Allied Warships

S-31 (SS-136)

Submarine of the S-1 class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassS-1 
Pennant136 
Built byUnion Iron Works (San Francisco, California, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down13 Apr 1918 
Launched28 Dec 1918 
Commissioned11 May 1922 
End service19 Oct 1945 
History

Decommissioned 4 October 1922.
Recommissioned 8 March 1923.
Decommissioned 7 December 1937.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet.
Recommissioned 18 September 1940.
Decommissioned 19 October 1945.
Stricken 1 November 1945.
Sold in May 1946 and broken up for scrap.

 

Commands listed for USS S-31 (136)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Mannert Lincoln Abele, USN18 Sep 1940Nov 1941
2Thomas F. Williamson, USNNov 194110 Aug 1942
3Robert Frederick Sellars, USN10 Aug 1942Dec 1943
4William R. Lennox, USNRDec 1943Oct 1944
5William N. Durley, USNR1 Oct 194419 Oct 1945

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Notable events involving S-31 include:


10 Mar 1942
USS S-31 (Lt.Cdr. T.F. Williamson) departed from Coco Solo, Panama for a defensive war patrol.

31 Mar 1942
USS S-31 (Lt.Cdr. T.F. Williamson) returns to Coco Solo, Panama.

14 Apr 1942
USS S-31 (Lt.Cdr. T.F. Williamson) departed from Coco Solo, Panama for another defensive war patrol.

13 May 1942
USS S-31 (Lt.Cdr. T.F. Williamson) returns to Coco Solo, Panama.

7 Jul 1942
USS S-31 (Lt.Cdr. T.F. Williamson) departed from Dutch Harbour, Alaska for her 1st offensive war patrol. She was ordered to patrol of the western Aleutians.

10 Aug 1942
The commanding officer of USS S-31, Lt.Cdr. T.F. Williamson is wounded by the accidental explosion of a flare. He dies of his wounds on the 28th.

S-31 also ended her 1st offensive war patrol at Dutch Harbour.

11 Aug 1942
USS S-31 (Lt. R.F. Sellars) departed from Dutch Harbour bound for San Diego, California. She is to serve at the Sound School there and in early 1943 she undergoes and overhaul.

26 Aug 1942
USS S-31 (Lt. R.F. Sellars) departed from Dutch Harbour for her 2nd offensive war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Adak.

28 Sep 1942
USS S-31 (Lt. R.F. Sellars) ended her 2nd offensive war patrol at Dutch Harbour.

13 Oct 1942
USS S-31 (Lt. R.F. Sellars) departed from Dutch Harbour for her 3rd offensive war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Kurils.

26 Oct 1942
USS S-31 (Lt. R.F. Sellars) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport ship Keizan Maru (2864 BRT) off Paramushiro, Kurils in position 50°10'N, 155°36'E.

8 Nov 1942
USS S-31 (Lt. R.F. Sellars) ended her 3rd offensive war patrol at Dutch Harbour.

11 Mar 1943
With her overhaul completed USS S-31 (Lt. R.F. Sellars) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 4th offensive war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Marshall Islands area.

9 Apr 1943
USS S-31 (Lt. R.F. Sellars) ended her 4th offensive war patrol at Noumea, New Caledonia.

5 Jul 1943
USS S-31 (Lt. R.F. Sellars) departed from Noumea, New Caledonia for her 5th offensive war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the New Hebrides.

26 Jul 1943
USS S-31 (Lt. R.F. Sellars) ended her 5th offensive war patrol at Noumea.

22 Aug 1943
USS S-31 (Lt. R.F. Sellars) departed from Noumea, New Caledonia for her 6th offensive war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the St. George Channel.

17 Sep 1943
USS S-31 (Lt. R.F. Sellars) ended her 6th offensive war patrol at Brisbane, Australia. She is now 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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