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Caption: USS Wasp (OV-18), USS Yorktown (CV-10), US Hornet (CV-12), and USS Hancock (CV-19) in "Murderer's Row," Ulithi Atoll 2 December 1944

(PC-1142: dp. 295 ; l. 174'; b. 23'; dr. 8'; s. 20 k.; cpl. 65; a. 1 3", 1 40mm., 3 20mm., 2 rkt, 4 dcp., 2 dct.)

A city in Kings County, Calif.

PC-1142 was laid down by the Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, Mich., 31 March 1943 ; launched 20 August; and commissioned 3 June 1944, Lt. (j.g.) Francis A. Mulhern in command.

After shakedown off Florida, PC-1142 was assigned to the Naval Training Center, Miami, operating there for 2 months. She sailed 22 September to escort a convoy to Cuba, then for the next 10 months continued escort and patrol duty between Florida and Cuba. PC-1142 departed Key West 22 June 1945 en route to the Pacific, arriving San Diego 10 July.

Two weeks later she steamed for Hawaii; then after a brief stay at Pear Harbor arrived Eniwetok 24 August. For the rest of the year PC-1142 performed patrol and escort operations in the Western Pacific. On 7 January 1946 she arrived Ponape, Caroline Islands, for assignment as a station ship. She continued these services out of Ponape and Eniwetok until 24 May when she was taken in tow by APL-44. PC-1142 arrived San Diego 30 July, remaining there for the next three months. In late October she sailed to Astoria, Oreg., and decommissioned at Vancouver, Wash.

While berthed with the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, PC-1142 was named Hanford 15 February 1956. She was loaned to the Republic of China under the Military Assistance Program in July 1957, and now serves the Chinese Navy as Pei Chang (PC-122).


Published: Thu Apr 03 17:04:30 EDT 2014