Allied Warships

USS PC-596 (PC-596)

Patrol craft of the PC-461 class

NavyThe US Navy
TypePatrol craft
Built byCommercial Iron Works (Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.) 
Ordered20 Sep 1941 
Laid down18 Apr 1942 
Launched8 Aug 1942 
Commissioned23 Jan 1943 
End service 

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 11 November 1946


Commands listed for USS PC-596 (PC-596)

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and that we only list Commanding Officers for the duration of the Second World War.

1Milford McQuilkin, USNR23 Jan 1943Early 1943
2Lt. Paul Litchfield Callan, USNREarly 1943Mid 1943
3Lt. Robert Edgar Blackwell, USNRMid 1943Late 1943
4F P Mulligan, USNRLate 1943Ear/mid44
5William E Norris, USNREar/mid44Mid/late44
6Arthur B Parker, Jr., USNRMid/late447 Jan 1945
7H H Cather, USNR7 Jan 194523 May 1945
8Lt. John C Bigham, Jr., USNR23 May 1945Late 1945

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Notable events involving PC-596 include:

17 Nov 1943
Around 1315VW/17, USS Sailfish (T/Lt.Cdr. R.E.M. Ward, USN) and USS Gunnel (T/Cdr. J.S. McCain, Jr., USN) both leave Pearl Harbor for their 10th and 3rd war patrols resepctively. They were both ordered to patrol in Japanese home waters south of Honshu. Before proceeding to their patrol areas they were to top off with fuel and water at Midway. They were escorted until around 1915VW/17 by USS PC-596 (Lt. R.E. Blackwell, USNR). The submarines parted company around 2100VW/17 to proceed to Midway independently. (1)

7 Jul 1945
USS Devilfish (T/Lt.Cdr. S.S. Mann, Jr., USN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Guam. At 0405K/7, she had made rendezvous with USS PC-596 (Lt. J.C. Bigham, Jr., USNR) which then escorted her into Apra Harbour arriving around 0730K/7.

At Guam, USS Devilfish was taken in hand for a post patrol overhaul by USS Fulton (T/Capt. A.R. St. Angelo, USN).


  1. Patrol report of USS Sailfish for her 10th war patrol + Patrol report of USS Gunnel for her 3rd war patrol

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