Tuesday, April 26, 2011

STILL ON PATROL.....USN SUBMARINES

USS PAMPANITO's "kill flag .6 war missions,6kills and 4 damaged ships. the cross and # 73 represents the British and Australian POW rescued at sea from a sunk enemy ship...

Dressed for the part ...

Getting in .I'm 5"6 ,so that will give you an idea of the size ....





Engine controls......


Forward.....

Toward the "war room".....


Diving controls....

Toward the torpedo room......

Shut down valve.....

Torpedo room...

I'm out.....



Yesterday i took a little trip to pier45,here in SF. The following pictures are dedicated to the brave men of the United States Navy submarine force in World War II.

The heroic efforts of American submarines during the Pacific war is frequently overlooked and sadly understated. Military historians fully agree that the submarine campaign,ultimately helped to bring about a much swifter, and victorious conclusion to the war with Japan.

World War II submarines typically carried a crew of 70 men and 10 officers. The submarine service was a small, well trained, elite group. They represented less than two percent of all U.S. Navy personnel, and yet they were responsible for fifty-five percent of all Japanese tonnage sunk, including one third of their warships. This was not without cost, for the submarine force recorded the highest percentage of men lost in the U.S. military, 24%: more than 3500 men in 52 submarines did not return. They are said to be on eternal patrol. To this day all submariners are volunteers.USS Pampanito and her crew were successful during her 6 war patrols in the Pacific.

5 comments:

  1. Unbelievable Patrick, fantastic stuff!
    Loved the photos and the dedication. Also realized we are the same height, maybe you should send the Papa" your hand me downs", the USN denims look great!

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  2. glad you liked this post papa. i've passed by so many times over the 8 years i've been in SF and for some strange reasons,never went inside until yesterday .perhaps because there were no tourists for once ....

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  3. Great idea, and terrific long-armed shots. But, hey sailor, where's the pic of the ice cream maker. De rigeur on all US subs.

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