Ralph Marion Metcalf, USN

Born  22 Jun 1913Greenfield, Greene County, Illinois, USA
Died  16 Jul 2008(95)Los Gatos, Santa Clara County, California, USA


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Ranks

6 Jun 1938 Lt.(j.g.)
1 Aug 1941 Lt.
1 May 1943 T/Lt.Cdr.
1 Mar 1944 T/Cdr.

Decorations

Feb/Mar 44 Navy Cross (1)
Apr/May 44 Navy Cross (1)

Warship Commands listed for Ralph Marion Metcalf, USN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
USS Pogy (266)T/Lt.Cdr.Submarine8 Nov 194320 Jun 1944
USS Loggerhead (374)T/Cdr.Submarine9 Feb 194523 Aug 1945
USS Greenfish (351)T/Cdr.Submarine7 Jun 19469 Nov 1946

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Events related to this officer

Submarine USS Pogy (266)


25 Nov 1943
USS Pogy (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Metcalf) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 4th war patrol. Once again she was ordered to patrol off the Palau's.

7 Dec 1943 (position 14.03, 152.20)
USS Pogy (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Metcalf) torpedoed and sank the Japanese collier Soyo Maru (6081 GRT) north of Truk in position 14°03'N, 152°20'E.

13 Dec 1943 (position 7.06, 134.30)
USS Pogy (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Metcalf) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese army cargo ship Fukkai Maru (3829 GRT) off the Palau Islands in position 07°06'N, 134°30'E. Pogy is damaged by depth charges and forced to terminate her patrol.

22 Dec 1943
USS Pogy (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Metcalf) ended her 4th war patrol at Midway.

5 Feb 1944
USS Pogy (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Metcalf) departed from Midway for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Formosa.

10 Feb 1944 (position 23.12, 121.30)
USS Pogy (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Metcalf) torpedoed and sank the Japanese destroyer Minekaze (1350 tons, offsite link) and the Japanese merchant cargo ship Malta Maru (5499 GRT) about 85 nautical miles north-north-east of Formosa in position 23°12'N, 121°30'E.

20 Feb 1944 (position 24.12, 123.20)
USS Pogy (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Metcalf) torpedoed and sank the Japanese cable layer Nanyo Maru (3614 GRT) about 100 nautical miles east of Formosa in position 24°12'N, 123°20'E, and the Japanese merchant cargo ship Taijin Maru (5154 GRT) north-east of Formosa in position 24°14'N, 123°17'E.

23 Feb 1944 (position 26.20, 126.11)
While attacking a Japanese convoy some 60 miles west of Okinawa USS Pogy (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Metcalf) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Horei Maru (5588 GRT) in position 26°20'N, 126°11'E and torpedoed and damaged the Japanese merchant tanker Teikon Maru (5113 GRT) in position 26°22'N, 126°16'E.

24 Feb 1944
USS Pogy (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Metcalf) bombards a phosphate plant on Rasa Island.

8 Mar 1944
USS Pogy (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Metcalf) ended her very successful 5th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

7 Apr 1944
USS Pogy (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Metcalf) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol south-east of Japan.

28 Apr 1944 (position 32.07, 133.03)
USS Pogy (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Metcalf) torpedoed and sank the Japanese submarine I-183 (1630 tons, offsite link) about 30 nautical miles south of Cape Ashizuri, Japan in position 32°07'N, 133°03'E.

5 May 1944 (position 33.27, 135.32)
USS Pogy (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Metcalf) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Shirane Maru (2825 GRT) off Shionomisaki, Honshu, Japan in position 33°27'N, 135°32'E.

13 May 1944 (position 34.31, 138.33)
USS Pogy (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Metcalf) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Awe Maru (4532 GRT) off Suruga Bay, Honshu, Japan in position 34°31'N, 138°33'E.

16 May 1944 (position 33.56, 139.50)
USS Pogy (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Metcalf) sank a Japanese sampan with gunfire south of Honshu, Japan in position 33°56'N, 139°50'E.

20 May 1944 (position 31.21, 140.03)
USS Pogy (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Metcalf) sank a Japanese sampan with gunfire south of Honshu, Japan in position 31°21'N, 140°03'E.

29 May 1944
USS Pogy (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Metcalf) ended her 6th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

1 Jun 1944
USS Pogy departed from Pearl Harbor bound for the Hunters Point Navy Yard for a major overhaul.

8 Jun 1944
USS Pogy arrived at the Hunters Point Navy Yard.


Submarine USS Loggerhead (374)


12 Mar 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Loggerhead (Cdr. R.N. Metcalf, USN) departed New Orleans, Louisiana for the Panama Canal Zone.

17 Mar 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Loggerhead (Cdr. R.N. Metcalf, USN) arrived in the Panama Canal Zone.

8 Apr 1945
With her trials and initial training completed USS Loggerhead (Cdr. R.N. Metcalf) arrived at Pearl Harbor.

8 Apr 1945 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Loggerhead (Cdr. R.N. Metcalf, USN) departed the Panama Canal Zone for Pearl Harbour.

15 May 1945
USS Loggerhead (Cdr. R.N. Metcalf) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.

19 Jul 1945
USS Loggerhead (Cdr. R.N. Metcalf) ended her 1st war patrol at Fremantle, Australia.

13 Aug 1945
USS Loggerhead (Cdr. R.N. Metcalf) departed from Fremantle for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Gulf of Siam.

22 Aug 1945
USS Loggerhead (Cdr. R.N. Metcalf) ended her 2nd war patrol at Subic Bay, Philippines.


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