Allied Warships

Parche (SS-384)

Submarine of the Balao class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassBalao 
Pennant384 
Built byPortsmouth Navy Yard (Kittery, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered8 Jun 1942 
Laid down9 Apr 1943 
Launched24 Jul 1943 
Commissioned20 Nov 1943 
End service 1969 
History

Decommissioned 11 December 1946.
Served as a Naval Reserve Training ship at Oakland California from March 1947 until 1969.
Stricken 8 November 1969.
Sold 18 June 1970 to be broken up for scrap.

 

Commands listed for USS Parche (384)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. Lawson Paterson Ramage, USN20 Nov 194311 Dec 1944
2Lt.Cdr. Woodrow Wilson McCrory, USN11 Dec 194428 Jul 1945

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Noteable events involving Parche include:


6 Mar 1944
With her trials and initial training completed USS Parche (Lt.Cdr. L.P. Ramage) arrived at Pearl Harbor.

29 Mar 1944
USS Parche (Lt.Cdr. L.P. Ramage) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Luzon Strait.

4 May 1944
USS Parche (Lt.Cdr. L.P. Ramage) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ships Shoryu Maru (6475 GRT) and Taiyoku Maru (5244 GRT) west of Luzon Strait in position 20°48'N, 118°03'E.

23 May 1944
USS Parche (Lt.Cdr. L.P. Ramage) ended her 1st war patrol at Midway.

17 Jun 1944
USS Parche (Cdr. L.P. Ramage) departed from Midway for her 2nd war patrol. Once again she was ordered to patrol in Luzon Strait.

24 Jun 1944
USS Parche (Cdr. L.P. Ramage) sank a Japanese guard boat with gunfire in the North Pacific Ocean in position 30°14'N, 152°33'E.

29 Jul 1944
While operating near the Bashi Channel off the north-west coast of Luzon USS Parche (Cdr. L.P. Ramage) torpedoed and sank the Japanese Army cargo ship Manko Maru (4471 GRT) in position 19°08'N, 120°51'E, the Japanese merchant tanker Koei Maru (10238 GRT) in position 19°00'N, 122°55'E, and torpedoed and damaged the Japanese merchant tanker Ogura Maru No.1 (7270 GRT) in position 19°10'N, 120°58'E, and the Japanese army cargo ship Fuso Maru (8195 GRT). Parche also teams up with USS Steelhead to sink the Japanese army cargo ship Yoshino Maru (8990 GRT) in position 19°05'N, 120°50'E.

5 Aug 1944
USS Parche (Cdr. L.P. Ramage) called at Saipan. She departed from bound for Pearl Harbor the next day.

16 Aug 1944
USS Parche (Cdr. L.P. Ramage) ended her 2nd war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

10 Sep 1944
USS Parche (Cdr. L.P. Ramage) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Philippines and in Luzon Strait.

2 Dec 1944
USS Parche (Cdr. L.P. Ramage) ended her 3rd war patrol at Midway.

11 Dec 1944
Lt.Cdr. W.W. McCrory takes over command from Cdr. L.P. Ramage.

30 Dec 1944
USS Parche (Lt.Cdr. W.W. McCrory) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Ryukyu Islands.

7 Feb 1945
USS Parche (Lt.Cdr. W.W. McCrory) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Okinoyama Maru (984 GRT) off the Ryukyu Islands in position 29°09'N, 129°45'E.

20 Feb 1945
USS Parche (Lt.Cdr. W.W. McCrory) ended her 4th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

19 Mar 1945
USS Parche (Lt.Cdr. W.W. McCrory) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Japanese home waters east of Honshu and Hokkaido.

9 Apr 1945
USS Parche (Lt.Cdr. W.W. McCrory) torpedoed and sank the Japanese minesweeper W 3 (615 tons, offsite link) northeast of Sendai, Honshu, Japan in position 39°07'N, 141°57'E.

11 Apr 1945
USS Parche (Lt.Cdr. W.W. McCrory) torpedoed and sank the Japanese auxiliary minesweeper Togo Maru (302 GRT) off Todogasaki, Honshu, Japan in position 38°53'N, 142°05'E.

13 Apr 1945
While operating near Todogasaki, USS Parche (Lt.Cdr. W.W. McCrory) sank the Japanese auxiliary minesweeper Misago Maru No.1 (265 GRT) with gunfire in position 38°36'N, 141°41'E and the Japanese guard boat Kosho Maru (302 GRT) also with gunfire in position 38°27'N, 142°13'E.

30 Apr 1945
USS Parche (Lt.Cdr. W.W. McCrory) ended her 5th war patrol at Midway.

25 May 1945
USS Parche (Lt.Cdr. W.W. McCrory) departed from Midway for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol south and east of Honshu, Japan.

21 Jun 1945
USS Parche (Lt.Cdr. W.W. McCrory) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Hizen Maru (947 GRT) off the east coast of Honshu, Japan in position 41°19'N, 141°28'E.

22 Jun 1945
USS Parche (Lt.Cdr. W.W. McCrory) sank two small Japanese vessels with gunfire off Tsugaru Strait in position 42°10'N, 140°56'E.

23 Jun 1945
USS Parche (Lt.Cdr. W.W. McCrory) sank three small Japanese fishing vessels with gunfire off Tsugaru Strait in position 41°54'N, 142°58'E.

26 Jun 1945
USS Parche (Lt.Cdr. W.W. McCrory) torpedoed and sank the Japanese auxiliary gunboat Kamitsu Maru (2721 GRT) and the Japanese merchant cargo ship Eikan Maru (6903 GRT) about 7 nautical miles from Todozaki, Honshu, Japan in position 39°25'N, 142°04'E.

28 Jul 1945
USS Parche (Lt.Cdr. W.W. McCrory) ended her 6th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

Media links


U. S. Submarines in World War II

Kimmett, Larry and Regis, Margaret


U.S. Submarines Through 1945

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