Allied Warships

Rasher (SS-269)

Submarine of the Gato class


USS Rasher during the Second World War.

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassGato 
Pennant269 
Built byManitowoc Shipbuilding Co. (Manitowoc, Wisconsin, U.S.A.) 
Ordered9 Sep 1940 
Laid down4 May 1942 
Launched20 Dec 1942 
Commissioned8 Jun 1943 
End service27 May 1969 
History

Decommissioned 22 June 1946.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet.
Recommissioned as a Radar Picket Submarine 22 July 1953; Decommissioned 27 May 1967.
Used to train Naval Reservists.
Stricken 20 December 1971.
Sold 7 August 1974 to be broken up for scrap.

 

Commands listed for USS Rasher (269)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. Edward Shilington Hutchinson, USN8 Jun 19439 Dec 1943
2T/Lt.Cdr. Willard Ross Laughon, USN9 Dec 194317 Jul 1944
3T/Cdr Henry Glass Munson, USN17 Jul 19443 Sep 1944

4Lt.Cdr. Benjamin Ernest Adams, Jr., USN20 Dec 19441 Apr 1945
5Lt.Cdr. Charles Derrick Nace, USN1 Apr 194519 Aug 1945

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Notable events involving Rasher include:


10 Jul 1943
USS Rasher (Cdr. E.S. Hutchinson, USN) departed New Orleans, Louisiana for the Panama Canal Zone.

15 Jul 1943
USS Rasher (Cdr. E.S. Hutchinson, USN) arrived at Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone to begin a training period.

11 Sep 1943
USS Rasher (Cdr. E.S. Hutchinson) arrived at Brisbane, Australia.

24 Sep 1943
USS Rasher (Cdr. E.S. Hutchinson) departed from Brisbane for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Makassar Strait and Celebes Sea.

9 Oct 1943
USS Rasher (Cdr. E.S. Hutchinson) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Kogane Maru (3131 GRT) about 30 nautical miles west of Ambon in position 03°30'S, 127°45'E.

13 Oct 1943
USS Rasher (Cdr. E.S. Hutchinson) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Kenkoku Maru (3377 GRT) west of Ambon in position 03°47'S, 127°41'E.

8 Nov 1943
USS Rasher (Cdr. E.S. Hutchinson) torpedoed and sank the Japanese tanker Tango Maru (2046 GRT) in the Makassar Strait in position 00°25'N, 119°45'E.

24 Nov 1943
USS Rasher (Cdr. E.S. Hutchinson) ended her 1st war patrol at Fremantle.

19 Dec 1943
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon) departed from Fremantle for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.

3 Jan 1944
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon) plant mines off Puolo Condore.

4 Jan 1944
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese tanker Kiyo Maru (7251 GRT) in the South China Sea in position 06°44'N, 108°43'E.

5 Jan 1944
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon) torpedoed and sank the Japanese tanker Kiyo Maru (7251 GRT) in the South China Sea in position 05°46'N, 108°36'E.

24 Jan 1944
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon) ended her 2nd war patrol at Fremantle.

19 Feb 1944
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon) departed from Fremantle for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Java and Celebes Seas.

25 Feb 1944
While operating north of Bali USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Ryusei Maru (4805 GRT) in position 07°55'S, 115°15'E and the Japanese merchant cargo ship Tango Maru (6200 GRT) in position 07°41'S, 115°10'E.

3 Mar 1944
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Nittai Maru (6484 GRT) in the Celebes Sea some 290 miles northwest of Waisile, Halmahera in position 03°18'N, 123°56'E.

27 Mar 1944
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Nichinan Maru (2732 GRT) in the Java Sea about 50 nautical miles north of Bali in position 07°27'S, 115°55'E.

4 Apr 1944
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon) ended her 3rd war patrol at Fremantle.

30 Apr 1944
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon) departed from Fremantle for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Makassar Strait and the Celebes Sea.

11 May 1944
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon) torpedoed and sank the Japanese auxiliary vessel Choi Maru (1074 GRT) in the Molucca Sea northwest of Boeroe Island in position 03°30'S, 126°06'E.

29 May 1944
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese auxiliary gunboat Anshu Maru (2601 GRT) about 110 nautical miles north-north-west of Halmahera in position 03°32'N, 127°07'E.

30 May 1944
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon) torpedoed and sank the Japanese auxiliary gunboat Anshu Maru (2601 GRT) about 110 nautical miles north-north-west of Halmahera in position 03°40'N, 126°58'E.

8 Jun 1944
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon) torpedoed and sank the Japanese underway replenishment vessel Shioya (7950 GRT) in the Celebes Sea northwest of Menado in position 03°15'N, 124°03'E.

14 Jun 1944
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Koan Maru (3183 GRT) in the Celebes Sea about 130 nautical miles south of Mindanao, Philippines in position 04°33'N, 122°23'E.

23 Jun 1944
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon) ended her 4th war patrol at Fremantle.

22 Jul 1944
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Munson) departed from Fremantle for her 5th war patrol. she was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.

6 Aug 1944
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Munson) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Shiroganesan Maru (4379 GRT) in the South China Sea west of Luzon, Philippines in position 14°10'N, 117°12'E.

18 Aug 1944
While attacking a Japanese convoy in the South China Sea off the west coast of Luzon, Philippines USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Munson) torpedoed and sank the Japanese escort carrier Taiyo (17830 tons, offsite link), the Japanese troop transport Teia Maru (17537 GRT, former French Aramis) and the Japanese army cargo ship Eishin Maru (542 GRT) in position 18°16'N, 120°21'E. Rasher also torpedoed and sank the Japanese oiler Teiyo Maru (9849 GRT) southwest of Cape Bojeador in position 18°09'N, 120°13'E, and finally she torpedoed and damaged the Japanese troop transport Noshiro Maru (7184 GRT, offsite link) southwest of Cape Bojeador in position 18°09'N, 119°56'E.

3 Sep 1944
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Munson) ended her 5th war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She is now sent to the Hunters Point Navy Yard for a major overhaul.

11 Sep 1944
USS Rasher arrived at the Hunters Point Navy Yard.

20 Dec 1944
With her overhaul completed USS Rasher departed from San Francisco bound for Pearl Harbor.

29 Jan 1945
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. B.E. Adams, Jr.) departed from Midway for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the East China Sea.

16 Mar 1945
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. B.E. Adams, Jr.) ended her 6th war patrol at Guam.

17 Apr 1945
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Nace) departed from Guam for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Japanese home waters off Honshu.

29 Apr 1945
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Nace) sank a small Japanese vessel with gunfire south of Honshu, Japan in position 33°45'N, 139°20'E.

29 May 1945
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Nace) ended her 7th war patrol at Midway.

23 Jun 1945
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Nace) departed from Midway for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off southern Formosa.

14 Aug 1945
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Nace) ended her 8th war patrol at Subic Bay, Philippines.

Media links


U. S. Submarines in World War II

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U.S. Submarines Through 1945

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