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  USS PGM-7 (USS SC-1072)
SC-497 Class Sub Chaser
PGM-1 Motor Gunboat

95 Tons
110' 10" x 23' x 10' 10"
1 x 3" gun
1 x 40mm
6 x 20mm
8 x 50 cal (4x2)
1 x 60mm mortar

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USN January 7, 1944

Ship History
Built by the Mathis Yacht Building Company in Camden, New Jersey. Laid down March 10, 1943. Launched June 17, 1943. Commissioned on June 28, 1943. Designated USS SC-1072 for use as a submarine chaser.

During the end of 1943, converted to a motor gunboat at South Coast Company, Newport Beach, California. Reclassified as Motor Gunboat and re-designated PGM-7 on December 10, 1943.

Wartime History
On January 1, 1944 moored at Terminal Island off San Pedro. Departed January 23 with PGM-1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8 with USS Armadillo (IX-111) for Pearl Harbor arriving February 1. On February 12 departed for Palmyra with PGM 1, 3, 5 and 8 arriving three days later. Then to Pago Pago arriving February 20.


On July 18, 1944 at 05:43 while at sea off Torokina this vessel was accidentally rammed by USS PGM-4 which impacted the engine room on the port side and began taking on water. Damaged, PGM-7 was towned to the Treasury Islands for temporary repairs.

As of August 31, 1944 moored off Carter City at the Small Craft Repair Base on Florida Island (Nggela Sule). At the time a gasoline generator was used to provide power for the ship. At the time, the officers were living aboard the ship and the enlisted men were stationed ashore.

The ultimate fate of this vessel is unknown. Possibly, it was sunk, scrapped or otherwise abandoned in the Solomons.

Many published accounts state PGM-7 sank July 18, 1944 into the Bismarck Sea
Naval History & Heritage Command "USS PGM-7, 1943-1944. Originally SC-1072"
Navy Source PGM-7 ex-SC-1072
Deck Log for PGM-7 via Howard La Favre January 1 - August 31, 1944 [PDF]
Howard F. La Favre - Navy Service on PGM-7 and PGM-3 - World War II

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Last Updated
August 4, 2020


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