Allied Warships

Tarpon (SS-175)

Submarine of the Shark class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassShark 
Pennant175 
Built byElectric Boat Co. (Groton, Connecticut, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down22 Dec 1933 
Launched4 Sep 1935 
Commissioned12 Mar 1936 
End service5 Sep 1956 
History

Decommissioned 15 November 1945.
Placed in service as a Naval Reserve training ship at New Orleans, Louisiana 17 April 1947.
Placed out of service and stricken 5 September 1956.
Sold to be broken up for scrap but foundered while under tow off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina on 26 August 1957.

 

Commands listed for USS Tarpon (175)

Please note that we're still working on this section.

CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Leo Leander Pace, USN12 Mar 1936

2William Wagner Weeden, Jr., USN19 Feb 1938mid 1941
3Lt.Cdr. Lewis Wallace, USNmid 1941Jul 1942
4Lt.Cdr. Thomas Lincoln Wogan, USNJul 194219 Nov 1943
5Lt.Cdr. Thomas Benjamin Oakley, Jr., USN19 Nov 194315 Apr 1944
6T/Lt.Cdr. Saverio Filippone, USN15 Apr 1944late 1944
7George F. Richardson, USNlate 194415 Nov 1945

You can help improve our commands section
Click here to Submit events/comments/updates for this vessel.
Please use this if you spot mistakes or want to improve this ships page.

Notable events involving Tarpon include:


9 Dec 1941
USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. L. Wallace, USN) left Manila for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol of south-eastern Luzon.

11 Jan 1942
USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. L. Wallace, USN) ended her 1st war patrol at Darwin, Australia.

25 Jan 1942
USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. L. Wallace, USN) left Darwin for her 2nd war patrol. she was ordered to patrol in the Moluccas.

23 Feb 1942
USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. L. Wallace, USN) is damaged when she runs aground in Boling Strait. After jettisoning anchors, torpedoes, oil and ammunition she is able to free herself the next day.

5 Mar 1942
USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. L. Wallace, USN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Fremantle, Australia.

28 Mar 1942
USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. L. Wallace, USN) left Fremantle for her 3rd war patrol.

17 May 1942
USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. L. Wallace, USN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

30 May 1942
USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. L. Wallace, USN) left Pearl Harbor for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol north of Oahu.

9 Jun 1942
USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. L. Wallace, USN) ended her 4th war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She was now ordered to the Mare Island Navy Yard for overhaul.

22 Oct 1942
With her overhaul completed USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. T.L. Wogan) left Pearl Harbor for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol north of Bougainville in the Solomon Islands area.

10 Dec 1942
USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. T.L. Wogan) ended her 5th war patrol at Midway.

10 Jan 1943
USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. T.L. Wogan) left Pearl Harbor for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Japanese home waters, south of Honshu.

1 Feb 1943
USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. T.L. Wogan) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant Fushimi Maru (10935 GRT) about 20 nautical miles south of Omai Zaki in position 34°08'N, 138°11'E.

9 Feb 1943
USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. T.L. Wogan) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Tatsuta Maru (16975 GRT) about 42 nautical miles east of Mikura Jima in position 33°45'N, 140°25'E.

25 Feb 1943
USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. T.L. Wogan) ended her 6th war patrol at Midway.

29 Mar 1943
USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. T.L. Wogan) left base for her 7th war patrol.

15 May 1943
USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. T.L. Wogan) ended her 7th war patrol.

30 Jul 1943
USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. T.L. Wogan) left base for her 8th war patrol. She was to patrol in Japanese home waters.

28 Aug 1943
USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. T.L. Wogan) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese merchant Shinsei Maru (4746 GRT) off Mikura Shima, Japan in position 33°39'N, 138°28'E.

4 Sep 1943
USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. T.L. Wogan) sank the Japanese guard boat Yulin Maru (97 GRT) with gunfire in the northern Pacific in position 35°56'N, 157°59'E.

8 Sep 1943
USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. T.L. Wogan) ended her 8th war patrol at Midway.

1 Oct 1943
USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. T.L. Wogan) left Midway for her 9th war patrol. Once again she was ordered to patrol in Japanese home waters.

17 Oct 1943
USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. T.L. Wogan) torpedoed and sank the German armed merchant cruiser Michel (4740 GRT) off Chichi Jima, Bonin Islands in position 33°42'N, 140°08'E.

3 Nov 1943
USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. T.L. Wogan) ended her 9th war patrol when she returned to base at Pearl Harbor.

4 Dec 1943
USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. T.B. Oakley, Jr) left base for her 10th war patrol. She was to patrol in the Marshall Islands area.

12 Jan 1944
USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. T.B. Oakley, Jr) ended her 10th war patrol when she returned to base.

19 Jun 1944
USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. S. Filippone) leaves base for her 11th war patrol. She was ordered to perform lifeguard duty in the Truk area.

8 Aug 1944
USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. S. Filippone) ended her 11th war patrol when she returns to base.

31 Aug 1944
USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. S. Filippone) leaves base for her 12th and final war patrol. Once again she was assigned to lifeguard duty in the Truk area.

14 Oct 1944
USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. S. Filippone) ended her 12th and final war patrol at Pearl Harbor. Tarpon was now assigned to training duties on the U.S. east coast.

9 Jan 1945
USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. G.F. Richardson, USN) arrived in the Panama Canal Zone.

10 Jan 1945
USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. G.F. Richardson, USN) departed the Panama Canal Zone for New London, Connecticut.

20 Jan 1945
USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. G.F. Richardson, USN) arrived at New London, Connecticut.

5 May 1945
USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. G.F. Richardson, USN) departed from New London, Connecticut for the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

27 Jul 1945
With her refit comleted, USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. G.F. Richardson, USN), departed from the Philadelphia Navy Yard for New London, Connecticut.

28 Jul 1945
USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. G.F. Richardson, USN) arrived at New London, Connecticut from the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Media links


U. S. Submarines in World War II

Kimmett, Larry and Regis, Margaret


U.S. Submarines Through 1945

Friedman, Norman


amazon.com
($ 67.50)

amazon.co.uk
(£ 56.95)

amazon.de
(EUR 63.00)

Return to the Allied Warships section