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Thursday, March 15, 2012

USS SALMON (SS-182) [THE BEST OF THE BEST]

The Salmon had to have been one of Electric Boat’s finest.  Not only did she survive depth-charges attacks that disabled her torpedo tubes and forced her to the surface, but her crew fought four enemy escorts with a deck gun and small arms.



They were just inside 100 miles from the Island of Kyushu, the largest southern island of Japan, hoping to catch straggling remains of the Japanese Fleet after its defeat in the Battle of Leyte Gulf. In the middle of the night (about 0330, 30 November 1944) the Quartermaster was awoke from a sound sleep. Star time? The crew had to fix the ship’s position with the stars, sun, and moon.


This was one boat that got beat to hell...and survived