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  PT-157 "Aces and Eights / Old Pickle Puss"
USN
80' Elco

56 Tons
80' x 20' 8" x 5'
1 x 40mm
4 x 21" Torpedoes
2 x Twin 50 cal MG
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USN c1943

Ship History
Built by Electric Boat Company (Elco) in Bayonne, NJ. Laid down August 21, 1942. Launched November 4, 1942. Completed November 20, 1942.

Wartime History
Assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 9 (MTBS 9) to Lieutenant William "Bud" Liebenow. During 1943, this PT Boat operated from Rendova in the Solomon Islands. Nicknamed "Aces and Eights" with the nose art of a hand of cards below the "157".

Wartime History
On August 1, 1943 at 4:00pm PT-157 commanded by William "Bud" Liebenow departed Rendova as one of fifteen PT-Boats on an overnight patrol in the Kolombangara area overnight. PT-157 patrolled with PT-109, PT-159 and PT-162 forming Division B.

Afterwards, PT-157 commanded by Lt, William "Bud" Liebenow coordinated the rescue of the crew of PT-109 from Nauro Island to Rendova.

Next, this PT Boat operated from Dreger Harbor (Dregerhaffen), Mios Woendi, Morotai, Zamboanga and Tawi Tawi. Later nicknamed "Old Pickle Puss".

Sinking History
On November 27, 1945 taken out of service at Samar and scuttled. Officially stricken from the register on November 28, 1845.

References
At Close Quarters PT Boats in the United States Navy pages 118-120, 130, 133, 460
Navy Source PT-157 (photos)
AP "WWII Navy officer who helped rescue Kennedy dies at age 97" February 27, 2017

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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