Allied Warships

Grouper (SS-214)

Submarine of the Gato class


USS Grouper during the war

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassGato 
Pennant214 
Built byElectric Boat Co. (Groton, Connecticut, U.S.A.) 
Ordered12 Jun 1940 
Laid down28 Dec 1940 
Launched27 Oct 1941 
Commissioned12 Feb 1942 
End service2 Dec 1968 
History

Converted to Hunter-Killer Submarine Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California from 5 March 1950 to 2 January 1951 and redesignated SSK-214 upon completion.
Reclassified as Auxiliary Submarine AGSS-214 on 17 May 1958.
Decommissioned and stricken 2 December 1968.
Sold 11 August 1970 to be broken up for scrap.

 

Commands listed for USS Grouper (214)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Clarence Emmett Duke, USN12 Feb 194230 Jul 1942
2Lt.Cdr. Rob Roy McGregor, USN1 Aug 194218 Mar 1943
3Lt.Cdr. Martin Perry Hottel, USN12 Apr 194312 Nov 1943
4Frederick Henry Wahlig, USN12 Nov 19431 May 1945

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Noteable events involving Grouper include:


30 Mar 1942
USS Grouper (Lt.Cdr. C.E. Duke) left New London for Pearl Harbor. After arriving at Pearl Harbor Grouper was ordered to take part in the Defence of Midway.

8 Jun 1942
With the Battle of Midway over, USS Grouper (Lt.Cdr. C.E. Duke) docked at Midway to take on provisions and fuel. She left Midway for her 1st war patrol on 12 June.

25 Jun 1942
USS Grouper (Lt.Cdr. C.E. Duke) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese oiler Tonan Maru No.3 (19209 GRT) east of the Bonin Islands in position 28°46'N, 136°36'E.

30 Jul 1942
USS Grouper (Lt.Cdr. C.E. Duke) ended her 1st war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

28 Aug 1942
USS Grouper (Lt.Cdr. R.R. McGregor) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the East China Sea.

21 Sep 1942
USS Grouper (Lt.Cdr. R.R. McGregor) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant Tone Maru (4070 GRT) in the East China Sea, east of Shanghai, China in position 31°18'N, 123°27'E.

1 Oct 1942
USS Grouper (Lt.Cdr. R.R. McGregor) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Lisbon Maru (7053 GRT) about 20 nautical miles north of Chushan Island, China in position 29°57'N, 122°56'E.

9 Oct 1942
USS Grouper (Lt.Cdr. R.R. McGregor) ended her 2nd war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

12 Nov 1942
USS Grouper (Lt.Cdr. R.R. McGregor) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Solomon Islands area.

17 Dec 1942
USS Grouper (Lt.Cdr. R.R. McGregor) torpedoed and sank the Japanese passenger-cargo ship Bandoeng Maru (4003 GRT) about 15 nautical miles northwest of Cape Henpan, Buka Island, Solomon Islands in position 04°54'S, 154°17'E.

31 Dec 1942
USS Grouper (Lt.Cdr. R.R. McGregor) ended her 3rd war patrol at Brisbane, Australia.

21 Jan 1943
USS Grouper (Lt.Cdr. R.R. McGregor) departed from Brisbane for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Solomon Islands / New Britain area.

18 Mar 1943
USS Grouper (Lt.Cdr. R.R. McGregor) ended her 4th war patrol at Brisbane. Under the command of Lt.Cdr. M.P. Hottel, Grouper carried out three patrols with no results before returning to Pearl Harbor. She was sent to San Francisco for an overhaul where she arrived on 19 October 1943.

5 Jan 1944
With her overhaul completed USS Grouper (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Wahlig) returned to Pearl Harbor.

24 Jun 1944
During her 9th war patrol USS Grouper (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Wahlig) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport ship Kumanosan Maru (2857 GRT) and the Japanese tanker Nanmei Maru No.6 (834 GRT) south of Yokosuka, Japan in position 34°45'N, 139°30'E.

Media links


U. S. Submarines in World War II

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U.S. Submarines Through 1945

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