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the list of 52 LOST BOATS of World War Two as designated by the SubVets of WWII
Hawaii

ARGONAUT (SS-166)
ARGONAUT Bell - PH Chapel
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The bell of ARGONAUT is all that remains from a Lost Boat.
It is installed in the Pearl Harbor SubBase Chapel
Read story by Colonel Jones USMCR here

 

BOWFIN (SS-287)
Pacific Fleet Submarine Memorial Assn., Inc.
11 Arizona Memorial Drive
Honolulu, HI 96818
(808) 423-1341

USS BOWFIN SS-287
New page on this great memorial park at Pearl Harbor.
HNSA

The following BOWFIN site information was provided by
John Peters Captain USN(Ret)

Memorial and WWII Submarine Museum has the boat open, the conning tower of a WWII fleet boat cut open for visitors, weapons on display from the WWII torpedoes to Poseidon missile.  The displays are a mix of old and modern. Tomahawk, Harpoon, SubRoc, MK 48, 37, 27, 16, 14 torpedoes, Regulus I, Polaris A2, A3, Poseidon C3, the diving stand from an S3W boat, the BCP and FCS from a George Washington class.

The memorials are only to the WWII boats including all those lost not on the 52 boats.

There is a stone with photo and description of patrol for the 52 boats, and a stone with description for others including the CSP staff guys killed in a plane crash.

The SeaWolf Memorial Park has the bridge and deck guns from a WWII Fleet Boat (Ramage's ???), some 7 blade props and such, and brass plaques with the list of names on the 52 WWII boats, and a brass plaque for other submariners.(53)

PARCHE (SS-384)

SS-384

             

SubBase
Pearl Harbor, HI
Bridge structure,
shears & upper gun

 

Bowfin Memorial Park
Pearl Harbor, HI
Conning Tower

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Punchbowl "National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific"
Located on the island of Oahu. There are eight marble courts which contain the names of
26,280 MIA from WWII and Korea. Also the walls are etched with maps of the Pacific battles.
PH SubPlaque
A Memorial Walk goes from the main memorial area to the Lookout with a great view of Honolulu and Diamond Head. Near the top of the walk on your right is a granite boulder with a brass plaque Memorial to all those who lost their lives in United States Submarines.
(Image and text from John Peters)
Arizona Memorial
This is probably the United State's most famous Memorial. It commemorates the 1,177 crewman on the ARIZONA and also commemorates the attack on Pearl Harbor in which the crew of the USS TAUTOG SS-199 became the first US submarine to claim a sinking when it's .50-caliber machine gun crew downed an attacking plane.
Pier Dedicated to Enlisted Medal of Honor Recipient!
June, 1999
A ribbon cutting ceremony opening Sierra Piers 8 and 9, Naval Station, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was held Friday, 18 June 1999, in a dedication of Petty Officer Henry Breaultís heroism. Breault was the first enlisted submariner ever to earn the Medal of Honor. Rear Adm. Al Konetzni, Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet was guest speaker.
Go to the NAMES PROJECT for the news article
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NAUTILUS - Arctic transit plaque
There is also a plaque mounted on the pier at Pearl Harbor Submarine Base from
where the USS NAUTILUS SSN-571 departed on her historic transit of the Arctic Pole.
Pearl Harbor
Subase Chapel
Built by volunteer craftsmen from the SUBASE Carpenter and Building shops, the Subase Chapel was dedicated September 10, 1944 in honor of submariners who died in World War II. From inside, a small submarine can be seen in the lower portion of each window duplicating the original colored glass windows which were replaced in 1959. The church bell still hanging in the steeple was donated by the crew of the USS ARGONAUT (SS-166) before leaving on their third war patrol. The ARGONAUT never returned. Sunk in action off Rabaul on January 10, 1943, all 105 hands aboard were lost.
But their bell tolls on in their honor.   SOURCE - PEARL HARBOR NAVAL BASE

Historic Submarine Memorial Chapel Windows Dedicated to Lost Boats!
SOURCE - COMSUBPAC
 
More about the PH Chapel and the Bells. A "must read":
The Bells Left Behind  Article & Pictures by Colonel A. Jones USMCR.
Copied from UNDERSEA WARFARE MAGAZINE
Pearl Harbor
SUBASE Berth, Sierra-11
The words on this sign provide a very brief history of the all but forgotten tragedy of USS F-4. However, this plain looking sign out on a pier in Pearl Harbor isn't the memorial that we seek to highlight here. In fact, one could say that what a few submariners did in the last year of the 20th century is the memorial. Their efforts to provide a proper marker for the common grave of seventeen USS F-4 crewmembers in Arlington Cemetery is the true memorial.
 
Their endeavors involved not only raising the funds, doing the research and transporting a grave marker half way around the world but also working around some bureaucratic rules. In the end they prevailed.
 
The new headstone is in place at Arlington National Cemetery. The old one is now under the custody of COMSUBLANT and is permanently displayed in Hawaii.
This is the story of the USS F-4 gravestone replacement memorial.
WWII Submarine Memorial on the Submarine Base

Much of the information about these two memorials was
provided by John Clear EMC(SS) USN(Ret)
submarine@waypt.com
   His website

TWO MAJOR SUBMARINE MEMORIALS AT PEARL HARBOR

There are two submarine memorials to the lost World War Two boats on Oahu.

The first, as shown above is the oldest (approximately late 1950s) and is located within the main Pearl Harbor Base, just inside the entrance to the Subase on a peninsula of Pearl and the base. It is, as shown, a single wall with the plaques.

There is also on display in the same small park the open shears structure, fairwater and upper deck gun of the USS PARCHE SS-384.

This memorial was never very accessible to the public as they had to have a reason to be on base to begin with.

During my twilight cruise as Supervisor of Shop 51B at Subase, it was our electricians working after hours that helped bring the Bowfin out of mothballs and powered her up in her present location.

Bowfin Park, Pacific Fleet Submarine Memorial Association - museum, sub, and outdoor display/memorial area, all grew out of this initial effort.


The second major memorial site is the Bowfin Park.

It is physically located just outside of the base (north end) and immediately north of the Arizona Museum and landing (water taxi to the Arizona). The old ferry landing separates the two. I say old ferry because there is now a bridge to Ford Island just north of Bowfin Park.

Bowfin Memorial Park Entrance

Get more details. Visit the BOWFIN Memorial Park Website

There are 54 separate marble stones, each with a plaque with names and circumstances of loss for each boat.. This picture is from the cover of one of their pubs called "On Eternal Patrol". All these things available via their web site and free catalog.

This placement allows the public to more readily visit both memorials. One can visit everything outdoors at Bowfin including the gift shop but must pay for the museum and the boat itself.

The USS BOWFIN SS-287 Memorial and WWII Submarine Museum also has the
conning tower of the USS PARCHE SS-384 cut open for visitor viewing.

Weapons are on display from the WWII torpedoes to Poseidon missile. The displays are a mix of old and modern and include Tomahawk, Harpoon, SubRoc, MK 48, 37, 27, 16, 14 torpedoes, Regulus I, Polaris A2, A3, Poseidon C3, the diving stand from an S3W boat, the BCP and FCS from a Geo Washington class.

WAHOO Plaque - Bowfin Submarine Museum, Pearl Harbor
Bowfin Submarine Museum
WAHOO Plaque
Mush Morton's great grandniece Julia MacKinnon standing before the
Wahoo Memorial plaque. (Bowin Submarine Museum, Pearl Harbor)


Image and text copied from the
USS BOWFIN Submarine Museum section of the following website
http://www.emackinnon.com/wahoo-submuseum.html

Text from plaque:


CDR. D. W. MORTON,
USN COMMANDING OFFICER
LOST AT SEA, 11 OCTOBER 1943

IF ONE SUBMARINE COULD BE SAID TO EMBODY THE SPRIT AND PRIDE OF THE U.S. SUBMARINE FORCE, IT WOULD PROBABLY BE WAHOO. CERTAINLY THE ENEMY CONVOYS UNFORTUNATE ENOUGH TO ENCOUNTER HER WOULD AGREE THAT SHE CONTRIBUTED MORE THAN HER SHARE TO THE WAR EFFORT. THEY OFTEN REPORTED BEING ATTACKED BY MORE THAN ONE SUBMARINE, A FACT THAT EARNED WAHOO THE NICKNAME "THE ONE-SUBMARINE WOLF PACK."

HER BRASH YOUNG COMMANDING OFFICER, COMMANDER DUDLEY W. "MUSH" MORTON, WAS THE EPITOME OF THE WARRIOR-SUBMARINER: DARING, TENACIOUS AND AGGRESSIVE. HER AND WAHOO'S FIGHTING CREW RAVAGED THE PACIFIC, SINKING AT LEAST 20 ENEMY SHIPS TOTALING OVER 60,000 TONS IN JUST OVER A YEAR.

WAHOO INSPIRED THE SUBMARINE FORCE WITH A SWASHBUCKLING STYLE THAT INCLUDED LIVELY RADIO MESSAGES, "DOWN THE THROAT" TORPEDO SHOTS, AND BROOMS LASHED TO HER PERISCOPE TO SIGNIFY A CLEAN SWEEP OF ENEMY SHIPPING. IN THE WAR IN THE PACIFIC, FEW SHIPS ACHIEVED A MORE LEGENDARY STATUS. ON 2 DECEMBER 1943, THE U.S. SUBMARINE FORCE WAS DEALT A SHOCKING BLOW WHEN IT WAS REPORTED THAT WAHOO, HAVING DEPARTED MIDWAY ISLAND ON 13 SEPTEMBER TO COMMENCE HER SEVENTH WAR PATROL AGAINST THE ENEMY, WAS OVERDUE AND PRESUMED LOST.

SHE IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN SUNK ON 11 OCTOBER BY A COMBINATION OF AIR, LAND AND SEA ANTI-SUBMARINE FOCUS IN LA PEROUSE STRAIT, NORTH OF HOKKAIDO.

Regulus Memorial Park
Also located In the Bowfin Museum Complex
Waterfront view, Bowfin Memorial Park
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