Allied Warships

Tautog (SS-199)

Submarine of the Tambor class


USS Tautog as modified during the war

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassTambor 
Pennant199 
Built byElectric Boat Co. (Groton, Connecticut, U.S.A.) 
Ordered2 Aug 1938 
Laid down1 Mar 1939 
Launched27 Jan 1940 
Commissioned3 Jul 1940 
End service 
History

Decommissioned, 8 December 1945.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet.
Assigned to the Naval Reserve Training Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 9 May 1947 till 1959.
Stricken 11 September 1959.
Sold 15 November 1959 to be broken up for scrap.

 

Commands listed for USS Tautog (199)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Joseph Harris Willingham, Jr., USN3 Jul 194028 Nov 1942
2Lt.Cdr. William Bernard Sieglaff, USN28 Nov 19428 Apr 1944
3T/Cdr. Thomas Slack Baskett, USN8 Apr 194410 Feb 1945
4Alfred Henry Higgs, USN10 Feb 19458 Dec 1945

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Notable events involving Tautog include:


26 Dec 1941
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr. Joseph Harris Willingham) leaves Pearl Harbor for her first war patrol, and was to patrol off the Marshall Islands.

4 Feb 1942
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr. J. H. Willingham) returns to Pearl Harbor after conducting her first war patrol. She was sent to the Mare Island Navy yard for a refit.

9 Apr 1942
Her refit completed, USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr. J. H. Willingham) leaves the Mare Island Navy Yard and heads for Pearl Harbor.

24 Apr 1942
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr. J. H. Willingham) leaves Pearl Harbor for her second war patrol. Once again she was ordered to patrol in the Marshall Islands area. Shortly after arriving in her assigned patrol area she was ordered to patrol off Truk to intercept ships returning from the Battle of the Coral Sea.

17 May 1942
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr. J. H. Willingham) torpedoed and sank the Japanese submarine I-28 (offsite link) south of Truk in position 06°30'N, 152°00'E.

22 May 1942
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr. J. H. Willingham) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese merchant ship Sanko Maru (5461 GRT) south-west of Truk in position 07°00'N, 151°00'E.

25 May 1942
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr. J. H. Willingham) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant ship Shoka Maru (4467 GRT) about 385 nautical miles south-west of Ulithi, Caroline Islands in position 04°07'N, 143°32'E.

11 Jun 1942
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr. J. H. Willingham) ended her second war patrol at Fremantle, Australia.

17 Jul 1942
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr. J. H. Willingham) leaves Fremantle, Australia on her third war patrol. She was to patrol off Indo-China.

6 Aug 1942
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr. J. H. Willingham) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Ohio Maru (5873 GRT) in the South China Sea about 250 miles east-north-east of Cam Ranh Bay, French Indochina in position 13°51'N, 113°15'E.

10 Sep 1942
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr. Joseph Harris Willingham) returns from her third war patrol, and is refitted at Albany, Australia.

8 Oct 1942
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr. J. H. Willingham) leaves Australia for her fourth war patrol. Once again she was to patrol off Indo-China. She also embarked mines.

20 Oct 1942
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr. J. H. Willingham) sank the Japanese fishing vessel Nanshin Maru (33 GRT) with gunfire in the Sulu Sea in position 06°59'N, 119°20'E.

2 Nov 1942
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr. J. H. Willingham) laid a minefield off Haiphong, Indochina.

21 Nov 1942
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr. J. H. Willingham) returned to Fremantle, Australia.

28 Nov 1942
Lt Cmdr William Bernard Sieglaff relieves Lt Cmdr Joseph Harris Willingham as Commanding Officer of USS Tautog.

30 Nov 1942
The Vichy-French merchant Canton (1581 GRT) sank off Cape Padaran, Indo-China in position 11°10'N, 108°47'E. The mine was laid on 2 November 1942 by the US submarine USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr. J. H. Willingham).

15 Dec 1942
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr W.B. Sieglaff) leaves Fremantle for her fifth war patrol. She is to patrol in the Java Sea.

25 Dec 1942
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr W.B. Sieglaff) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport ship Banshu Maru No.2 (998 GRT) about 15 nautical miles north of Dili, Timor in position 08°40'S, 124°30'E.

9 Jan 1943
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr W.B. Sieglaff) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese light cruiser Natori (offsite link) 18 nautical miles south-east off Ambon in position 04°07'S, 128°32'E.

22 Jan 1943
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr W.B. Sieglaff) torpedoed and sank the Japanese passenger ship Hasshu Maru (1873 GRT) five miles east of Salier Strait, off the southern tip of Celebes in position 05°40'S, 120°30'E.

30 Jan 1943
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr W.B. Sieglaff) arrived back at Fremantle, Australia.

24 Feb 1943
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr W.B. Sieglaff) Leaves Fremantle for her sixth was patrol. She was to patrol in the Makassar Strait.

9 Apr 1943
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr W.B. Sieglaff) torpedoed and sank the Japanese destroyer Isonami (offsite link) and the Japanese transport ship Penang Maru (5214 GRT) in the Celebes Sea in position 05°31'S, 123°09'E.

19 Apr 1943
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr W.B. Sieglaff) returns to Fremantle.

7 May 1943
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.B. de Meester, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Fremantle together with USS Tautog (Cdr. W.B. Sieglaff, USN) and USS Tambor (Lt.Cdr. R. Kefauver, USN). (1)

11 May 1943
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr W.B. Sieglaff) leaved Fremantle for her seventh war patrol. She is to patrol in the Flores / Celebes sea.

6 Jun 1943
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr W.B. Sieglaff) sank the Japanese transport Shinei Maru (970 GRT) off Basalin Strait in position 07°00'N, 123°37'E.

20 Jun 1943
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr W.B. Sieglaff) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Meiten Maru (4474 GRT) west of the Mariana Islands in position 15°57'N, 140°55'E.

2 Jul 1943
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr W.B. Sieglaff) arrived at Pearl Harbor. She was sent to the Hunter's Point Navy Yard for a refit. She held refresher training when the yard work was completed and got back underway for Hawaii.

7 Oct 1943
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr W.B. Sieglaff) leaves Pearl Harbor for her 8th war patrol. She is to patrol off the Palau Islands.

22 Oct 1943
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr W.B. Sieglaff) shells a phosphate plant on Fais Island.

18 Nov 1943
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr W.B. Sieglaff) arrived at Midway Island.

12 Dec 1943
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr W.B. Sieglaff) left base for her 9th war patrol. She was to patrol in Japanese home waters of Sikoku Island and along the southern coast of the Japanese main island Honshu.

3 Jan 1944
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr W.B. Sieglaff) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Saisho Maru (2073 GRT) south of Honshu in position 33°44'N, 136°02'E.

4 Jan 1944
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr W.B. Sieglaff) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant Usa Maru (3943 GRT) south of Honshu in position 34°09'N, 136°50'E.

30 Jan 1944
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr W.B. Sieglaff) arrived at Pearl Harbor for a refit.

5 Mar 1944
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr W.B. Sieglaff) arrived her patrol area (10th war patrol) in the north Pacific off the Kuril Islands.

13 Mar 1944
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr W.B. Sieglaff) sank the Japanese merchants Ryua Maru (1915 GRT) and Shojin Maru (1942 GRT) some 20 miles west of Rashuwa Island, Kuril Islands in position 47°38'N, 152°38'E.

16 Mar 1944
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr W.B. Sieglaff) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport ship Nichiren Maru (5460 GRT) and the Japanese destroyer Shirakumo (offsite link) east of Muroran, Hokkaido, Japan in position 42°25'N, 144°55'E.

23 Mar 1944
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr W.B. Sieglaff) ended her 10th war patrol when she returned to Midway.

8 Apr 1944
Lt Cmdr Thomas Slack Baskett relieves Lt Cmdr William Bernard Sieglaff as Commanding Officer of USS Tautog.

17 Apr 1944
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr. T.S. Baskett) left base for her 11th war patrol. Once again her patrol area was off the Kuril Islands.

2 May 1944
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr. T.S. Baskett) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Ryuyo Maru (5973 GRT) off Matsuwa Jima in the Kuril Island in position 48°04'N, 153°16'E.

3 May 1944
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr. T.S. Baskett) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport Fushimi Maru (4935 GRT) south off Urup Island, Kuril Islands in position 45°28'N, 149°56'E.

8 May 1944
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr. T.S. Baskett) sank the Japanese transport Miyazaki Maru (3943 GRT) in the Tsugaru-Strait off Ominato, northern Honshu, Japan in position 41°52'N, 141°12'E.

12 May 1944
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr. T.S. Baskett) torpedoed and sank the Japanese collier Banei Maru No.2 (1186 GRT) north-east of Honshu, Japan in position 40°01'N, 141°58'E.

21 May 1944
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr. T.S. Baskett) ended her very successful 11th war patrol when she returned to base.

23 Jun 1944
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr. T.S. Baskett) leaves Pearl Harbor for her 12th war patrol. she was to patrol in Japanese home waters of Honshu and Hokkaido.

8 Jul 1944
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr. T.S. Baskett) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport Matsu Maru (886 GRT) off Honshu, Japan in position 41°17'N, 141°30'E.

9 Jul 1944
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr. T.S. Baskett) sank the Japanese fishing vessel Yamata Maru (18 GRT) with gunfire south-west of Kushiro, Japan in position 43°06'N, 144°08'E.

19 Jul 1944
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr. T.S. Baskett) sank the Japanese guard ship Hokuriku Maru No.1 (148 GRT) northeast of Tori Jima in position 31°30'N, 140°00'E.

2 Aug 1944
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr. T.S. Baskett) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport Konei Maru (1992 GRT) off Miki Saki, Honshu, Japan in position 33°57'N, 136°20'E.

10 Aug 1944
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr. T.S. Baskett) ended her 12th war patrol at Midway. She was sent to the United States for an overhaul.

10 Dec 1944
USS Blueback (Cdr. M.K. Clementson, USN) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Whitman (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Coan, USNR), USS Wileman (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Tanner, Jr., USNR), USS Connolly (Lt.Cdr. W.A. Collier, USNR), USS Tautog (Cdr. T.S. Baskett, USN) and USS Puffer (Lt.Cdr. C.R. Dwyer, USN).

17 Dec 1944
Her refit completed USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr. T.S. Baskett) left Pearl Harbor for her 13th war patrol. She was to patrol in the East China Sea.

17 Jan 1945
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr. T.S. Baskett) torpedoed and sank the Japanese fast transport T-15 (1500 GRT) off southern Kyushu, Japan in position 31°09'N, 130°29'E.

20 Jan 1945
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr. T.S. Baskett) torpedoed and sank the Japanese torpedo recovery vessel Shuri Maru (1857 GRT) at the southern end of Tsushima Strait in position 33°37'N, 128°40'E.

26 Jan 1945
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr. T.S. Baskett) sank the Japanese sailing vessel Naga Maru No.11 (43 GRT) with gunfire in position 30°00'N, 136°20'E.

1 Feb 1945
USS Tautog (Lt.Cdr. T.S. Baskett) ended her patrol at Midway Island. She was now retired from front line service and assigned to training duties.

10 Feb 1945
Lt.Cdr. A.H. Higgs relieves Lt.Cdr. T.S. Baskett as Commanding Officer of USS Tautog.

Media links


U. S. Submarines in World War II

Kimmett, Larry and Regis, Margaret


U.S. Submarines Through 1945

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Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6851 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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