Allied Warships

Ray (SS-271)

Submarine of the Gato class


USS Ray on trails in Lake Michigan.

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassGato 
Pennant271 
Built byManitowoc Shipbuilding Co. (Manitowoc, Wisconsin, U.S.A.) 
Ordered9 Sep 1940 
Laid down20 Jul 1942 
Launched28 Feb 1943 
Commissioned27 Jul 1943 
End service30 Sep 1958 
History

Decommissioned 12 February 1947.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet.
Recommissioned as a Radar Picket Submarine 13 August 1952.
Decommissioned 30 September 1958.
Stricken 1 August 1960.
Sold 18 December 1960 to be broken up for scrap.

 

Commands listed for USS Ray (271)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Brooks Jared Harral, Jr., USN27 Jul 194328 Jun 1944
2Lt.Cdr. William Thomas Kinsella, USN28 Jun 19449 Jan 1946

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Notable events involving Ray include:


26 Aug 1943
USS Ray (Lt.Cdr. B.J. Harral, USN) departed New Orleans, Louisiana for Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone.

31 Aug 1943
USS Ray (Lt.Cdr. B.J. Harral, USN) arrived at Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone from New Orleans, Louisiana to begin a training programme.

5 Oct 1943
USS Ray (Lt.Cdr. B.J. Harral, USN) departed from Balboa, Panama Canal Zone for Brisbane, Australia.

30 Oct 1943
USS Ray (Lt.Cdr. B.J. Harral) arrived at Brisbane.

13 Nov 1943
USS Ray (Lt.Cdr. B.J. Harral) departed from Milne Bay, New Guinea for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol north of the Bismarck Archipelago.

26 Nov 1943
USS Ray (Lt.Cdr. B.J. Harral) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Nikkai Maru (2562 GRT) south-west of Truk in position 04°12'N, 148°20'E.

6 Dec 1943
USS Ray (Lt.Cdr. B.J. Harral) ended her 1st war patrol.

11 Dec 1943
USS Ray (Lt.Cdr. B.J. Harral) departed from base for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Banda Sea.

26 Dec 1943
USS Ray (Lt.Cdr. B.J. Harral) torpedoed and sank the Japanese fleet tanker Kyoko Maru (5800 GRT, former Dutch Semiramis) south of Celebes in position 05°00'S, 121°22'E.

1 Jan 1944
USS Ray (Lt.Cdr. B.J. Harral) torpedoed and sank the Japanese auxiliary gunboat Okuyo Maru (2904 GRT) at the mouth of Ambon Bay, Netherlands East Indies in position 03°51'S, 128°04'E.

12 Jan 1944
USS Ray (Lt.Cdr. B.J. Harral) ended her 2nd war patrol at Fremantle, Australia.

6 Feb 1944
USS Ray (Lt.Cdr. B.J. Harral) departed from Fremantle for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Java and South China Seas.

22 Feb 1944
USS Ray (Lt.Cdr. B.J. Harral) lays mines off Saigon, French Indochina.

27 Mar 1944
USS Ray (Lt.Cdr. B.J. Harral) ended her 3rd war patrol at Fremantle.

23 Apr 1944
USS Ray (Lt.Cdr. B.J. Harral) departed from Fremantle for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol south off Davao Gulf, Philippines.

22 May 1944
USS Ray (Lt.Cdr. B.J. Harral) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Tempei Maru (6097 GRT) off the south coast of Mindanao, Philippines in position 05°42'N, 127°37'E.

23 May 1944
USS Ray (Lt.Cdr. B.J. Harral) and USS Cero torpedoed and damaged the Japanese army tanker Kenwa Maru (6384 GRT) north-east of Morotai in position 02°42'N, 128°08'E.

14 Jun 1944
USS Ray (Lt.Cdr. B.J. Harral) ended her 4th war patrol at Fremantle.

9 Jul 1944
USS Ray (Lt.Cdr. W.T. Kinsella) departed from Fremantle for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.

18 Jul 1944
USS Ray (Lt.Cdr. W.T. Kinsella) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant tanker Jambi Maru (5244 GRT, former Dutch Djambi) in the Java Sea north of Bawean Island in position 05°21'S, 112°30'E.

4 Aug 1944
USS Ray (Lt.Cdr. W.T. Kinsella) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Koshu Maru (2812 GRT) in Makassar Strait in position 04°05'S, 117°40'E.

14 Aug 1944
USS Ray (Lt.Cdr. W.T. Kinsella) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Zuisho Maru (5286 GRT) off the northwest coast of Borneo in position 03°51'N, 112°58'E.

21 Aug 1944
USS Ray (Lt.Cdr. W.T. Kinsella) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant tanker Taketoyo Maru (6964 GRT) west of Mindoro, Philippines in position 13°23'N, 120°19'E.

31 Aug 1944
USS Ray (Lt.Cdr. W.T. Kinsella) ended her 5th war patrol at Fremantle.

23 Sep 1944
USS Ray (Lt.Cdr. W.T. Kinsella) departed from Fremantle for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.

12 Oct 1944
USS Ray (Lt.Cdr. W.T. Kinsella) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Toko Maru (4180 GRT) near Cape Cavalite, Mindoro, Philippines in position 13°32'N, 120°21'E.

1 Nov 1944
USS Ray (Lt.Cdr. W.T. Kinsella) torpedoed and sank the Japanese tanker Horai Maru No.7 (834 GRT) west off Mindoro, Philippines in position 13°02'N, 120°17'E.

Ray also lands men and supplies on west coast of Mindoro.

4 Nov 1944
USS Ray (Lt.Cdr. W.T. Kinsella), USS Guitarro and USS Bream shared the sinking of the Japanese transport ship Kagu Maru (6806 GRT, offsite link) off Dasol Bay, Philippines in position 15°55'N, 119°44'E.

14 Nov 1944
USS Ray (Lt.Cdr. W.T. Kinsella) torpedoed and sank the Japanese corvette Kaibokan 7 (745 tons, offsite link) about 65 nautical miles north-west of Cape Bolinao, Luzon, Philippines in position 17°45'N, 117°45'E.

8 Dec 1944
USS Ray (Lt.Cdr. W.T. Kinsella) ended her 6th war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She is now sent to the Mare Island Navy Yard for a major overhaul.

16 Dec 1944
USS Ray (Lt.Cdr. W.T. Kinsella) arrived at the Mare Island Navy Yard.

26 Mar 1945
With her overhaul completed USS Ray (Cdr. W.T. Kinsella) departed from San Francisco bound for Pearl Harbor.

29 Apr 1945
USS Ray (Cdr. W.T. Kinsella) arrived at Guam.

30 Apr 1945
USS Ray (Cdr. W.T. Kinsella) departed from Guam for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Kyusyu in Japanese home waters and in the Yellow Sea.

19 May 1945
USS Ray (Cdr. W.T. Kinsella) sank a small Japanese vessel with gunfire in the Yellow Sea in position 37°24'N, 125°05'E.

23 May 1945
USS Ray (Cdr. W.T. Kinsella) sank 6 small Japanese vessels with gunfire in the Yellow Sea in position 38°10'N, 124°31'E.

25 May 1945
USS Ray (Cdr. W.T. Kinsella) sank the Japanese schooner Tsuki Maru (57 GRT) with gunfire about 35 nautical miles east of Kaiyo Island in position 39°04'N, 123°06'E.

26 May 1945
USS Ray (Cdr. W.T. Kinsella) sank 3 small Japanese vessels with gunfire in the Yellow Sea at positions 38°53'N, 122°54'E, 38°55'N, 122°53'E and 38°57'N, 122°53'E.

27 May 1945
USS Ray (Cdr. W.T. Kinsella) sank 2 small Japanese vessels with gunfire in the Yellow Sea in position 38°16'N, 123°51'E.

28 May 1945
USS Ray (Cdr. W.T. Kinsella) sank 4 small Japanese vessels with gunfire in the Yellow Sea in positions 37°38'N, 124°43'E, 38°19'N, 124°01'E and 38°21'N, 123°58'E.

30 May 1945
USS Ray (Cdr. W.T. Kinsella) sank a small Japanese vessel with gunfire in the Yellow Sea in position 38°03'N, 124°06'E.

16 Jun 1945
USS Ray (Cdr. W.T. Kinsella) ended her 7th war patrol at Midway.

11 Jul 1945
USS Ray (Cdr. W.T. Kinsella) departed from base for 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Gulf of Siam.

2 Aug 1945
USS Ray (Cdr. W.T. Kinsella) sank a small Japanese vessel with gunfire off the Malaya coast in position 06°45'N, 101°39'E.

3 Aug 1945
USS Ray (Cdr. W.T. Kinsella) sank 3 small Japanese vessel with gunfire in the Gulf of Siam in position 09°51'N, 99°15'E.

4 Aug 1945
USS Ray (Cdr. W.T. Kinsella) sank 3 small Japanese vessels with gunfire in the Gulf of Siam in position 10°52'N, 99°28'E, and 2 more in position 11°12'N, 99°36'E.

5 Aug 1945
USS Ray (Cdr. W.T. Kinsella) sank 2 small Japanese vessel with gunfire in the Gulf of Siam in position 11°29'N, 99°39'E.

7 Aug 1945
USS Ray (Cdr. W.T. Kinsella) sank 24 !!! small Japanese vessel with gunfire in the Gulf of Siam in position 10°05'N, 99°28'E.

13 Aug 1945
With her ammunition stock depleted USS Ray (Cdr. W.T. Kinsella) arrived Subic Bay, Philippines to end her 8th war patrol.

Media links


U. S. Submarines in World War II

Kimmett, Larry and Regis, Margaret


U.S. Submarines Through 1945

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