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

USS Wahoo (SS-238)

Bowfin Park

 

—Pearl Harbor —

 
USS Wahoo (SS-238) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 12, 2008
1. USS Wahoo (SS-238) Marker
Inscription.
CDR D.W. Morton, USN Commanding Officer; Launched 14 February 1942; Lost at sea 11 October 1943.

If one submarine could be said to embody the spirit and pride of the U.S. Submarine Force, it would probably be Wahoo. Certainly the enemy convoy’s unfortunate enough to encounter her would agree that she contributed more than her share to the war effort. They often reported being attacked by more than one submarine, a fact that earned Wahoo the nickname “The one-submarine wolf pack.” Her brash young commanding officer, Commander Dudley W. “Mush” Morton, was the epitome of the warrior-submariner; daring, tenacious and aggressive. He and Wahoo’s fighting crew ravaged the Pacific, sinking at least 20 enemy ships totaling over 60,000 tons in just over a year. Wahoo inspired the submarine force with a swashbuckling style that included lively radio messages, “down the throat” torpedo shots, and brooms lashed to her periscope to signify a clean sweep of enemy shipping. In the war in the Pacific, few ships achieved a more legendary status. On 2 December 1943, the U.S. Submarine force was dealt a shocking blow when it was reported that Wahoo, having departed Midway Island on 13 September to commence her seventh war patrol against the enemy, was overdue and presumed lost. She is believed to have been
USS Wahoo (SS-238) Marker is one of the markers in the photo image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 12, 2008
2. USS Wahoo (SS-238) Marker is one of the markers in the photo
sunk on 11 October by a combination of air, land and sea anti-submarine force is La Perouse Strait, north of Hokkaido.
 
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 Swordfish (SS-193) (here, next to this marker); USS Tang (SS-306) (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 14, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 199 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 14, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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