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|70k||Commemorative postal cover marking the keel laying of Swordfish (SS-193), 27 October 1937.||Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).|
|53k||The Program of Special Events to mark Navy Day, 27 October 1937, at Mare Island which included the laying of the keel of the submarine Swordfish (SS-193).||USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|238k||Photo caption reads: Keel laying ceremonies. After remarks by Adm. C. J. Kempff, Mr. John T. Morrey (left - white arrow) & Mr. Henry J. Mitchell proceed to weld first section of keel of Swordfish (SS-193). Both men are in white coveralls. Mr. Morrey was Master Shipfitter and Mr. Mitchell was Master Outside Machine Shop, 27 October 1937.|
The big black thing sitting over the center of the keel plate is a welder's shed. With the crowd assembled, the weld would be done inside the enclosure which has smoked (shaded) glass around so the crowd could see the weld being made without the danger of eye damage. One couldn't ensure all present would avert their eyes from the welding arc.
|Text i.d. courtesy of Ric Hedman & Jim Christley.
USN photo # 1324-37, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
|73k||Commemorative postal cover marking the keel laying of Swordfish (SS-193), 27 October 1937, launching 1 April 1939 and first day of postal service in commission, 25 July 1939.||Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).|
|NR||A FISH TOOK TO THE SEA when the navy's new $85,000,000 submarine was launched at Mare Island navy yard, California, with Miss Louise Shaw Hepburn, niece of Admiral Arthur J. Hepburn, doing the honors. The 1,500-ton streamlined sub was named Swordfish (SS-193).||Image and text provided by Alaska State Library Historical Collections.|
Photo from The Nome Nugget. [volume] (Nome, Alaska) 1938-????, 26 May 1939, Image 3 via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
|1.60k||Swordfish (SS-193), ready for launching, at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, on 1 April 1939. This is the earliest known color Official Navy Photograph that can be precisely dated.||Text courtesy of photograph # 80-G-K-13791 via Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|283k||The Swordfish (SS-193) is seen going down the ways at Mare Island Navy Yard on 1 April 1939.||USN photo # 426-39, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|240k||Swordfish (SS-193) at the end of the ways at her launching ceremony 1 April 1939, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.||USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|869k||Broadside view afloat, Swordfish (SS-193), 1 April 1939.||USN photo # MI 442-39, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|844k||Swordfish (SS-193), afloat immediately after launching, off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, on 1 April 1939. Note the tug assisting from alongside her port bow.||Official USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|131k||Postal cover marking the launching of the Swordfish (SS-193) at Mare Island on 1 April 1939. Post mark from Pollack (SS-180).||Courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|70k||Commemorative postal cover marking the commissioning of the Swordfish (SS-193), 22 July 1939.||Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).|
|175k||The official party aboard Swordfish's (SS-193) commissioning ceremony at Mare Island on 22 July 1939. From left to right are: Radm D. W. Bagley, Commandant Mare Island; unidentified woman; Lt Chester C. Smith, Commanding Officer; Miss Louise Shaw Hepburn, Sponsor; Miss Betty Lou Kaffman, Maid of Honor; unidentifed officer, and Capt. J. L. Kauffman, Captain of the Yard.||USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|88k||Clipping from the 22 July 1994 issue of Mare Island's newspaper the Grapevine showing the commissioning ceremony of the Swordfish (SS-193) at Mare Island on 22 July 1939. Brant (AM-24) is in the background).||USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|64k||Commemorative postal cover marking the first deep dive of Swordfish (SS-193), 29 September 1939.||Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).|
|287k||Bow view of the Swordfish (SS-193) after her first deep dive, 29 September 1939.||USN photo # MI-1500-39 2, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|479k||Deep Submergence Certificate” received by my father, Jewell W. Webb in September, 1939 as a crew member of the Swordfish (SS-193).||USN photo courtesy of William J. Webb.|
|21k||Commemorative post mark on the occasion of the submarines
Squalus (SS-192) &
Swordfish (SS-193) honoring Navy Day, 27 October 1939.
|Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).|
|15k||Commemorative postal cover marking the Swordfish's (SS-193) shakedown cruise and ports of call, 23 December 1939.||Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).|
|566k||Swordfish (SS-193) underway, circa December 1939.||USN photo # 19-N-20867, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|18k||Commemorative postal cover marking the Swordfish's (SS-193) shakedown cruise to Portland Oregon, 7 January 1940.||Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).|
|62k||U.S. Naval Submarine Base, New London, Groton, Connecticut:|
Members of the 4th Command Class at the Submarine Base, February 1942.
Those present are, bottom row left to right:
Lieutenant Commander Mannert L. Abele; first command would be the Grunion (SS-216). He would be K.I.A. while commmanding the Grunion, 30 July 1942.
Lieutenant Commander Thomas B. Klakring; first command would be the Guardfish (SS-217),
Commander Karl G. Hensel, Officer in Charge;
Lieutenant Commander George W. Patterson, Jr., Senior Assistant; and
Lieutenant Commander Jesse L. Hull; first command would be the Finback (SS-230).
Top row, left to right:
Lieutenant Commander Howard W. Gilmore; first command would be the Growler (SS-215). He was postumously awarded the Medal of Honor after he was K.I.A. on the bridge of the Growler, 7 February 1943.
Lieutenant Commander Philip H. Ross; first command would be the Halibut (SS-232),
Lieutenant Commander Arthur H. Taylor; first command would be the Haddock (SS-231),
Lieutenant Commander Albert C. Burrows; first command would be the Swordfish (SS-193) and
Lieutenant Commander Leonard S. Mewhinney; first command would be the Saury (SS-189).
|Official USN photo # 80-G-88577, now in the collections of the National Archives. Courtesy of the USNHC.|
|573k||Swordfish (SS-193), entering Pearl Harbor prior to WW II.||USN photo by Tai Sing Loo, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|856k||Gold Star Added To His Navy Cross. Lieutenant Commander Chester C. Smith, shown here, Commanding Officer of Swordfish (SS-193) which is credited with sinking eight enemy vessels. Smith received two Navy Crosses for his actions during the period of 8 December 1941 to 9 March 1942. Office of War Information Photograph, 12-20 March 1942.||USN photo # Lot-9426-8, now in the collections of the National Archives, from the National Museum of the U.S. Navy via flickr.com.|
|768k||Lieutenant Commander C.C. Smith, USN, points out to Lieutenant Commander R.D. Adams, USNR, the eleven swordfish, each representing a Japanese ship sunk by Swordfish (SS-193) at Perth Australia.||USN photo # 80-G-32253, now in the collections of the National Archives, from the National Museum of the U.S. Navy via flickr.com.|
|113k||Bow on photo of Swordfish (SS-193) off Mare Island on 13 June 1943.||USN photo # 4352-43, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|78k||Swordfish (SS-193), underway off San Francisco, California, 13 June 1943. Photographed by the Mare Island Navy Yard, California.||Photograph # 19-N-51811, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.|
|95k||Swordfish (SS-193), off San Francisco, California, 13 June 1943. Photographed by the Mare Island Navy Yard, California.||Photograph # NH 98514, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.|
|242k||Swordfish (SS-193), in San Francisco Bay on 13 June 1943.||USN photo # 4359-43, from the collections of the Vallejo Naval & Historic Museum & submitted by Darryl L. Baker. Photographed by the Mare Island Navy Yard, California.|
|117k||Swordfish (SS-193), at San Francisco, California, 13 June 1943, at the conclusion of an overhaul. Photographed by the Mare Island Navy Yard, California. Circles mark recent alterations, including a 3"/50 deck gun, platform and mounting for a 20mm gun, radio direction finder loop, signal lamp, radar antenna, and spreaders for a radio antenna.||Official USN photo # NH 98515, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.|
|574k||Swordfish (SS-193) at San Francisco, California, 13 June 1943, at the conclusion of an overhaul. Photographed by the Mare Island Navy Yard, California. Circles mark recent alterations, among them a mounting for a 20mm gun, and spreaders for radio antennas. Note that the submarine's hull number is outlined on the side of her conning tower.||Text courtesy of USNHC photo # NH 98516.
USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
|672k||The Swordfish's (SS-193) crew pose with the boat's battleflag of 20 sinkings, with more to come.||USN photo # MI-4356-43, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|244k||The Swordfish's (SS-193) crew pose with the boat's battleflag of 27 sinkings, 1944.||USN photo # MI-4356-43, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|2.61k||29 page PDF History, Loss & War Patrols of the Swordfish (SS-193).||USN photos courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|161k||Coastal Defenses Vessel No. 2,(indicative of the class of Coastal Defenses Vessel) No. 4, which may have sunk the Swordfish (SS-193), according to Submarines Lost Through Enemy Action||Photo courtesy of wikimedia.org.|
|71k||Google Earth satellite photo of the general area in which Swordfish (SS-193) is assumed to have been lost.||View courtesy of Google Earth.|
|74k||Commemorative photo in honor of the memory of the crew of the Swordfish (SS-193).||Photo courtesy of Tom Kermen. |
Dante's Prayer courtesy of Loreena McKennitt via loreenamckennitt.com
|365k||This plaque was unveiled 20 March 1995 by His Excellency Major General P.M. Jeffery OA MC, Governor of Western Australia to commemorate the sacrifices made by Allied submarines that operated out of Fremantle, Western Australia during WW II.||Photo courtesy of Ron Reeves (of blessed memory).|
|10k||Keats Edmund Montross, Commander (Commanding Officer) of the Swordfish (SS-193) at the time of her loss.||USN photo courtesy of oneternalpatrol.com.|
|117k||Joyce DaSilva, the wife of Jesse DaSilva of the Tang (SS-306), one of the nine survivors of the boat, tosses a flower into a reflecting pool to honor the memory of one of the 52 submarines lost during World War II at the National Submarine Memorial-West on board Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif. On this Veterans Day, the Submarine Veterans of World War II transferred ownership of the memorial to the U.S. Navy.
The following text is from The Coming Fury by Bruce Catton., pg. 478.
"Major Sullivan Ballou wrote to his wife, Sarah, to tell her that he believed he was going to be killed and to express a tremulous faith that could see a gleam of light in the dark:
"But O Sarah! If the dead can come back to this earth and float unseen around those they loved, I shall always be near you in the gladdest days and in the gloomiest nights, always, always, and if there be a soft breeze upon your chest it shall be my breath, as the cool air fans your throbbing temple it shall be my spirit passing by. Sarah, do not mourn me dead; think I am gone and wait, for we shall meet again!"
|Text i.d. courtesy of Marlynn Starring. Photo i.d. courtesy of Chuck Senior, Vice Commander, Los Angeles-Pasadena Base, USSVI.
USN photo # N-1159B-021 by Journalist 2nd Class Brian Brannon, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
|142k|| Memorial to Swordfish (SS-193)
at St. Paul, Minnesota, January 1967. It features a torpedo and has plaques on either side, one in memory of Swordfish
crewmen lost with their submarine off Okinawa in January 1945. The other plaque memorializes the fifty-one other U.S. Navy submarines lost during World War II.
The memorial was financed and built by the City Council, Minnesota Building Tradesmen and the Minnesota Viking Squadron of the U.S. Submarine Veterans of World War II.
In the Second Book of Shmuel (Samuel), 22nd chapter, 5th through the 20th verses, translated from the original in Hebrew and published by the Koren Publishers of Jerusalem, Israel, 1982, can perhaps aptly describe the fate of the crew and all other U.S. submariners who died defending their county:
"When the waves of death compassed me / the floods of ungodly men made me afraid; / the bonds of She'ol encircled me; / the snares of death took me by surprise; / in my distress I called upon the Lord, / and cried to my G-D: / and he heard my voice out of his temple, / and my cry entered into his ears. / Then the earth shook and trembled; /the foundations of heaven moved / and shook because of his anger /...the heavy mass of waters, and thick clouds of the skies /... And the channels of the sea appeared, / the foundations of the world were laid bare, / at the rebuking of the Lord, at the blast at the breath of his nostrils. / He sent from above, he took me; / he drew me out of many waters; / he delivered me from my strong enemy, and from those who hated me; for they were too strong for me. / They surprised me in the day of my calamity: / but the Lord was my stay / He brought me forth also into a large place: / he delivered me because he delighted in me./"
|Official USN photo # NH 42077, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.|
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