Allied Warships

S-37 (SS-142)

Submarine of the S-1 class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassS-1 
Pennant142 
Built byUnion Iron Works (San Francisco, California, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down12 Dec 1918 
Launched20 Jun 1919 
Commissioned16 Jul 1923 
End service6 Feb 1945 
History

Decommissioned 6 February 1945.
Stricken 23 February 1945.
sunk as a target off Imperial Beach, California 20 February 1945 .

 

Commands listed for USS S-37 (142)

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CommanderFromTo
1Thomas Lawrence Greene, USN17 Jul 193722 Jun 1940
2Lt. Walter Gale Ebert, USN22 Jun 194011 Aug 1941
3Lt. James Charles Dempsey, USN11 Aug 194126 Feb 1942
4Lt. James Richard Zinck Reynolds, USN26 Feb 1942Jul 1942
5Lt. Thomas Slack Baskett, USNJul 1942Feb 1944
6Robert C. Huston, USNRFeb 1944Dec 1944
7Quintin R. Thompson, USNDec 19446 Feb 1945

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Notable events involving S-37 include:


9 Dec 1941
USS S-37 (Lt. J.C. Dempsey) departed from Manila Bay for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Verde Island Passage.

19 Dec 1941
USS S-37 (Lt. J.C. Dempsey) returns to Manila Bay to refuel and restore. She departed from for her 2nd war patrol the same day. Initially she was ordered to patrol the Calavite Passage.

2 Jan 1942
USS S-37 (Lt. J.C. Dempsey) patrols in the Basilan Strait.

4 Jan 1942
USS S-37 (Lt. J.C. Dempsey) patrols off Jolo Island.

12 Jan 1942
USS S-37 (Lt. J.C. Dempsey) patrols off Tarakan, Netherlands East Indies.

15 Jan 1942
USS S-37 (Lt. J.C. Dempsey) was ordered to leave the Tarakan area and proceed to Surabaya, Java, Netherlands East Indies.

23 Jan 1942
USS S-37 (Lt. J.C. Dempsey) ended her 2nd war patrol at Surabaya.

2 Feb 1942
USS S-37 (Lt. J.C. Dempsey) departed from Surabaya for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Makassar Strait.

8 Feb 1942
USS S-37 (Lt. J.C. Dempsey) torpedoed and sank the Japanese destroyer Natsushio (offsite link) about 22 nautical miles south of Makassar, Celebes in position 05°10'S, 119°24'E.

18 Feb 1942
USS S-37 (Lt. J.C. Dempsey) patrols off Lombok Strait.

21 Feb 1942
USS S-37 (Lt. J.C. Dempsey) ended her 3rd war patrol at Surabaya.

27 Feb 1942
USS S-37 (Lt. J.R. Reynolds) departed from Surabaya for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Java Sea.

22 Jun 1942
With her overhaul completed USS S-37 (Lt. J.R. Reynolds) departed from Brisbane for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Bismarck Archipelago.

8 Jul 1942
USS S-37 (Lt. J.R. Reynolds) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport Tenzan Maru (2775 GRT) about 30 nautical miles west-north-west of Rabaul in position 04°00'S, 151°50'E. S-37 is depth charged by the Japanese submarine chaser Ch-30 but she is able to escape undamaged.

21 Jul 1942
USS S-37 (Lt. J.R. Reynolds) ended her 5th war patrol at Brisbane.

17 Aug 1942
USS S-37 (Lt. T.S. Baskett) departed from Brisbane for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Guadalcanal.

13 Sep 1942
USS S-37 (Lt. T.S. Baskett) ended her 6th war patrol at Brisbane.

19 Oct 1942
USS S-37 (Lt. T.S. Baskett) departed from Brisbane for her 7th (and final) war patrol. She was ordered to proceed to Noumea to make a defensive patrol in that area.

5 Nov 1942
USS S-37 (Lt. T.S. Baskett) departed from her patrol area bound for Pearl Harbor. After an overhaul at San Diego she is assigned to training duties.

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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