Lawrence Randall Daspit, USN

Born  18 Oct 1905Houma, Louisiana

Ranks

  Lt.Cdr.

Decorations

1943 Navy Cross (1)

Warship Commands listed for Lawrence Randall Daspit, USN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
USS Shark (i) (174)Submarine25 Mar 194117 Apr 1941
USS Tinosa (283)Lt.Cdr.Submarine15 Jan 194316 Dec 1943

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Submarine USS Tinosa (283)


16 Apr 1943
With her trials and initial training completed USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. L.R. Daspit) arrived at Pearl Harbor.

3 May 1943
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. L.R. Daspit) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol east of Kyushu, Japan.

10 Jun 1943 (position 31.14, 132.44)
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. L.R. Daspit) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese fleet oiler Iro (14050 GRT, offsite link) about 30 nautical miles off Fuka Island, Kyushu, Japan in position 31°14'N, 132°44'E. Tinosa is damaged in by depth charges during enemy counterattacks but she is able to remain on patrol.

19 Jun 1943
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. L.R. Daspit) ended her 1st war patrol at Midway.

9 Jul 1943
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. L.R. Daspit) departed from Midway for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Caroline Islands area.

15 Jul 1943 (position 10.16, 151.27)
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. L.R. Daspit) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese armed merchant cruiser Aikoku Maru (10437 GRT, built 1941, offsite link) north of Truk in position 10°16'N, 151°27'E.

24 Jul 1943 (position 6.56, 147.52)
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. L.R. Daspit) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese oiler Tonan Maru No.3 (19210 GRT) west of Truk in position 06°56'N, 147°52'E.

Tinosa fired no fewer than 15 torpedoes, of which 10 hit but only two exploded ! 8 were duds....the ship was heavily damaged but limped into Truk. It illustrated the unreliability of the American torpedoes, and efforts were redoubled to fix the faulty exploder mechanism after the Tinosa captain filed his report on the incident. He could see the Japanese crew running around the decks pointing at the torpedoes before they hit, but a loud thud was the only result time after time.

4 Aug 1943
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. L.R. Daspit) ended her 2nd war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

23 Sep 1943
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. L.R. Daspit) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 3rd war patrol. Once again she was ordered to patrol in the Caroline Islands area.

25 Sep 1943
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. L.R. Daspit) topped up with fuel at Johnston Island.

6 Oct 1943 (position 10.30, 148.20)
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. L.R. Daspit) torpedoed and sank the Japanese fleet tanker Kazahaya (18300 GRT) North-West of Truk in position 10°30'N, 148°20'E. The Kazahaya was torpedoed and damaged earlier that day by Tinosa's sister ship USS Steelhead.

16 Oct 1943
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. L.R. Daspit) ended her 3rd war patrol at Midway.

27 Oct 1943
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. L.R. Daspit) departed from Midway for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Palau / Truk shipping lanes.

22 Nov 1943 (position 7.09, 134.32)
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. L.R. Daspit) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ships Kiso Maru (4070 GRT) and Yamato Maru (4379 GRT) off Palau in position 07°09'N, 134°32'E.

Tinosa is damaged by depth charges in position 07°09'N, 134°34'E but is able to continue her patrol.

26 Nov 1943 (position 7.08, 134.48)
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. L.R. Daspit) torpedoed and sank the Japanese sank Japanese army cargo ship Shini Maru (3811 GRT) and torpedoed and damaged the Japanese army cargo ship Taiyu Maru (1873 GRT) south of Babelthuap in position 07°08'N, 134°48'E.

3 Dec 1943 (position 6.34, 131.35)
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. L.R. Daspit) torpedoed and sank the Japanese fleet tanker Azuma Maru (6646 GRT) north-west of Sonserol in position 06°34'N, 131°35'E.

16 Dec 1943
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. L.R. Daspit) ended her 4th war patrol at Fremantle, Australia.


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