Allied Warships

USS PC-485 (PC-485)

Patrol craft of the PC-461 class

NavyThe US Navy
TypePatrol craft
Built byConsolidated Shipbuilding Corp. (Morris Heights, New York, U.S.A.) 
Ordered26 Dec 1940 
Laid down1 May 1941 
Launched20 Dec 1941 
Commissioned23 Apr 1942 
End service 

Transferred to South Korea in January 1952 being renamed Han Ra San
Han Ra San was sunk at Guam by a typhoon in November 1962


Commands listed for USS PC-485 (PC-485)

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1Lt.(jg) Perry L. Moellenbrock, USNR23 Apr 1942Feb 1943
2Lt.(jg) George B. Gross, USNRFeb 1943Late 1943
3Walter C Sands, USNRLate 1943Mid/late44
4W H Curtiss, USNRMid/late44Mid 1945
5Lt. John D. Swan, USNRMid 1945Late 1945

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Notable events involving PC-485 include:

9 Jul 1944
USS Swordfish (Lt.Cdr. K.E. Montross, USN) ended her 12th war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She was escorted in by USS PC 485 (Lt. W.C. Sands, USNR). On the 11th Swordfish then went into refit at the Navy Yard there. Refit was completed in early October.

9 Jul 1944
Around 1330VW/9, USS Sailfish (T/Cdr. R.E.M. Ward, USN), USS Greenling (T/Cdr. J.D. Gerwick, USN) and USS Billfish (T/Cdr. V.C. Turner, USN) departed from Pearl Harbor for their 11th, 10th and 5th war patrols respectively. They were ordered to patrol in Luzon Strait. They were first to proceed to Midway where they were to top off with fuel and water before proceeding to their patrol area. On their departure from Pearl Harbour they were escorted until dark on 9 July by USS PC 485 (Lt. W.C. Sands, USNR). (1)

20 Jun 1945
USS Blackfin (Lt.Cdr. W.L. Kitch, USN) ended her 4th war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She was escorted in by USS PC-485 (Lt. J.D. Swan, USNR).

25 Aug 1945
USS Balao (Lt.Cdr. R.K. Worthington, USN) ended her 10th war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She was escorted in by USS PC-485.

27 Aug 1945
Around 1015W/27, USS Billfish (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Farley, Jr., USNR), USS Dragonet (T/Lt.Cdr G.G. Hinman, USN) and USS Macabi (T/Cdr. A.H. Dropp, USN) arrived at Pearl Harbour ending their 8th, 3rd and 1st war patrols.

They had been joined around 0520W/27, by USS PC-485 (Lt. J.D. Swan, USNR) which escorted them in.


  1. Patrol report of USS Sailfish for her 11th war patrol + Patrol report of USS Greenling for her 10th war patrol + Patrol report of USS Billfish for her 5th war patrol

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