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  USS Golet SS-361
Balao Class Submarine

1,550 Tons
311' 6" x 27' 3" x 16' 10"
10 × 21-inch torpedo tubes
1 × 5" deck gun
1 x 40mm AA gun
1 x 20mm cannon

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Built at Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company of Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Launched August 1, 1943 sponsored by Mrs. Wiley, wife of U. S. Senator Alexander Wiley of Wisconsin. Commissioned November 30. 1943 with Lt. Commander James M. Clement in command. Named "Golet" after the Golet California trout. Ferried down the Mississippi River through the Panama Canal to Pearl Harbor.

First War Patrol
On March 18, 1944 departed Pearl Harbor to patrol the Kuriles and the area south of Hokkaido and east of Honshu. Bad weather conditions and ice were encountered. Only one target came into view, and was too fast for the submarine. No sinking or damage to enemy ships was recorded.

Second War Patrol
Enroute to her second patrol, command was given to Lt. Commander J. S. Clark. On May 28, 1944 departed Midway to patrol the area off the northeast coast of Honshu. No word was heard from the submarine after it departed.

Sinking History
On June 14, 1944 Japanese reported a depth charge attack in a submarine and noted “On the spot of fighting we later discovered corks, raft, etc and heavy oil pool of 50 by 5,200 meters”.

On July 5, 1944 Golet was scheduled to depart her patrol area and return to Midway. On July 9, 1944, she was sent a message which required acknowledgement, but no reply was recieved, nor did she return to Midway as expected on July 12 or 13. On July 26, 1944 the submarine and entire crew of eighty-two was officially presumed lost.

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Last Updated
May 26, 2019


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