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S-43 (SS-154)

Radio Call Sign: November - India - Papa - Papa

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal (with Sea Clasp)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

S-42 Class Submarine: Laid down, 13 December 1920, at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., Quincy, MA.; Launched, 31 March 1923; Commissioned, USS S-43 (SS-154), 31 December 1924; Decommissioned, 10 October 1945, at San Francisco, CA.; Struck from the Naval Register, 13 November 1945; Final Disposition, sold for scrapping on 7 December 1946.
Partial data submitted by Yves Hubert.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 903 t., Submerged: 1126 t..; Length 225' 3"; Beam 20' 8"; Draft 13' 1"; Speed, surfaced 14.5 kts, submerged 11 kts; Depth Limit 200'; Complement 4 Officers, 34 Enlisted; Armament, four 21" torpedo tubes, 12 torpedoes, one 4"/50 deck gun; Propulsion, diesel electric engines, New London Ship and Engine Co., diesel engines, 1,200 hp, Fuel Capacity, 46,363 gal.; Electro Dynamic Co., electric motors, 1,200 hp, Battery Cells, 120, twin propellers.
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SS 153 270k Typical of the last E.B.'s S-boats S-42-47 (SS-153-58) is shown as in 1924-25 (the date of final changes to the original plans is illegible). These boats were part of a second, redesigned series. They were lengthened enough to accomodate both the new 4in/50 gun & the gun access hatch shown (arrowed) forward of the conning tower fairwater (it is the main visual difference between these and earlier E.B. units) Drawing & Text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Naval Institute Press.
US Fleet Problem Number VI 1.72k Control Force Employment Schedule, 4 January to 1 March 1926. US Fleet Problem Number VI. Photo courtesy of Steve Ireland.
Photo added 01/25/17.
SS 154 117k S-43 (SS-154) at San Diego during the 1920s or 1930s. Note Langley (CV-1) in background. USN photo # NH 42171, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
SS 154 87k S-43 (SS-154) in Balboa Harbor, Panama Canal Zone, during the 1920s. S-44 (SS-155) is in the left center background and several ships of the U.S. Fleet are in the right distance. Photo courtesy of Mrs. D.M. Corn, in memory of Dr. K.L. Rosenkrance, 1970. USN photo # NH 78909, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
Squadron 20 76k From left to right; S-43 (SS-154), V-1 (SS-163), V-3 (SS-165) & Argonne (AS-10) at the sub base in Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone. Between December 1927 and May 1932 V-1, served with Squadron 20 on routine operations with the fleet along the west coast, in the Hawaiian Islands, and in the Caribbean. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri. Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
Holland 102k Holland (AS-3) moored at San Diego, CA., circa 1930. Submarines alongside, apparently holding inspection, are (from inboard):
V-3 (SF-6), later Bonita (SS-165);
V-2 (SF-5)
, later Bass (SS-164);
S-45 (SS-156);
S-43 (SS-154);
S-44 (SS-155)
; and
S-42 (SS-153).
USN photo # NH 53437, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
SS 153 184k From left to right:
S-47 (SS-158), S-42 (SS-153), S-43 (SS-154) & Barracuda (SS-163) at the sub base in Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone, probably circa early 1936.
USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
S-boats 327k Submarine Division 11 is shown moored together here in this photograph, probably taken in 1936 at the Submarine Base in Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone. Shown are the S-46 (SS-157), S-43 (SS-154), S-47 (SS-158), S-42 (SS-153), S-44 (SS-155), and S-45 (SS-156). Photo i.d. & text courtesy of Dave Johnston, USNR.
USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
SS 154 94k Starboard side view of the S-43 (SS-154) off the San Francisco coast, 24 January, 1944. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
SS 154 94k Broadside view of the S-43 (SS-154) off the San Francisco coast, 24 January, 1944. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
SS 154 114k Bow on view of the S-43 (SS-154) off San Francisco on 24 January 1944. Oakland Bay bridge is in the background. USN photo # 549-44 courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
SS 154 109k Broadside view of the S-43 (SS-154) off San Francisco on 24 January 1944. Unidentified AK in the background. USN photo # 551-44 courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
SS 154 139k Stern view of the S-43 (SS-154) off San Francisco on 24 January 1944. USN photo # 553-44 courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
SS 154 192k Aft plan view of the S-43 (SS-154) at Bethlehem Shipbuilding in San Francisco on 26 January 1944. The scaffolding belongs to the Sailfish (SS-192) to the right; Shad (SS-235) is forward of S-43 (SS-154), and unknown covered barge is berthed between Shad and Sailfish. USN photo # 642-44 courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Dave Johnston.
SS 154 201k Forward plan view of the S-43 (SS-154) at Bethlehem Shipbuilding in San Francisco on 26 January 1944. A floating dry dock is berthed at the opposite pier. USN photo # 643-44 courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.

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