Allied Warships

Cod (SS-224)

Submarine of the Gato class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassGato 
Pennant224 
Built byElectric Boat Co. (Groton, Connecticut, U.S.A.) 
Ordered9 Sep 1940 
Laid down21 Jul 1942 
Launched21 Mar 1943 
Commissioned21 Jun 1943 
End service22 Jun 1946 
History

Operating from Australian ports during World War II, Cod received a battle star for each of her seven war patrols, and sank nearly 27,000 tons of Japanese shipping, including the destroyer Karukaya. As a participant in Project 3, Cod carried a Navy cameraman aboard during her last war patrol. The resulting color film footage included a desperate attempt to rescue the Dutch submarine O-19 which grounded on Ladd Reef. When towing attempts failed, Cod took the Dutch crew aboard and destroyed O-19 with explosive charges, torpedoes and gunfire. Other film highlights include sinking enemy vessels and the recovery of a lost boarding party that became stranded aboard a junk for two days when Cod was forced to submerge by attacking enemy aircraft.

Decommissioned 22 June 1946 at New London, Connecticut and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, New London.
Reclassified as Auxiliary Submarine AGSS-224 on 1 December 1962.
Reclassified as Miscellaneous Unclassified Submarine IXSS-224 on 30 June 1971.
Struck from the Naval Register on 15 December 1971.
USS Cod was placed on permanent display as a National Historical Memorial at Cleveland, Ohio on 25 January 1975.

For more on this ship see this website (offsite link)

 

Commands listed for USS Cod (224)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. James Charles Dempsey, USN22 Oct 194315 Jun 1944
2James Alvin Adkins, USN15 Jun 194420 Jun 1945
3Lt Cmdr Edwin Monroe Westbrook, Jr., USN20 Jun 194513 Aug 1945

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23 Aug 1943
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dempsey, USN) departed New London, Connecticut for the Panama Canal Zone.

2 Oct 1943
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. James Charles Dempsey) arrived at Brisbane, Australia.

22 Oct 1943
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dempsey) departed from base for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.

16 Dec 1943
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dempsey) ended her 1st war patrol at Fremantle.

11 Jan 1944
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dempsey) departed from Fremantle for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.

16 Feb 1944
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dempsey) sank a Japanese sampan with gunfire in the South China Sea in position 12°38'N, 117°33'E.

23 Feb 1944
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dempsey) torpedoed and sank the Japanese fleet tanker Ogura Maru No.3 (7358 GRT) off Halmahera in position 04°23'N, 129°05'E.

27 Feb 1944
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dempsey) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Taisoku Maru (2473 GRT) west of Halmahera in position 02°00'S, 127°40'E.

13 Mar 1944
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dempsey) ended her 2nd war patrol at Fremantle.

6 Apr 1944
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dempsey) departed from Fremantle for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Sulu and South China Sea.

10 May 1944
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dempsey) torpedoed and sank the Japanese torpedo boat Karukaya and the Japanese troop transport Shohei Maru (7255 GRT) in the South China Sea about 150 nautical miles north-west of Manila in position 15°38'N, 119°32'E.

1 Jun 1944
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dempsey) ended her 3rd war patrol at Fremantle.

3 Jul 1944
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dempsey) departed from Fremantle for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Netherlands East Indies.

3 Aug 1944
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. James Alvin Adkins) torpedoed and sank the Japanese auxiliary net layer Seiko Maru (708 GRT) off Mangole, in the Molucca Sea in position 01°47'S, 126°15'E.

10 Aug 1944
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Adkins) torpedoed and sank the Japanese auxiliary submarine chaser Toseki Maru (89 GRT) south of Celebes in position 05°15'S, 121°14'E.

11 Aug 1944
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Adkins) torpedoed and sank the Japanese sank Japanese merchant Shinsei Maru No.6 (260 GRT) south of Celebes in position 05°38'S, 120°37'E.

13 Aug 1944
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Adkins) attacked the Japanese landing ship T-129 in the Banda Sea in position 05°28'S, 125°08'E, but is driven off by the enemy amphibious ship's accurate return fire.

14 Aug 1944
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Adkins) finally sank (see 13 August 1944) the Japanese landing ship T-129 (887 tons) in the Banda Sea, about 40 nautical miles south of Boeroe Island and 80 nautical miles south-west of Ambon Bay in position 04°17'S, 126°46'E.

25 Aug 1944
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Adkins) ended her 4th war patrol at Fremantle.

18 Sep 1944
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Adkins) departed from Fremantle for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Philippines

5 Oct 1944
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Adkins) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Tatsuhiro Maru (6886 GRT) in the South China Sea west of Mindoro, Philippines in position 13°06'N, 120°15'E.

7 Oct 1944
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Adkins) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese fleet oiler Shiretoko (14050 GRT, offsite link) in the South China Sea, west of Mindoro, Philippines in position 13°40'N, 119°25'E.

20 Nov 1944
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Adkins) ended her 5th war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She is sent to the Mare Islands Navy Yard for an overhaul.

7 Mar 1945
With her overhaul completed USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Adkins) returns to Pearl Harbor.

24 Mar 1945
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Adkins) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the East China Sea.

24 Apr 1945
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Adkins) torpedoed and sank the Japanese minesweeper W-41 (492 tons, offsite link) north of Keelung, Formosa in position 26°10'N, 121°30'E.

28 Apr 1945
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Adkins) suffers a fire in the after torpedo room. She is able to continue her patrol.

29 May 1945
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Adkins) ended her 6th war patrol when she returns to Guam.

26 Jun 1945
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Adkins) departed from Guam for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Gulf of Siam and along the coast of Indo-China.

8 Jul 1945
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. Edwin M. Westbrook, Jr.) rescues the crew of the Dutch submarine HrMs O 19 that had been stranded on Ladd Reef, in South China Sea, about 300 nautical miles north-west of Brunei Bay in position 08°40'N, 111°40'E. after two days and several attempts to tow the O 19 free of the reef the O 19 is scuttled on the 10th by scuttling charges, torpedoed and finished off with gunfire.

13 Jul 1945
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. E.M. Westbrook, Jr.) lands her Dutch passengers at Subic Bay, Philippines and resumed her patrol.

21 Jul 1945
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. E.M. Westbrook, Jr.) sank a Japanese sampan with gunfire in the South China Sea off the east coast of Malaya in position 05°22'N, 103°16'E.

25 Jul 1945
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. E.M. Westbrook, Jr.) sank a Japanese sampan with gunfire in the South China Sea off the east coast of Malaya in position 05°08'N, 103°35'E.

26 Jul 1945
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. E.M. Westbrook, Jr.) sank 2 Japanese sampans with gunfire in the South China Sea off the east coast of Malaya in position 04°32'N, 103°33'E.

27 Jul 1945
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. E.M. Westbrook, Jr.) sank 3 small Japanese vessels with gunfire in the South China Sea off the east coast of Malaya in position 05°18'N, 103°16'E, and one Japanese sampan in position 05°18'N, 103°39'E.

29 Jul 1945
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. E.M. Westbrook, Jr.) sank 7 small Japanese vessels with gunfire in the South China Sea off the east coast of Malaya in position 04°29'N, 103°34'E.

30 Jul 1945
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. E.M. Westbrook, Jr.) sank a small Japanese vessel with gunfire in the South China Sea off the east coast of Malaya in position 04°43'N, 103°31'E. Later that day she sank another one in position 04°35'N, 103°31'E.

31 Jul 1945
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. E.M. Westbrook, Jr.) sank 6 small Japanese vessels with gunfire in the South China Sea off the east coast of Malaya in position 04°30'N, 103°30'E.

1 Aug 1945
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. E.M. Westbrook, Jr.) sank a small Japanese vessel with gunfire in the South China Sea off the east coast of Malaya in position 04°21'N, 103°22'E.

13 Aug 1945
USS Cod (Lt.Cdr. E.M. Westbrook, Jr.) ended her 7th war patrol at Fremantle, Australia.

Media links


U. S. Submarines in World War II

Kimmett, Larry and Regis, Margaret


U.S. Submarines Through 1945

Friedman, Norman


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