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Manitowoc in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

U.S.S. Robalo (SS 273)

 
 
U.S.S. Robalo (SS 273) Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 28, 2016
1. U.S.S. Robalo (SS 273) Marker
Inscription.

Keel Laid 24 October 1942
Launched 9 May 1943
Commissioned 28 September 1943

On 8 January 1944 the U.S.S. Robalo began her first patrol west of the Philippines. During her first 2 patrols, she earned the Asiatic-Pacific Area Service [sic – Campaign] Medal and 2 Battle Stars and was credited with sinking 1 vessel. The Robalo left Fremantle, Australia, on 22 June 1944 on her third and last patrol. She was sunk on 26 July 1944. It is believed that an enemy mine caused the sinking. Seventy-seven brave submariners perished in the Robalo. One officer and 3 enlisted men survived the sinking and swam to shore where they were captured by Military Police. On 15 August 1944 the Robalo survivors were put aboard a Japanese destroyer and were never heard from again. Fifty-two American submarines were lost during World War II. The U.S. Submarine Veterans of World War II have assigned one of these lost submarines to each state. (Two were assigned to both California and New York.) The U.S.S. Robalo was designated the North Dakota state boat.

Robalo Commissioning Crew
[Not transcribed]

 
Erected by Veterans and Concerned Citizens.
 
Marker series. This
U.S.S. Robalo (SS 273) Crew image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 28, 2016
2. U.S.S. Robalo (SS 273) Crew
marker is included in the Still On Patrol marker series.
 
Location. 44° 5.553′ N, 87° 39.329′ W. Marker is in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, in Manitowoc County. Click for map. Marker is part of The Manitowoc Company 28 Boat Memorial Walk, adjacent to the submarine USS Cobia, at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 75 Maritime Drive, Manitowoc WI 54220, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. U.S.S. Peto (SS 265) (here, next to this marker); U.S.S. Pogy (SS 266) (here, next to this marker); U.S.S. Pompon (SS 267) (here, next to this marker); U.S.S. Puffer (SS 268) (here, next to this marker); U.S.S. Rasher (SS 269) (here, next to this marker); U.S.S. Raton (SS 270) (here, next to this marker); U.S.S. Ray (SS 271) (here, next to this marker); U.S.S. Redfin (SS 272) (here, next to this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Manitowoc.
 
Also see . . .
1. USS Robalo (SS 273). (Submitted on October 13, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Robalo (SS-273). (Submitted on October 13, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. USS Robalo (SS 273) - On Eternal Patrol. (Submitted on October 16, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. DisastersPatriots & PatriotismWar, World IIWaterways & Vessels
 
Manitowoc Submarines Memorial Markers at USS <i>Cobia</i> image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
3. Manitowoc Submarines Memorial Markers at USS Cobia
The Manitowoc Company 28 Boat Memorial Walk image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
4. The Manitowoc Company 28 Boat Memorial Walk
In honor of the men and women
of the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company
who constructed the 28 freshwater
submarines during World War II.
The Manitowoc Company 28 Boat Memorial Walk image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
5. The Manitowoc Company 28 Boat Memorial Walk
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 110 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   4, 5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on October 16, 2016.
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