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Gato Class Submarine
1,525 Tons (surfaced)
2,424 Tons (submerged)
311' x 27' 3" x 17"
10 × 21" torpedo tubes
(6 fwd, 4 aft)
with 24 torpedoes
1 x 3" 50 cal deck gun
2 × 20mm MG
2 × 40mml AA
Built by Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. Laid down July 14, 1941. Launched January 5, 1942. Comissioned May 4, 1942 under the command of Lieutenant Commander Johnson.
On July 5, 1942 arrives at New London, Connecticut, then on July 23, 1942 arrives at Newport, Rhode Island for torpedo testing until October 3, 1942.
First War Patrol
Second War Patrol
Third War Patrol
Fourth War Patrol
Fifth War Patrol
Sixth War Patrol
On January 1 1944 off Aogashima, Herring fired three torpedoes from the surface and scores a hit on aircraft transport Nagoya Maru roughly 220 miles south-southwest of Tokyo Bay at 32°10'N, 138°37'E. Afterwards, Ikazuchi counter attacks the submarine unsuccessfully.
Seventh War Patrol
On May 31, 1944 rendezvous with USS Barb in the Sea of Okhotsk roughly 150 miles west of Matsuwa (Matua) to attack Japanese shipping in the area. Later that day Herring attacked a convoy. A torpedo hits frigate Ishigaki (860 tons) that blows off the bow. Before sinking, the damaged vessel manages to drop several depth charges on the submarine. Also sunk is Army cargo ship Hokuyo Maru (1590 tons) west of Matsuwa (Matua) at roughly Lat 48°00'N, Long 153°00'E.
During the night of May 31, 1944 Herring was patrolling off Matsuwa (Matua) and torpedoed two vessels at anchor off the island, sinking Iwaki Maru (3,124 tons) cargo vessel Hiburi Maru (4366 tons) at Lat 48°00'N Long 153°00'E.
Herring was the only American submarine sunk by a shore battery during World War II. She earned five battle stars for her service for her World War II service.
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