  2. ^ a b "PGM-32". Retrieved 2016-05-11.

External links

  • NavSource- U.S.S. PGM-32
  • Hyperwar, PGM-32