Allied Warships

Dolphin (SS-169)

Submarine of the Dolphin class

USS Dolphin prewar

NavyThe US Navy
Built byPortsmouth Navy Yard (Kittery, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Laid down14 Jun 1930 
Launched6 Mar 1932 
Commissioned1 Jun 1932 
End service12 Oct 1945 

Decommissioned 12 October 1945.
Stricken 24 October 1945.
Sold 26 August 1946 to be broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Dolphin (169)

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1Murray Jones Tichenor, USN21 May 19381941
2Gordon Benbow Rainer, USN194118 Feb 1942
3Lt. Royal Lawrence Rutter, USN18 Feb 1942mid 1942
4Lt.Cdr. Dudley Walker Morton, USNmid 1942mid 1942
5T/Lt.Cdr. Royal Lawrence Rutter, USNmid 1942early 1943
6T/Cdr. George Garvie Molumphy, USNearly 1943Aug 1943
7William S. Finn, USNAug 1943Sep 1943
8Lt.Cdr. Edward Robert Hannon, USNSep 1943Mar 1945
9Sigmund A. Bobcyzinski, USN10 Mar 1945Sep 1945
10Gordon K. Nicodemus, USNRSep 194512 Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Dolphin include:

7 Dec 1941
USS Dolphin (Lt.Cdr. Gordon B. Rainer) was at the Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked. She took the attacking enemy planes under fire, then commenced a patrol looking for their fleet in the local area.

24 Dec 1941
USS Dolphin (Lt.Cdr. G.B. Rainer) left Pearl Harbor for her first war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Marshall Islands area.

3 Feb 1942
USS Dolphin (Lt.Cdr. G.B. Rainer) ended her first war patrol when she returned to Pearl Harbor.

14 May 1942
USS Dolphin (Lt.Cdr. Royal Lawrence Rutter) left Pearl Harbor for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol west of Midway. She was at Midway from 8 to 11 June for some repairs but then continued her patrol.

26 Jun 1942
USS Dolphin (Lt.Cdr. R.L. Rutter) attacked a Japanese oiler with torpedoes south of Japan in position 31°00'N, 133°53'E. Dolphin claims two hits but Japanese records don't show any evidence on this.

24 Jul 1942
USS Dolphin (Lt.Cdr. R.L. Rutter) ended her 2nd war patrol when she returned to Pearl Harbor.

12 Oct 1942
USS Dolphin (Lt.Cdr. R.L. Rutter) left base for her 3th war patrol. She was to patrol of the Kuril Islands.

5 Dec 1942
USS Dolphin (Lt.Cdr. R.L. Rutter) ended her 3th and last war patrol. With new construction submarines available for offensive war patrols, the older Dolphin was assigned to training duties.

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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