lost submarines from the list of 52 LOST BOATS of World War Two
as designated by the SubVets of WWII
Roger Maris Drive
USS ROBALO SS-273 MEMORIAL
Press Unveiling 15 September, 2003
James V. Brenan, State Commander, Presiding
Erected by North Dakota US Submarine
Veterans of WWII
|As one enters Lindenwood Park, a memorial
fountain and mirror pools amid an array of flags and flowerbeds greet the
visitor and set the mood for the park’s memorials.
The two-sided Robalo Memorial rests in a quiet and serene setting within the park, nestled in a copse of trees. On the one side is a short history of the Robalo and on the other is a listing of all personnel that were lost with her and who now remain on "Eternal: Patrol," in continuous service to our nation.
Benches for personal reflection surround the memorial. Each is etched with the name of a prominent North Dakota Navy veteran of WWII, including:
Commander Harold (Hal) Wright,
USS Robalo, a 1525-ton Gato class submarine, was built at Manitowoc, Wisconsin. She went into commission in late September 1943 and transited to the Pacific during the last part of that year. Her first war patrol, during the first months of 1944, began at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. It produced no sinkings and terminated at Fremantle, Australia.
Robalo left Fremantle in April 1944 to conduct her second patrol, this time targeting Japanese tanker traffic in the South China Sea. Her new Commanding Officer, Manning M. Kimmel, attacked several ships and was credited at the time with sinking one, though postwar review failed to confirm this.
In return the submarine was near-missed by enemy bombs that damaged her periscopes. Repaired after returning to Fremantle, she left for another patrol in June, en route back to the South China Sea.
On the night of 26 July 1944, while passing through the Balabac Strait, near Palawan, she apparently struck a mine and quickly sank. A few of her men swam ashore and were captured by the Japanese. However, either due to deliberate action by the enemy or through the hazards of war, none of Robalo's crew survived to the end of the conflict.
* Source: DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY - http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-r/ss273.htm
Webpage layout by Art Randall, Director Central Region, US SubVets Inc. & Associate Member US SubVets WWII
Photos by Jim Brenon, North Dakota State Commander, US SubVets WWII