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  PT-187 "Eight Ball"
USN
80' Elco

20' 8" x 5'
56 Tons
1 x 60mm mortar
1 x 37mm gun
1 x 20mm AA
4 x 21" torpedoes
2 x 50 cal MG
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USN c1945

Wartime History
Built by Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ.

Wartime History
On February 18, 1943 assigned to MTB Squadron 12. On May 10, 1943 transfered to MTB Squadron 6.

On the morning of November 3, 1943 Commander Henry Farrow arrived with eight PT-Boats including PT-187 to setup a base on Puruata Island, this base was also known as Torokina PT Boat Base due to its proximity to Torokina.

On November 29, 1943 under the command of Lt. Commander LeRoy Taylor with two LCI gunboats covered the evacuation of 700 US Marines who were trapped by superior forces a few miles south of Cape Torokina.

During the night of December 18-19, 1943 PT-124 and PT-187 were damaged by a bomb, but were repaired by the next night.

On May 29, 1944 transfered to MTB Squadron 9. Nicknamed "Eight Ball" with a billiards eight ball for the number "8" painted onto the bridge.

On June 26, 1945 under the command of Lt(jg) Richard M. Dicke with PT-160 made a successful diversionary close range strafing of Beluran town in Labuk Bay while an Australian scouting party landed at nearby Samarang Point. The next morning, the pair made another strafing run 50 yards from shore, suffering a man killed by a rifle bullet and others wounded by shrapnel.

During 1945, operated from Zamboanga and Tawi Tawi. There, PT-187 acquired monkey named "Eight Ball" that became the boat's mascot.

On November 24, 1945 placed out of service in the Philippines. Afterwards, stripped for usable parts then scuttled.

References
At Close Quarters PT Boats in the United States Navy pages 141, 435, 457, 460, 462, 562

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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