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Beeville (PC-617)


A city in southern Texas located about 50 miles north northwest of Corpus Christi. It is the seat of government for Bee County.

(PC-617: displacement 280; length 173'8"; beam 23'0"; draft 10'10"; speed 20.5 knots.; complement 65; armament 2 3-inch, 2 20 millimeter, 2 depth charge projectors, 2 depth charge tracks; class PC-542)

PC-617 was laid down on 29 April 1942 at Neponset, Mass., by George Lawley & Son, Inc.; launched on July 1942; and commissioned at the Boston [Mass.] Navy Yard on 28 August 1942, Lt. Carl M. Fellows,  D-V(G), USNR, in command.

PC-617 served in the Atlantic and European theaters during World War II, receiving one battle star for her participation in the invasion of Normandy (6--25 June 1944). See PC-617 (q.v.) for complete history.

PC-617 was placed out of commission, in reserve, on 16 August 1946 and assigned to the Atlantic Reserve Fleet in the St. John's River. Named Beeville on 15 February 1956, she was stricken from the Navy List on 5 September 1957, never having seen active service under that name. Ultimately, Beeville was sold for scrap to Ships & Power, Inc., Miami, Fla., on 5 August 1958.

Timothy L. Francis

Updated, Robert J. Cressman

27 October 2021

Published: Wed Oct 27 23:14:47 EDT 2021