Allied Warships

Shad (SS-235)

Submarine of the Gato class


USS Shad during the war.

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassGato 
Pennant235 
Built byPortsmouth Navy Yard (Kittery, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered28 Jun 1940 
Laid down20 Oct 1941 
Launched15 Apr 1942 
Commissioned12 Jun 1942 
End service1 Apr 1960 
History

Decommissioned in 1947.
Served as a Naval Reserve training vessel in the First Naval District untill 1 April 1960.
Sticken 1 April 1960.
Sold in 1961 to be broken up for scrap.
USS Shad received six battle stars for World War II service.

 

Commands listed for USS Shad (235)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Edgar John MacGregor, III, USN12 Jun 194229 Jun 1944
2Lawrence Virginius Julihn, USN29 Jun 1944Apr 1945
3T/Lt.Cdr. Donald Leigh Mehlop, USNApr 1945

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Notable events involving Shad include:


4 Jan 1943
While on her 2nd war patrol out of Roseneath, Scotland, USS Shad (Lt.Cdr. E.J. MacGregor III) sank the German auxiliary minesweeper M 4242 (212 GRT, former French trawler Odett II) and a barge with gunfire in the Bay of Biscay about 55 nautical miles west-north-west of Biarritz, France in position 43°55'N, 02°42'W.

26 Jan 1943
While on her 2nd war patrol out of Roseneath, Scotland, USS Shad (Lt.Cdr. E.J. MacGregor III) torpedoed and damaged the German blockade merchant (ore transport) Nordfels (1214 GRT) in the Bay of Biscay in position 43°28'N, 02°59'W.

10 Feb 1943
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Portsmouth for Holy Loch. She was to make rendez-vous the next morning with HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) and the US submarines USS Herring (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Johnson, USN) and USS Shad (Lt.Cdr. E.J. MacGregor III). During the passage from Portsmouth to the rendez-vous position HMS Severn was escorted by the Free French submarine chasers Chasseur 11 and Chasseur 15. (1)

12 Feb 1943
USS Shad (Lt.Cdr. E.J. MacGregor III) ended her 2nd war patrol at Roseneath, Scotland.

7 Mar 1943
USS Shad (Lt.Cdr. E.J. MacGregor III) departed from Roseneath for her 3rd war patrol. Once again she was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay.

1 Apr 1943
Despite the escort of 4 German destroyer USS Shad (Lt.Cdr. E.J. MacGregor III) torpedoed and damaged the Italian blockade runner Pietro Orseolo (6338 GRT) in the Bay of Biscay in position 44°37'N, 02°18'W.

12 Apr 1943
USS Shad (Lt.Cdr. E.J. MacGregor III) ended her 3rd war patrol at Roseneath.

14 Jun 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Holy Loch. At sea she joined USS Shad (Lt.Cdr. E.J. MacGregor III) and her escort HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (2)

12 Aug 1943
USS Shad (Lt.Cdr. E.J. MacGregor III, USN) departed New London, Connecticut for the Panama Canal Zone.

7 Sep 1943
After 2 more war patrols in European waters and an overhaul at New London, USS Shad (Lt.Cdr. E.J. MacGregor III) arrived at Pearl Harbor to join the Pacific war.

28 Sep 1943
USS Shad (Lt.Cdr. E.J. MacGregor III) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol of the Ryukyu Islands.

27 Oct 1943
USS Shad (Lt.Cdr. E.J. MacGregor III) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese merchant cargo ship Fuji Maru (9130 GRT) north of Okinawa in position 28°20'N, 128°05'E. The damaged ship is later finished off by USS Grayback. The two submarines shared the "kill".

29 Nov 1943
USS Shad (Lt.Cdr. E.J. MacGregor III) ended her 6th war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She is now ordered to San Francisco for a major overhaul.

12 Aug 1944
With her overhaul completed USS Shad (Lt.Cdr. L.V. Julihn) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol south of Honshu in Japanese home waters.

19 Sep 1944
USS Shad (Lt.Cdr. L.V. Julihn) torpedoed and sank the Japanese coast defence ship Isojima (2526 tons, former Chinese cruiser Ning Hai, offsite link) about 85 nautical miles from Hachiji Jima in position 33°40'N, 138°20'E.

21 Sep 1944
USS Shad (Lt.Cdr. L.V. Julihn) torpedoed and sank the Japanese auxiliary minesweeper Fumi Maru No.2 (304 GRT) east of Shinto, Japan in position 34°45'N, 139°40'E.

1 Oct 1944
USS Shad (Lt.Cdr. L.V. Julihn) ended her 7th war patrol at Midway.

4 Nov 1944
USS Shad (Lt.Cdr. L.V. Julihn) departed from Midway for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the East China Sea.

5 Jan 1945
USS Shad (Lt.Cdr. L.V. Julihn) ended her 8th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

31 Jan 1945
USS Shad (Lt.Cdr. L.V. Julihn) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Luzon Strait.

30 Mar 1945
USS Shad (Lt.Cdr. L.V. Julihn) ended her 9th war patrol at Guam.

17 May 1945
While on her 10th war patrol USS Shad (Lt.Cdr. D.L. Mehlop) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Chosan Maru (3938 GRT) in the Yellow Sea off Gunzan, Korea in position 35°41'N, 126°17'E.

7 Jun 1945
While on her 10th war patrol USS Shad (Lt.Cdr. D.L. Mehlop) torpedoed and sank the Japanese sank Japanese army transport Azusa Maru (1370 GRT) about 50 nautical miles southwest of Yoso-do, Korea in position 33°55'N, 126°50'E.

11 Jul 1945
USS Shad (Lt.Cdr. D.L. Mehlop) departed from Midway for her 11th war patrol. She was ordered to perform lifeguard duty off Marcus Island.

22 Aug 1945
USS Shad (Lt.Cdr. D.L. Mehlop) ended her 11th war patrol at Midway.

Media links


U. S. Submarines in World War II

Kimmett, Larry and Regis, Margaret


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U.S. Submarines Through 1945

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Sources

  1. ADM 173/18046
  2. ADM 173/18004

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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