Allied Warships

Snapper (SS-185)

Submarine of the Salmon class


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NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassSalmon 
Pennant185 
Built byPortsmouth Navy Yard (Kittery, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down23 Jul 1936 
Launched24 Aug 1937 
Commissioned16 Dec 1937 
End service15 Nov 1945 
History

Decommissioned 17 November 1945.
Stricken 31 April 1948.
Sold for scrapping 18 May 1948 and broken up for scrap.

 

Commands listed for USS Snapper (185)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Franklin Oliver Johnson, USN16 Dec 1937May 1940
2Lt.Cdr. Hamilton Laurie Stone, USNMay 194028 May 1942
3Lt. Harold Edward Baker, USN28 May 194220 Oct 1942
4Lt.Cdr. Augustus Robert St. Angelo, USN20 Oct 194214 Mar 1943
5T/Lt.Cdr. John Milton Hyde, USN14 Mar 1943mid 1943
6Lt.Cdr. Augustus Robert St. Angelo, USNmid 19431 Jun 1943
7T/Lt.Cdr. Merrill Kinsell Clementson, USN1 Jun 194323 Dec 1943
8William Warren Walker, USN30 Dec 194328 Nov 1944
9John Frederick Bauer, USN28 Nov 1944Mar 1945
10Hubert T. Murphy, USNearly 1945Oct 1945
11William H. Crawford, USN15 Oct 194517 Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Snapper include:


19 Dec 1941
USS Snapper (Lt.Cdr. Hamilton L. Stone) left Manila for her first war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Hainan.

10 Feb 1942
USS Snapper (Lt.Cdr. H.L. Stone) ended her first war patrol at Surabaya, Java, Netherlands East indies. Due to the dangerous situation at Surabaya due to Japanese air raids she departed shortly afterwards for Fremantle, Australia.

6 Mar 1942
USS Snapper (Lt.Cdr. H.L. Stone) left Fremantle for her second war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Celebes Sea off Tarakan.

31 Mar 1942
USS Snapper (Lt.Cdr. H.L. Stone) unloaded ammunition at Mactan Island and took on board 46 tons of food for the besieged island of Corregidor.

4 Apr 1942
USS Snapper (Lt.Cdr. H.L. Stone) unloaded her supplies at the besieged island of Corregidor (actually transferred the supplies to USS Pigeon). She evacuated 27 military personnel when she departed.

24 May 1942
USS Snapper (Lt.Cdr. H.L. Stone) ended her second war patrol at Fremantle.

29 May 1942
USS Snapper (Lt.Cdr. Harold E. Baker) left Fremantle for her third war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Flores Sea, Makassar Strait and the Celebes Sea.

16 Jul 1942
USS Snapper (Lt.Cdr. H.E. Baker) ended her third war patrol at Fremantle.

8 Aug 1942
USS Snapper (Lt.Cdr. H.E. Baker) left Fremantle for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.

26 Oct 1942
USS Snapper (Lt.Cdr. H.E. Baker) ended her 4th and yet another unproductive war patrol at Fremantle. Two more unproductive war patrols followed before Snapper was overhauled.

26 Jul 1943
With her overhaul completed USS Snapper (Lt.Cdr. Merrill Kinsell Clementson) left Pearl Harbor for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Guam.

27 Aug 1943
USS Snapper (Lt.Cdr. M.K. Clementson) torpedoed and sank the already damaged Japanese passenger-cargo ship Tokai Maru (8359 GRT) at Apra harbour, Guam in position 13°31'N, 144°37'E.

2 Sep 1943
USS Snapper (Lt.Cdr. M.K. Clementson) torpedoed and sank the Japanese frigate Mutsure (870 tons, offsite link) about 85 nautical miles north-north-west of Truk, Caroline Islands in position 08°40'N, 151°31'E.

17 Sep 1943
USS Snapper (Lt.Cdr. M.K. Clementson) ended her 7th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

19 Oct 1943
USS Snapper (Lt.Cdr. M.K. Clementson) left Pearl Harbor for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in off Honshu in Japanese home waters.

29 Nov 1943
USS Snapper (Lt.Cdr. M.K. Clementson) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport ship Kenryi Maru (4575 GRT) off Hachijo Jima, Japan in position 33°16'N, 139°35'E.

14 Dec 1943
USS Snapper (Lt.Cdr. M.K. Clementson) ended her 8th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

14 Mar 1944
After overhaul at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard USS Snapper (Lt.Cdr. William W. Walker) left Pearl Harbor for her 9th war patrol. she was ordered to patrol off the Bonin Islands.

29 Apr 1944
USS Snapper (Lt.Cdr. W.W. Walker) ended her 9th war patrol at Midway.

27 May 1944
USS Snapper (Lt.Cdr. W.W. Walker) leaves Pearl Harbor for her 10th war patrol for lifeguard duties near Truk.

9 Jun 1944
USS Snapper (Lt.Cdr. W.W. Walker) is damaged during an attack by a Japanese aircraft. Snapper arrived at Majuro on 13 June to land her wounded and make repairs. She then continued her patrol.

21 Jul 1944
USS Snapper (Lt.Cdr. W.W. Walker) ended her 10th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

5 Sep 1944
USS Snapper (Lt.Cdr. W.W. Walker) left Pearl Harbor for her 11th and final war patrol. she was ordered to patrol of the Bonin Islands.

1 Oct 1944
USS Snapper (Lt.Cdr. W.W. Walker) torpedoed and sank the Japanese coastal minelayer Ajiro (720 tons, offsite link) and the Japanese transport ship Seian Maru (1990 GRT) North-West of the Bonin Islands in position 28°11'N, 139°30'E.

27 Oct 1944
USS Snapper (Lt.Cdr. W.W. Walker) ended her 11th and final war patrol at Midway. She is now assigned to training duties.

17 May 1945
USS Snapper arrived in the Panama Canal Zone.

20 May 1945
Having tansferred the Panama Canal, USS Snapper departed the Panama Canal Zone for New London, Connecticut.

27 May 1945
USS Snapper arrived at New London, Connecticut.

Media links


U. S. Submarines in World War II

Kimmett, Larry and Regis, Margaret


U.S. Submarines Through 1945

Friedman, Norman


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