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Tarpon (SS-175)

Radio Call Sign: November - Echo - Bravo - Foxtrot

Shark Class Submarine: Laid down, 22 December 1933, at Electric Boat Company, Groton, CT.; Launched, 4 September 1935; Commissioned, USS Tarpon (SS-175), 12 March 1936; Decommissioned, 15 November 1945, at Boston, MA.; Placed in service as a Naval Reserve training ship at New Orleans, LA., 17 April 1947; Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 5 September 1956; Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, foundered while under tow off Cape Hatteras, NC, 26 August 1957. Tarpon received seven battle stars for World War II service.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 1,316 t., Submerged: 1,968 t.; Length 298' 1" ; Beam 25' 1"; Draft 13' 10"; Speed, Surfaced 19.5 kts, Submerged 8.25 kts; Complement 5 Officers 45 Enlisted; Armament, six 21" torpedo tubes, (including two deck firing tubes), 16 torpedoes, one 3"/50 deck gun, two .50 cal machine guns, two .30 cal machine guns; Propulsion, diesel-electric, Winton diesel engines, HP 4300, fuel capacity 86,675 gal., Elliot Motor Co. electric motors, HP 2085, battery cells, 240. twin screws.
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Tarpon430k Tarpon (SS-175) was sponsored by Miss Eleanore Katherine Roosevelt, daughter of Assistant Secretary of the Navy Henry L. Roosevelt.
As a young woman, Eleanor Katherine Roosevelt appeared in a 1937 magazine ad for Pondís skin cream, with Roosevelt Hall and Skaneateles Lake as a scenic backdrop.
Photo & text courtesy of kihm6.wordpress.com.
Photo added 08/14/16.
Tarpon 121k Commemorative post mark on the occasion of the Tarpon's (SS-175) launching on 4 September 1935. Courtesy of Tommy Trammp.
Tarpon 87k Senior Navy officials attend the Tarpon's (SS-175) launching ceremonies, at the Electric Boat Company shipyard, Groton, Connecticut, 4 September 1935. Those present are, from left to right: Assistant Secretary of the Navy Henry L. Roosevelt; Rear Admiral Edward C. Kalbfus, President, Naval War College; Rear Admiral Harold G. Bowen, Chief, Bureau of Engineering; Rear Admiral Emory S. Land, Chief, Bureau of Construction and Repair; and Admiral William H. Standley, Chief of Naval Operations. Official USN photo USNHC # 99007, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Tarpon 70k Commemorative post mark on the occasion of the Tarpon's (SS-175) commissioning, 12 March 1936. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Tarpon 15k Commemorative post mark on the occasion of the Tarpon's (SS-175) shakedown cruise and ports of call, 1 May 1936. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Tarpon 28k Commemorative post mark on the occasion of Tarpon's (SS-175) shakedown cruise, 16 June 1936. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Tarpon 25k Commemorative post mark on the occasion of Independence Day on the Tarpon (SS-175), 4 July 1936. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Tarpon 186k Tarpon (SS-175), possibly off Groton CT., circa 1936. Electric Boat photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
SS-172 119k Holland (AS-3) with seven submarines alongside, circa 1936-1939. These "boats" are, from left to right:
Nautilus (SS-168);
Narwhal (SS-167);
Shark (SS-174), marked "P3";
Dolphin (SS-169), marked "D1";
Porpoise (SS-172), marked "P1";
Pike (SS-173), marked "P2"; and
Tarpon (SS-175), marked "P4".
NH # 3036, courtesy of U.S. Naval Historical Center.
SS-172 82k Holland (AS-3) with seven submarines alongside, circa 1936-1939. These "boats" are, from left to right:
Nautilus (SS-168);
Narwhal (SS-167);
Shark (SS-174), marked "P3";
Dolphin (SS-169), marked "D1";
Porpoise (SS-172), marked "P1";
Pike (SS-173), marked "P2"; and
Tarpon (SS-175), marked "P4".
NH # 3037, courtesy of U.S. Naval Historical Center.
SS-172 90k Holland (AS-3) with seven submarines alongside, circa 1936-1939. These "boats" are, from left to right:
Nautilus (SS-168);
Narwhal (SS-167);
Shark (SS-174), marked "P3";
Dolphin (SS-169), marked "D1";
Porpoise (SS-172), marked "P1";
Pike (SS-173), marked "P2"; and
Tarpon (SS-175), marked "P4".
NH # 3038, courtesy of U.S. Naval Historical Center.
SS-172 96k Holland (AS-3) with seven submarines alongside, circa 1936-1939. These "boats" are, from left to right:
Nautilus (SS-168);
Narwhal (SS-167);
Shark (SS-174), marked "P3";
Dolphin (SS-169), marked "D1";
Porpoise (SS-172), marked "P1";
Pike (SS-173), marked "P2"; and
Tarpon (SS-175), marked "P4".
NH # 3039, courtesy of U.S. Naval Historical Center.
Perch97kSix U.S. Navy submarines nested together, circa 1939-1941. Probably seen from Canopus (AS-9) in Manila Bay, Philippines. The inboard submarine is not identified. The others are (from left to right):
Pike (SS-173);
Tarpon (SS-175);
Porpoise (SS-172);
Perch (SS-176); and
Permit (SS-178).
Collection of Jack L. Wheat, who served in Canopus. USN photo # NH 99672, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
Tarpon 55k Commemorative post mark on the occasion of the Tarpon's (SS-175) first year in commission, 12 March 1937. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Tarpon 124k Tarpon (SS-175) recovering a practice torpedo, during exercises off San Diego, California, 22 August 1937. OfficialUSN photo USNHC # NH 63184, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Tarpon 72k Tarpon (SS-175) underway on the surface, circa 1937. Official USN photo USNHC # NH 41924, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Tarpon 78k Tarpon (SS-175) underway on the surface, circa 1937. Crewmen appear to be preparing to bring her 3"/50 deck gun into action. Official USN photo USNHC # 41928, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Tarpon 91k Tarpon (SS-175) submerging, with her foredeck awash, circa 1937. Official USN photo USNHC # 41918, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Tarpon 107k Tarpon (SS-175) underway while nearly submerged, circa 1937. Official USN photo USNHC # 41929, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Tarpon 91k Tarpon (SS-175) running submerged, with her periscope extended, circa 1937. Official USN photo USNHC # 41927, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Tarpon 98k Tarpon (SS-175) underway with her deck awash, circa 1937. Official USN photo USNHC # 41930, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Tarpon 20k Commemorative post mark and photo inset of the Tarpon (SS-175), 6 May 1938. During this time, she operated out of San Diego and Pearl Harbor with Submarine Division (SubDiv) 13 for several years and was then assigned to SubDiv 14. Courtesy of Jack Treutle. Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
Tarpon 1.6m A Mare Island built 50' motor launch #13174 taken on 25 July 1938 with the Tarpon (SS-175) on the left in dry dock #1 at Mare Island. USN photo # 821-38, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Tarpon 93k Drawing of the Tarpon (SS-175) underway on the surface, circa 1938, with a PBY Catalina overhead. Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
SS-172 129kHandwritten on the back reads: "This is the series of "P" Boats built in '38-'39; Pike (SS-173), Porpoise (SS-172), Permit (SS-178), Shark (SS-174) ,& Tarpon (SS-175). Picture was taken in San Diego - The Pike & Porpoise are the only ones afloat today."
From left to right: Shark, Permit, Perch, Porpoise, Tarpon & Pike. "This Picture has been Officially released by the Navy Department."
USN photo courtesy of m.flickr.com via Bill Gonyo.
Tarpon 18k Commemorative post mark on the occasion of Xmas day on the Tarpon (SS-175), 25 December 1938. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Tarpon 1.30k Tarpon (SS-175) entering Pearl Harbor witht the signature trademark of the photographer Tai Sing Loo's palm tree, circa pre war. USN photo by Tai Sing Loo, courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org.
Tarpon 173k Tarpon (SS-175) secure at dock. USN photo of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
Tarpon 140k "Relaxation down below. Men off watch in the Tarpon (SS-175) enjoy a breather. All is not work in the pressure hull, where there is elbow room for a game of acey-ducey, a letter from home, some casual banter, or a bit of shut-eye. But "Battle Stations!" could turn the above scene into a blur of motion." Text and photo courtesy of Theodore Roscoe, from his book "U.S. Submarine Operations of WW II",, published by USNI.
Tarpon 228k The Tarpon (SS-175) is seen off Mare Island on a trial run on 18 September 1942. USN photo # 5750-42, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Tarpon 65k Tarpon (SS-175) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, at the conclusion of an overhaul, 30 September 1942. Official USN photo USNHC # 19-N-35369, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Tarpon 68k Tarpon (SS-175) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, at the conclusion of an overhaul, 30 September 1942. Note barrage balloons in the distance. Official USN photo USNHC # 19-N-35370, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Tarpon 124k Tarpon (SS-175) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, at the conclusion of an overhaul, 30 September 1942. Courtesy of John Hummel. Official USN photo USNHC # 19-N-35371, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Tarpon 90k Tarpon (SS-175) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, at the conclusion of an overhaul, 30 September 1942. Note the two recently installed external bow torpedo tubes. Official USN photo USNHC # 99008, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Tarpon 90k Stern view of the Tarpon (SS-175) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, at the conclusion of an overhaul, 30 September 1942. OfficialUSN photo USNHC # 99009, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Tarpon 80k Tarpon (SS-175) at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, at the conclusion of an overhaul, 24 September 1942. Circles mark recent alterations to the ship. Official USN photo USNHC # 19-N-35372, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Tarpon 90k Stern view of the Tarpon (SS-175) at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, at the conclusion of an overhaul, 24 September 1942. Circles mark recent alterations to the ship. Official USN photo USNHC # 19-N-35373, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Tarpon 194k Tarpon (SS-175) then returned to Pearl Harbor for a refit and began her next patrol from there on 10 January 1943. Her assigned area was in Japanese home waters, south of Honshu. At 2130 on 1 February, approximately 27 miles south of Mikurashima, the submarine fired four torpedoes at a ship and scored one hit. A follow-up attack with two torpedoes broke the 10,935-ton passenger-cargo ship Fushima Maru in two. Text courtesy of DANFS.
Photo courtesy of Tommy Trammp.
Tarpon 68k Tarpon (SS-175) conducted her ninth war patrol off the coast of Honshu from 1 October to 3 November 1943. On the night of 16 October, she was patrolling the approaches to Yokohama when she sighted a ship which she tentatively identified as a large auxiliary. The submarine tracked the target until 0156 the next morning when she attacked it with four torpedoes which stopped it dead in the water. However, it soon got underway again and headed straight for Tarpon. The submarine submerged, went under the ship, and attacked the target from the other side with three more torpedoes which produced one hit in the stern. The enemy still did not sink, so Tarpon fired again with a torpedo which struck the target in the same place as the first. The vessel exploded and disappeared. Postwar examination of enemy records revealed that the victim was the German commerce raider Michel, (Shiff-28) which had been preying on Allied shipping in both the Atlantic and the Pacific. Michel was the first German raider sunk by a United States submarine in the Pacific. Text courtesy of DANFS.
Photo courtesy of Robert Hurst.
Tarpon 29k Conning tower of Tarpon (SS-175), at South Boston Navy Yard, circa 15 November 1945 to 4 February 1946. This photo clearly shows Tarpon's World War II record of enemy vessels sunk. Note she sank one German warship in addition to 12 Japanese ships. Photo by Vincent Grobbel, BM1, USCG, Davenport (PF-69), courtesy of Mike Grobbel.
Tarpon 22k Photo composite of the pressure hull from the stern to just aft of the conning tower of the Tarpon (SS-175) off the North Carolina coast in about 140 feet of water. Photo by nc-wreckdiving.com. & Paul M. Hudy.
Fremantle 365k This plaque was unveiled 20 March 1995 by His Excellency Major General P.M. Jeffery OA MC, Govenor of Western Australia to commemeorate the sacrifices made by Allied submarined that operated out of Fremantle, Western Australia during WW II. Photo courtesy of Ron Reeves.

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DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation
Fleet Reserve Association

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Ep-21 (1) - Victory At Sea ~ Full Fathom Five - HQ
PigBoats.COM TM, A Historic Look at Submarines.
Diving on the Tarpon.

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