Allied Warships

Gar (SS-206)

Submarine of the Gar class


USS Gar as modified during the war

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassGar 
Pennant206 
Built byElectric Boat Co. (Groton, Connecticut, U.S.A.) 
Ordered15 Jun 1939 
Laid down27 Dec 1939 
Launched7 Nov 1940 
Commissioned14 Apr 1941 
End service 
History

Decommissioned 11 December 1945.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet.
Served as Naval Reserve Training vessel assigned to the 4th Naval District at Cleveland, Ohio. from 28 November 1948.
Stricken 29 May 1959.
Sold 18 November 1959 and broken up for scrap.

 

Commands listed for USS Gar (206)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Donald McGregor, USN14 Apr 1941Nov 1942
2Philip Decatur Quirk, USNNov 194230 Jul 1943
3Lt.Cdr. George William Lautrup, Jr., USN30 Jul 194310 Jul 1944
4Lt.Cdr. Maurice Ferrara, USN19 Jul 194431 Dec 1944
5Murray Bennett Frazee, USN31 Dec 19447 Aug 1945
6Philip Frederick Eckert, USN7 Aug 194511 Dec 1945

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Noteable events involving Gar include:


2 Feb 1942
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. Donald McGregor) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Japanese home waters.

13 Mar 1942
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. D. McGregor) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant Chichibu Maru (1520 GRT) about 10 nautical miles south-west of Mikura Jima, south of Tokyo Bay, Japan in position 33°53'N, 139°29'E.

28 Mar 1942
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. D. McGregor) ended her 1st war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

19 Apr 1942
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. D. McGregor) departed Pearl Harbor for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Marshall Islands.

8 Jun 1942
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. D. McGregor) ended her 2nd war patrol at Fremantle, Australia.

3 Jul 1942
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. D. McGregor) departed Fremantle for her 3th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea and the Gulf of Siam.

21 Aug 1942
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. D. McGregor) ended her 3th war patrol at Fremantle.

17 Sep 1942
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. D. McGregor) departed Fremantle for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea and the Gulf of Siam. Also so was ordered to lay mines in the entrances to Bangkok.

20 Oct 1942
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. D. McGregor) lays 32 mines in the approaches to Bangkok.

7 Nov 1942
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. D. McGregor) ended her 4th war patrol at Fremantle.

28 Nov 1942
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. Philip Decatur Quirk) departed Fremantle for her 5th war patrol.

8 Dec 1942
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. P.D. Quirk) sank the Japanese transport ship Heinan Maru (661 GRT) with gunfire in the Makassar Strait in position 00°52'N, 118°54'E.

9 Jan 1943
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. P.D. Quirk) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese fleet tanker Notoro (14050 GRT, offsite link) in Makassar Strait in position 01°46'N, 119°01'E.

19 Jan 1943
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. P.D. Quirk) ended her 5th war patrol at Fremantle.

9 Feb 1943
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. P.D. Quirk) departed Fremantle for her 6th war patrol.

2 Apr 1943
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. P.D. Quirk) ended her 6th war patrol at Fremantle.

23 Apr 1943
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. P.D. Quirk) departed Fremantle for her 7th war patrol.

6 May 1943
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. P.D. Quirk) torpedoed and sank the Japanese coaster Kotoku Maru (164 GRT) off Tarakan, Borneo, Netherlands East Indies in position 03°14'N, 117°58'E.

7 May 1943
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. P.D. Quirk) sank a sampan with gunfire in the Celebes Sea in position 04°19'N, 118°53'E.

8 May 1943
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. P.D. Quirk) sank a sampan with gunfire west of Mindanao Island, Philippines in position 07°45'N, 122°02'E.

9 May 1943
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. P.D. Quirk) torpedoed and sank the Japanese auxiliary gunboat Aso Maru (703 GRT) south-east of Cagayan Island in position 09°09'N, 122°50'E.

15 May 1943
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. P.D. Quirk) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport ships Meikai Maru (3197 GRT) and Indus Maru (4361 GRT) between Dumali Point, Mindoro and Marinduque Island, Philippines in position 13°07'N, 121°49'E.

19 May 1943
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. P.D. Quirk) damaged the Japanese guard boat Asuka Maru (37 GRT) with gunfire in Makassar Strait in position 01°02'N, 119°08'E. The Japanese ship caught fire and finally sinks.

20 May 1943
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. P.D. Quirk) sank a Sampan with gunfire.

27 May 1943
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. P.D. Quirk) ended her 7th war patrol at Fremantle.

18 Jun 1943
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. P.D. Quirk) departed Fremantle for her 8th war patrol.

1 Jul 1943
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. P.D. Quirk) lands commandoes on south coast of Timor, Netherlands East Indies.

23 Jul 1943
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. P.D. Quirk) ended her 8th war patrol at Fremantle.

8 Aug 1943
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. George William Lautrup, Jr.) departed Fremantle for her 9th war patrol.

20 Aug 1943
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Lautrup, Jr) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Seizan Maru (995 GRT) in the Makassar Strait in position 01°00'N, 119°00'E.

13 Sep 1943
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Lautrup, Jr) ended her 9th war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She was ordered to the Mare Island Navy Yard for an overhaul.

16 Dec 1943
with her overhaul completed USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Lautrup, Jr) departed Pearl Harbor for her 10th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Palau.

20 Jan 1944
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Lautrup, Jr) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport ship Koyu Maru (5324 GRT) about 50 nautical miles south-south-west of Palau in position 06°40'N, 134°17'E.

23 Jan 1944
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Lautrup, Jr) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Taian Maru (3670 GRT) about 75 nautical miles south of Palau in position 05°45'N, 134°45'E.

9 Feb 1944
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Lautrup, Jr) ended her 10th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

3 Mar 1944
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Lautrup, Jr) departed Pearl Harbor for her 11th war patrol. She was ordered to perform lifeguard duty off Palau.

21 Apr 1944
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Lautrup, Jr) ended her 11th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

20 May 1944
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Lautrup, Jr) departed Pearl Harbor for her 12th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Bonin Islands.

5 Jul 1944
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Lautrup, Jr) ended her 12th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

14 Aug 1944
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. Maurice Ferrara) departed Pearl Harbor for her 13th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Yap performing lifeguard duties.

9 Oct 1944
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. M. Ferrara) ended her 13th war patrol at Brisbane, Australia.

3 Nov 1944
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. M. Ferrara) left Brisbane for her 14th war patrol. She was ordered to land men and supplies on Luzon, Philippines.

23 Nov 1944
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. M. Ferrara) landed 16 men and 25 tons of supplies at Santiago Cove, Luzon, Philippines.

30 Nov 1944
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. M. Ferrara) ended her 14th war patrol at Mios Woendi, New Guinea.

4 Dec 1944
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. M. Ferrara) departed Mios Woendi for her 15th and final war patrol. Once again she was ordered to land supplies on Luzon, Philippines.

11 Dec 1944
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. M. Ferrara) landed 35 tons of supplies near Duriagaos Inlet on the west coast of Luzon, Philippines. She took onboard very important intelligence documents with orders to take these to Pearl Harbor.

27 Dec 1944
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. M. Ferrara) ended her 15th and last war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She was now assigned to training duties.

Media links


U. S. Submarines in World War II

Kimmett, Larry and Regis, Margaret


U.S. Submarines Through 1945

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