Allied Warships

Pompon (SS-267)

Submarine of the Gato class


USS Pompon on trials in Lake Michigan just after being commissioned.

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassGato 
Pennant267 
Built byManitowoc Shipbuilding Co. (Manitowoc, Wisconsin, U.S.A.) 
Ordered9 Sep 1940 
Laid down26 Nov 1941 
Launched15 Aug 1942 
Commissioned17 Mar 1943 
End service2 Feb 1959 
History

Decommissioned 11 May 1946
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet.
Recommissioned as Radar Picket Submarine on 15 June 1953.
Decommissioned 2 February 1959.
Sticken 1 April 1960.
Sold 25 November 1960 to be broken up for scrap.

 

Commands listed for USS Pompon (267)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Earle Clifford Hawk, USN17 Mar 19439 Feb 1944
2Lt.Cdr. Stephen Henry Gimber, USN9 Feb 19441 Mar 1945
3Lt.Cdr. John Albert Bogley, USN1 Mar 194522 Jul 1945

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Notable events involving Pompon include:


17 Apr 1943
USS Pompon (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Hawk, USN) departed New Orleans, Louisiana for Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone.

22 Apr 1943
USS Pompon (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Hawk, USN) arrived at Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone from New Orleans, Louisiana and commenced a training period.

22 Apr 1943
USS Pompon (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Hawk, USN) arrived at Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone to begin a training period.

10 Jul 1943
USS Pompon (Lt.Cdr. Earl Clifford Hawk) departed from Brisbane, Australia for her 1st war patrol, and was ordered to patrol in the Caroline Islands area.

25 Jul 1943
USS Pompon (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Hawk) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Thames Maru (5871 GRT) and torpedoed and damaged the Japanese troop transport Kinsen Maru (3081 GRT) between the Caroline and Admiralty Islands in position 02°46'N, 148°35'E.

22 Aug 1943
USS Pompon (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Hawk) ended her 1st war patrol at Brisbane.

12 Sep 1943
USS Pompon (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Hawk) departed from Brisbane for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.

5 Nov 1943
USS Pompon (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Hawk) ended her 2nd war patrol at Fremantle, Australia.

29 Nov 1943
USS Pompon (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Hawk) departed from Fremantle for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea off the coast of French Indo-China.

11 Dec 1943
While en route in the South China Sea to the French Indo-China coast USS Pompon (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Hawk) sank two Japanese sampans with gunfire. one in position 07°13'N, 115°01'E and the other one in position 07°03'N, 114°50'E.

13 Dec 1943
USS Pompon (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Hawk) lays mines off Poulo Condore, southwest of French Indochina.

28 Jan 1944
USS Pompon (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Hawk) ended her 3rd war patrol at Darwin.

22 Feb 1944
USS Pompon (Lt.Cdr. Stephen Henry Gimber) departed from Darwin for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Halmahera.

10 Apr 1944
USS Pompon (Lt.Cdr. S.H. Gimbler) ended her 4th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

6 May 1944
USS Pompon (Lt.Cdr. S.H. Gimbler) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Japanese home waters along the coast of Kyushu, Shikoku, and Honshu.

30 May 1944
USS Pompon (Lt.Cdr. S.H. Gimbler) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant passenger/cargo ship Shiga Maru (742 GRT) off Murotosaki, Japan in position 33°15'N, 134°11'E.

25 Jun 1944
USS Pompon (Lt.Cdr. S.H. Gimbler) ended her 5th war patrol at Midway.

19 Jul 1944
USS Pompon (Lt.Cdr. S.H. Gimbler) departed from Midway for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol along the eastern coasts of Honshu and Hokkaido and in the Sea of Okhotsk.

27 Jul 1944
USS Pompon (Lt.Cdr. S.H. Gimbler) sank a Japanese trawler with gunfire off the east coast of Honshu, Japan in position 37°18'N, 142°57'E.

12 Aug 1944
USS Pompon (Lt.Cdr. S.H. Gimbler) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Mayachi Maru (2159 GRT) in the Sea of Okhotsk east of Sakhalin in position 50°35'N, 144°03'E.

3 Sep 1944
USS Pompon (Lt.Cdr. S.H. Gimbler) ended her 6th war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She was now sent to the Mare Island Navy Yard for a major overhaul.

13 Dec 1944
With her overhaul completed USS Pompon (Cdr. S.H. Gimbler) the US west coast bound for Majuro.

6 Jan 1945
USS Pompon (Cdr. S.H. Gimbler) departed from Majuro for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Yellow Sea.

11 Feb 1945
USS Pompon (Cdr. S.H. Gimbler) ended her 7th war patrol at Midway.

30 Mar 1945
USS Pompon (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Bogley) departed from Midway for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol along the Chinese coast and off Formosa.

24 May 1945
USS Pompon (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Bogley) ended her 8th war patrol at Guam.

18 Jun 1945
USS Pompon (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Bogley) departed from Guam for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to perform lifeguard duty in the Truk area.

22 Jul 1945
USS Pompon (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Bogley) ended her 9th war patrol at Guam.

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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