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Patch on left contributed by Mike Smolinski, patch on right contributed by Don McGrogan, BMCS, USN (ret.)

Trout (SS-202)

Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Xray - Charlie

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Presidential Unit Citation - American Defense Service Medal
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (11) - Philippine Defense Medal

Tambor Class Submarine: Laid down, 28 August 1939, at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME.; Launched: 21 May 1940; Commissioned USS Trout (SS-202), 25 November 1940. Trout departed on her eleventh and last war patrol, 8 February 1944; Declared presumed lost 17 April 1944; Struck from the Naval Register, (date unknown). Trout received 11 battle stars for World War II service and the Presidential Unit Citation for her second, third, and fifth patrols.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 1,475 t., Submerged: 2,370 t.; Length 307' 2" ; Beam 27' 3"; Draft 13' 3"; Speed, Surfaced 20 kts, Submerged 8 kts; Max. Depth Limit 250'; Complement 5 Officers 54 Enlisted; Armament, ten 21" torpedo tubes, six forward, four aft, 24 torpedoes, one 3"/50 deck gun, two .50 caliber machine guns, two .30 caliber machine guns; Propulsion, diesel-electric, four General Motors diesel engines, 5,400 hp, Fuel Capacity 93.993 gal., four General Electric motors, 2,740 hp, Battery Cells, 252, two propellers.
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Grayling518kGrayling (SS-209) bow view, looking aft from the catwalk. The submarine on the ways at right is the Trout (SS-202), 5 January 1940.US National Archives photo # 19LCM 5-40, from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Trout 914k Builders plaque of the Trout (SS-202). The plaque had been removed from the sub as she underwent repairs at Mare Island in late 1943 and was never reattached prior to her fateful 11th patrol. The plaque was found among items of a deceased WWII sailor who had been stationed at Hunter's Point. Photo & text courtesy of Randa Robinson-Anderson / Lady Lake Historical Museum (Lady Lake, FL).
Trout 23k Commemorative postal cover on the occasion of Trout's (SS-202) launching at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME. 21 May 1940. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Trout 257k Trout (SS-202) bow view at fitting out pier, 10 July 1940 at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME. Courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org.
Trout 200k Lots of smoke & greatcoats at Trout's (SS-202) commissioning, 25 November 1940.
The smokeless smokestack rising above the bow of the submarine belongs to a tugboat.
USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Trout 106k Trout (SS-202) is pushed into position by a waiting tugboat at her commissioning, 25 November 1940 at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Trout 128k In a moving ceremony, the Trout (SS-202) is pushed by a waiting tugboat at her commissioning, 25 November 1940 at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Trout 80k Commemorative postal cover on the occasion of Trout's (SS-202) first day postal service following her commission, 25 November 1940. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Trout 13k Commemorative postal cover on the occasion of Trout's (SS-202) commissioning, 25 November 1940. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Trout 26k Commemorative postal cover on the occasion of Trout's (SS-202) commissioning, 25 November 1940. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Grenadier265kTrout (SS-202) ouboard & Grenadier (SS-210) during her fitting out, at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Portsmouth, NH, 5 April 1941. US National Archives photo # 19LCM 170-41, from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Navy Day20k Commemorative postal cover marking Navy Day, 27 October 1941 and the following submarines commissioned since the previous year:
Trout (SS-202),
Tuna (SS-203),
Mackerel (SS-204),
Marlin (SS-205),
Gar (SS-206),
Grampus (SS-207),
Grayback (SS-208),
Grayling (SS-209),
Grenadier (SS-210) &
Gudgeon(SS-211).
Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Trout 218k Photo of the Trout (SS-202) and other submarines, possibly when they conducted training operations with Submarine Division 62 until 29 November 1941 when she stood out of Pearl Harbor to conduct a simulated war patrol off northern Midway. Photo courtesy of John Hummel. Text courtesy of DANFS.
Trout 133k Trout (SS-202) approaches Detroit (CL-8) at Pearl Harbor in early March 1942, to unload a cargo of gold that she had evacuated from the Philippines. The gold had been loaded aboard Trout at Corregidor on 4 February 1942. Official USN photo # 80-G-45971, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Trout 915kTrout (SS-202) coming alongside Detroit (CL-8) at Pearl Harbor in early March 1942, to unload a cargo of gold that she had evacuated from the Philippines. The gold had been loaded aboard Trout at Corregidor on 4 February 1942. Note details of the submarine's fairwater, and .30 caliber Lewis machine gun mounted aft of the periscope housing. USN photo # 80-G-45969 courtesy of NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Photo added 03/20/17.
Trout 147k Trout (SS-202) approaches Detroit (CL-8) at Pearl Harbor in early March 1942, to unload a cargo of gold that she had evacuated from the Philippines. The gold had been loaded aboard Trout at Corregidor on 4 February 1942. Official USN photo # 50389, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Trout 37k Trout (SS-202) unloading 20 tons of gold bars and silver pesos evacuated from the Philippines, at Pearl Harbor, 3 March 1942.
USN photo courtesy of Theodore Roscoe, from his book "U.S. Submarine Operations of WW II", published by USNI.
Trout 94k Gold bars which Trout (SS-202) carried from Corregidor to Pearl Harbor. Photographed as the gold was being unloaded from the submarine at Pearl Harbor in early March 1942. OfficialUSN photo # 80-G-45970, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Trout 131kThe Trout's (SS-202) crew being decorated at Pearl Harbor. USN photo courtesy of Honolulu Star Bulletin via University of Hawaii & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Trout 431k Comdr. Frank W. Fenno was the skipper of Trout (SS-202) on patrol off Midway Island on 7 December 1941 when he received a radio transmission reporting the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He assumed that the distant bombardment he heard from Midway was a large Japanese invasion force. The invasion turned out to be two Japanese destroyers that pounded Midway heavily and left the scene before Captain Fenno could initiate a counter attack.
In February, 1942 Trout was ordered to Corregidor, the island citadel at the entrance to Manila Bay in the Philippines, to deliver 3500 rounds of much needed anti-aircraft ammunition. There, Trout drew ten torpedoes and took on the most unusual ballast of World War II, over twenty tons of gold and silver. It had been taken from Manila banks and moved to Corregidor for safekeeping from the approaching Japanese invasion force. Five hundred eighty-three gold bars and heavy canvas bags containing eighteen tons of silver coins were carefully loaded in Trout's bilges to be delivered to Pearl Harbor. En route, Fenno tracked and sunk an enemy freighter through high seas. Later the same day Trout avoided a surprise torpedo attack from a Japanese patrol vessel and quickly sank the attacking vessel. Fenno left Trout after four patrols and went on to command Runner (SS-275).
USN photo from the book: These Men Shall Never Die by Lowell Thomas (Philadelphia: John C. Winston Co.,1943), p. 52.)
Text and photo submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Trout 48k Trout (SS-202) motormac adjusting valve in submarine's engine room.
USN photo courtesy of Theodore Roscoe, from his book "U.S. Submarine Operations of WW II", published by USNI.
Trout 29k "Trout (SS-202) captures Jap lugger off the coast of Indo-China. Craft may have radio, Jap officer below."
USN photo courtesy of Theodore Roscoe, from his book "U.S. Submarine Operations of WW II", published by USNI.
Trout 20k "Trout's (SS-202) handiwork-a burning Jap trawler. The craft was set ablaze by gunfire from the attacking sub. Note sub's wake."
USN photo courtesy of Theodore Roscoe, from his book "U.S. Submarine Operations of WW II", published by USNI.
Trout 21k Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii. Vertical aerial view of the drydock area, 28 July 1942. Floating drydock YFD-2 is at left, with Alywin (DD-355) inside. Small drydock in center holds Growler (SS-215) and Nautilus (SS-168). Litchfield (DD-336) and an ARD floating drydock are in Drydock # 2, in right center. Drydock # 1, at right, contains West Virginia (BB-48). Submarines partially visible alongside 1010 Dock, in the extreme upper right, are Trout (SS-202) and Pollack (SS-180). Note anti-torpedo nets and booms protecting this area. OfficialUSN photo # NH 83998, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of The Honorable James V. Forrestal.
Trout 71k Trout (SS-202) returns to Pearl Harbor, 14 June 1942, after the Battle of Midway. She is carrying two Japanese prisoners of war, Chief Radioman Hatsuichi Yoshida and Fireman 3rd Class Kenichi Ishikawa, survivors of the sunken cruiser Mikuma who had been rescued on 9 June. Among those waiting on the pier are Rear Admiral Robert H. English and Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. The district ferry Nihoa (YFB-19) is in the left background, just to the right of Trout's jack. Two .30 caliber Lewis machine guns are mounted on Trout's sail, flanking the periscope shears. US National Archives photo # 80-G-32217, a USN photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
Trout 512k Japanese prisoners being removed from Trout (SS-202) at Pearl Harbor Submarine Base, Territory of Hawaii 1942. Shown: Three officers standing together are: Commander Jack Haines; Commander Norman Ives and Commander O’Leary. Photos # 80-G-32212 & 32213 from George Grantham Bain Collection, 1900-1920. Courtesy of the Library of Congress courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy via flickr.com.
Pearl Harbor106Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii view looking northward, with the Navy Yard industrial area in the foreground and the Marine Barracks in the lower right, 28 July 1942. Ford Island is at left, with Oklahoma (BB-37) and Arizona (BB-39) under salvage nearby. San Diego (CL-53) is in the upper center.
West Virginia (BB-48) is in Drydock Number One, in the lower left, and California (BB-44) is alongside the wharf at the extreme right. Cruisers alongside the pier in right center are Northampton (CA-26) (left) and Pensacola (CA-24). Submarines alongside 1010 Dock, just beyond Drydock # 1, are Trout (SS-202), Pollack (SS-180), Dolphin (SS-169) and Cachalot (SS-170). Note camouflage on many of the Navy Yard's buildings.
Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of The Honorable James V. Forrestal. Official USN photo # NH 84002, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Trout 21k Trout (SS-202), photographed during World War II, probably while at a prolonged overhaul at the Mare Island Navy Yard, between middle October 1943 / January 1944. Official USN photo # NH 99586, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Trout 44k Trout (SS-202) at Hunters Point, 11 December 1943. USN photo.
Trout 19k Albert Hobbs Clark, Commander (Commanding Officer) of the Trout (SS-202) at the time of her loss. USN photo courtesy of oneternalpatrol.com.
Trout 58k Color drawing of the Yugumo class of destroyer Asashimo & Okinami, which are credited with sinking the Trout (SS-202)
Photo courtesy of combinedfleet.com.
Trout 131k Google Earth satellite photo of the Trout's (SS-202) last approximate position based during post-war debriefings. This position is thought to be the final resting place of the Trout and her crew. View courtesy of Google Earth.
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.
Trout 54k Commemorative photo in honor of the memory of the crew of the Trout (SS-202).Photo courtesy of Tom Kermen. Dante's Prayer courtesy of Loreena McKennitt via quinlanroad.com.
Tolling the Boats 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 of Rhode Island was killed in the battle, and just before it he had 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.
Trout 644k Trout (SS-202) Memorial located alongside the Cape Cod Canal in Buzzard's Bay, MA. The memorial remembers not only the officers and crew of Trout but also all citizens of Massachusetts lost aboard submarines during World War II.
The members of United States Submarine Veterans, Inc hold a memorial service at this location the first Sunday of October every year.

In Memorium:


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./"
Photos courtesy of Peter J. Koester,Commander - Northeast Region District One, United States Submarine Veterans, Inc.
Photos added 08/30/17.

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