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Honolulu in Honolulu County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
 

USS Swordfish (SS-193)

Bowfin Park

 

—Pearl Harbor —

 
USS Swordfish (SS-193) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 12, 2008
1. USS Swordfish (SS-193) Marker
Inscription.
CDR K.E. Montross, USN, Commanding Officer; Launched 1 April 1939; Lost at sea, January 1945.

Less than two weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Swordfish sank her first ship. So began the career of a submarine that not only sank many more Japanese vessels before the war’s end but also proved the usefulness of submarines in a variety of wartime operations. In addition to carrying out her routine offensive war patrols, Swordfish conducted close-range reconnaissance photography and evacuated military and civilian personnel from dangerous areas. During one such mission, she transported the Philippines President and his family, along with several other high ranking government and army officials, to safety. Swordfish earned the Navy unit commendation for three of her patrols, as well as eight battle stars. However, her thirteenth patrol proved to be unlucky. Swordfish set out from Pearl Harbor on 22 December 1944 on a special mission. She was to photograph the beaches and defense installations of the Japanese stronghold on Okinawa in order to prepare for the allied invasion of that island. Swordfish never returned from the patrol. The exact cause of her loss remains unknown. The submarine Kete reported hearing prolonged depth charging in Swordfish’s area on 12 January 1945, and Japanese records obtained after the
USS Swordfish (SS-193) Marker among the markers in the photo image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 12, 2008
2. USS Swordfish (SS-193) Marker among the markers in the photo
war revealed that the waters off Okinawa were heavily mined. Eighty-nine valiant men perished with Swordfish.
 
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 Seawolf (SS-197) (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 IIWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 13, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 248 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 13, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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