Honolulu in Honolulu County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
USS Seawolf (SS-197)
—Pearl Harbor —
LCDR A.M. Bontier, USN, Commanding Officer; Launched 15 August 1939; Lost at Sea, 3 October 1944.
Beginning with her first patrol just hours after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, a daring submarine embarked on a career that made the name “Seawolf” one of the most recognized in the history of undersea warfare. Over the next three years, Seawolf completed 14 patrols, covering practically all of the known pacific shipping routes. That she executed 56 torpedo attacks and escaped destruction throughout them all is testament to the courage and superb seamanship of her crew. Boldly tracking her targets into treacherous waters, Seawolf launched fearless attacks on heavily-escorted convoys and vital enemy vessels. Her persistence and skill led to the sinking of over 100,000 tons of enemy shipping and earned Seawolf two navy unit commendations and 13 battle stars. The enemy could not destroy her, but a tragic twist of fate did. On 3 October 1944, delivering supplies and army personnel on her fifteenth war patrol, Seawolf ran into heavy seas that slowed down her passage by one day. A U.S. destroyer, not having received word of Seawolf’s delay, launched a lethal depth charge attack on what she believed to be an enemy submarine. In an unfortunate case of mistaken identity, Seawolf’s career was ended abruptly, as where
Marker series. This marker is included in the Still On Patrol marker series.
Location. 21° 22.098′ N, 157° 56.346′ W. Marker is in Honolulu, Hawaii, in Honolulu County. Marker is on Arizona Memorial Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Honolulu HI 96818, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. USS Swordfish (SS-193) (here, next to this marker); USS Tang (SS-306) (here, next to this marker); USS Wahoo (SS-238) (here, next to this marker); Mark 37 Electric Torpedo (within shouting distance of this marker); Mark 14 Steam-Driven Torpedo (within shouting distance of this marker); Lost Submarine Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S.S. Bowfin (SS287) (within shouting distance of this marker); Kaiten (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Honolulu.
Categories. • War, World II • Waterways & Vessels •
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