John Ward Reed, USN

Born  10 Oct 1914Wilkinsburg, PA, USA
Died  26 Apr 2011(96)Virginia Beach, VA, USA

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Mar/Apr 45 Navy Cross (1)

Warship Commands listed for John Ward Reed, USN

USS S-41 (146)Submarine7 Oct 1943July 1944
USS Sunfish (281)Cdr.Submarine6 Mar 19451 May 1945

Career information

Born in Wilkinsburg, PA, 10 Oct 1914. Enlisted US Navy after graduation from High School. 1932 Seaman Recruit aboard USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) Presidential appoint United States Naval Academy (Class of 1938).

Commissioned Ensign 02 June 1938 Detailed Heavy Cruiser USS Northampton (CA-26) 01 Jul 39 - 01 Nov 40.

Entered Submarine School, 01 Nov 40. Executive Officer on S-45 (SS-156) 31 Mar 43 - 30 Apr 43. Commanding Officer of S-41 (SS-146) 07 Oct 43 - 01 Jul 44* Executive Officer on USS Seadragon (SS-194) 07 Aug 44 - 11 Feb 45

Commanding Officer of USS Sunfish (SS-281) 06 Mar 45 - 01 May 45* Date in question.

Events related to this officer

Submarine USS Sunfish (281)

31 Mar 1945
USS Sunfish (Cdr. J.W. Reed) departed from Guam for her 11th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Honshu and Hokkaido in Japanese home waters.

16 Apr 1945 (position 39.36, 142.05)
USS Sunfish (Cdr. J.W. Reed) torpedoed and sank the Japanese corvette Kaibokan 73 (745 tons, built 1945) and the Japanese troop transport Manryu Maru (1630 GRT, former Norwegian Bordvik, offsite link) off Yamado harbour, Honshu, Japan in position 39°36'N, 142°05'E.

19 Apr 1945 (position 42.22, 142.16)
While operating off Shizunai, Hokkaido, Japan USS Sunfish (Cdr. J.W. Reed) torpedoed and sank the Japanese sinking auxiliary gunboat Kaiho Maru (1093 GRT) in position 42°22'N, 142°16'E, and the Japanese merchant cargo ship Taisei Maru (1948 GRT) in position 42°22'N, 142°13'E.

28 Apr 1945
USS Sunfish (Cdr. J.W. Reed) ended her 11th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

30 Apr 1945
USS Sunfish departed from Pearl Harbor bound for the Mare Island Navy Yard where she is to receive a major overhaul.

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