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Contributed by Don McGrogan, BMCS, USN (ret.)

Wahoo (SS-238)


Unit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons


Presidential Unit Citation
Gato Class Submarine: Laid down, 28 June 1941, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.; Launched, 14 February 1942; Commissioned USS Wahoo (SS-238), 15 May 1942; Final Disposition, sunk on seventh patrol by Japanese aircraft in LaPerouse Strait, 11 October 1943, all hands lost; Struck from the Naval Register, 6 December 1943. Wahoo earned six battle stars for World War II service in addition to being awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for her third patrol.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 1,526 t., Submerged: 2,424 t.; Length 311' 10"; Beam 27' 4"; Draft 15' 2"; Speed, Surfaced 20.25 kts, Submerged 8.75 kts; Complement 6 Officers 54 Enlisted; Maximum Operating Depth, 300 ft; Submerged Endurance, 48 hrs at 2 kts; Patrol Endurance 75 days; Cruising Range, 11,000 miles surfaced at 10 kts; Fuel Capacity, 97,140 gal.; Armament, ten 21" torpedo tubes, six forward, four aft, 24 torpedoes, one 3"/50 dual purpose deck gun, two .50 cal machine guns, two .30 cal machine guns; Propulsion, six FM diesel generator sets installed: four - 9 cylinder model 38D8-? X 10 O.P. = 1600 BHP @ 720 RPM main propulsion generator sets, one - 7 cylinder model 38F5- X 7- O.P. = 440 BHP @ 1200 RPM auxiliary generator set and one - 3 cylinder model 38F5- X 7- O.P. = 150 BHP @ 1200 RPM emergency generator set.two 126-cell main storage batteries, twin screws.
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Wahoo 44k Wahoo (SS-238) under construction on 14 June 1941 at Mare Island. Courtesy of Leeward Publications Ships Data #4, USS Bowfin, submitted by Aryeh (Lee) Wetherhorn.
Wahoo 42k Wahoo (SS-238) under construction on 14 June 1941 at Mare Island. Courtesy of Leeward Publications Ships Data #4, USS Bowfin,submitted by Aryeh (Lee) Wetherhorn.
Wahoo 988k Photo of ways 3 and 4 at Mare Island on 30 June 1941. To the left of the staging is a hull section for the Wahoo (SS-238). USN photo # MINSY 8412-6-41, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Wahoo & Whale 96k View of the Ballard's (AVD-10) after portion, taken at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 5 January 1942. Note motor launch stowed above the main deck between the smokestack and the after deckhouse, with life rafts nearby; 3"/50 dual-purpose gun atop the after deckhouse; large propeller guards at her stern. Two submarines under construction in the background are probably Wahoo (SS-238) and Whale (SS-239).
Photograph # 19-N-26638 from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
Wahoo, Whale & Tinosa 489k The Wahoo (SS-238) is ready for launching at Mare Island Navy Yard on 14 February 1942. The Whale (SS-239) is on the building ways on the left and a hull section for Tinosa (SS-283) is just visible on the lower left corner of the photo. Her keel would be laid on the same ways on 21 February 1942.
The large building in the rear of the photo is the Naval Hospital.
Note: RADM Richard O'Kane has autographed the photo in the upper left corner.
USN photo # 764-42, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Wahoo & Whale 169k The Wahoo (SS-238) is ready for her launching at Mare Island on 14 February 1942. The Whale (SS-239) is on the building ways to the right. USN photo # 771-42,courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Wahoo & Whale 256k The Wahoo (SS-238) is ready for her launching at Mare Island on 14 February 1942. The Whale (SS-239) is on the building ways to the right.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Wahoo 175k The Wahoo (SS-238) is at the end of the building ways during her launching at Mare Island on 14 February 1942. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Wahoo & Whale 451k The stern of Wahoo (SS-238) is entering the water during her launching at Mare Island Navy Yard on 14 February 1942. The Whale (SS-239) is on the building ways on the left. USN photo # 772-42,courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Wahoo 120k The Wahoo (SS-238) is seen immediately after her launching at Mare Island on 14 February 1942. USN photo # 779-42, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Wahoo 61k Wahoo (SS-238) is waterborne following her launching. USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
Wahoo 92k The Wahoo (SS-238) is seen in mid channel after her launching at Mare Island on 14 February 1942. USN photo # 780-42,courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Wahoo 156k Mrs. A. F. Huntington (Matron of Honor) left and Mrs. William C. Barker (Sponsor) pictured after the launching of the Wahoo (SS-238) at Mare Island on 14 February 1942. USN photo # 787-42, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Wahoo 111k Mrs. William C. Barker (Sponsor) pictured after the launching of the Wahoo (SS-238) at Mare Island on 14 February 1942. USN photo # 789-42, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Wahoo 176k Distinguished guest of the launching of the Wahoo (SS-238) at Mare Island on 14 February 1942. From left to right are: Col. Maurice E. Shearer, Mayor John Stewart, Mrs. A. F. Huntington (Matron of Honor), RADM Wilhelm L. Friedell (Shipyard Commandant), Mrs. William C. Barker (Sponsor), RADM Hugo W. Osterhaus, USN (Ret), Mrs. W. L. Friedell, RADM A, F, Huntington, Mrs. A. D. Denney, Capt. A. D. Denney, Mrs. John Stewart, Mrs. C. B. Lipman, Dean C. B. Lipman, Capt. F. G. Crisp. USN photo # 793-42, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Wahoo 377k Boardside view of the Wahoo (SS-238) after her launching at Mare Island Navy Yard on 14 February 1942. Note: RADM Richard O'Kane has autographed the photo in the upper left corner. USN photo # 781-42, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Wahoo 120k Postal cover marking the launching of the Wahoo (SS-238) on 14 February 1942 at Mare Island. Courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Wahoo 150k Wahoo (SS-238) at sea on 19 June 1942. USN photo # MI-3397-42 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Wahoo 101k This and the next 3 photos appear either to be at San Diego or in Alameda in early August 1942. By 10 August 1942 the aft portion of her conning tower had been cut down (See bottom photo, #082304). She returned to Mare Island on the 3rd of August & put into dry dock #3 on the 4th and removed from dock the same day. She finally departed the yard on 10 August 1942. Photo courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org. Photo i.d. & text courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Wahoo 158k Linehandlers aboard the Wahoo (SS-238) make ready to secure the boat to the dock in early August 1942. Photo courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org. Photo i.d. courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Wahoo 47k The Wahoo (SS-238) dockside in early August 1942. Photo courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org.
Wahoo 47k Bow view of the Wahoo (SS-238) at Mare Island Navy Yard, CA., possibly circa August 1942. Photo courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org.
Wahoo 46k The Wahoo (SS-238) departs Mare Island for San Diego for work-ups for joining the fleet on 10 August 1942. USN photo # 4771-42, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker. The photo is off a negative from the Vallejo Naval Historic Museum.
Wahoo 78k Wahoo (SS-238), off Mare Island Navy Yard, CA., 10 August 1942.
The ship behind Wahoo is the Shasta (AE-6), loading ammunition at the Naval Ammunition Depot Mare Island.
USN photo # 19-N-33836, from the Bureau of Ships Collection now in the US National Archives, courtesy of the US Naval Historical Center.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Wahoo 87k Wahoo (SS-238), view from astern, taken off Mare Island Navy Yard, CA., 10 August 1942. USN photo # 19-N-33837, from the Bureau of Ships Collection now in the US National Archives, courtesy of the US Naval Historical Center.
Wahoo 101k Wahoo (SS-238), at Mare Island Navy Yard, CA., 10 August 1942. Circles and associated text mark recent alterations to the submarine. The lighter YF-239 is alongside the submarines in the right background. Note the antenna for an SJ radar mounted on the light mast in front of Wahoo's periscope shears. USN photo # 19-N-33839, from the Bureau of Ships Collection now in the US National Archives, courtesy of the US Naval Historical Center.
Wahoo 108k Wahoo (SS-238), at Mare Island Navy Yard, CA., 10 August 1942. Circles and associated text mark recent alterations to the submarine. Note: Target bearing transmitter on the after bridge deck; antennas for SD radar (mounted atop the after mast on the periscope shears) and SJ radar (in front of the shears). USN photo # 19-N-33840, from the Bureau of Ships Collection now in the US National Archives, courtesy of the US Naval Historical Center.
War Patrols
Wahoo 692k The Wahoo (SS-238) provides food and water to the crew of a becalmed fishing boat, circa January 1943. The original caption, released with this photograph on 3 March 1943, reads: "Act of Mercy -- While on the war patrol during which she sank a Japanese destroyer and a convoy of four ships, the submarine Wahoo, commanded by LCdr. Dudley W. Morton, USN, of Miami, Fla., came across a small fishing boat, becalmed. Three of the crew of nine aboard the fishing vessel had died when the submarine found her. Three remaining crew members were without food and water. This picture shows members of the submarine's crew handing water and food to the men in the fishing vessel. A few days later the Wahoo destroyed the Japanese destroyer and convoy." View looks forward from Wahoo's machinegun platform. Text from USN photos # 09-7921-47 & NH 42275 & from the collections of the Navy Bureau of Medicine via Bill Gonyo.
Photo # 80-G-35724, from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Photo added 05/04/16.
Wahoo 83k The Japanese destroyer Harusame shown in this periscope photograph, taken from Wahoo (SS-238) after she had been torpedoed by the submarine near Wewak, New Guinea, on 24 January 1943. Harusame's back is clearly broken, but she was repaired and returned to service despite this heavy damage. Wartime intelligence evaluated this photo as showing one of the Asashio class (see Photographic Intelligence Report # 82, 17 March 1943). However, the ship's bridge structure identifies her as a Shiratsuyu class destroyer, with the # 2 (single) 5" gun mount removed. Official USN photo # 80-G-35738, now in the collections of the National Archives.
Wahoo 274k Japanese transport Buyo Maru beginning to sink after being struck by Wahoo's (SS-238) torpedo north of New Guinea, 26 January 1943; as seen from Wahoo's periscope. United States Navy photo from the collections of the United States Navy Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # 80-G-39746 courtesy of Robert Hurst.
Wahoo 39k Scene in the control room during Wahoo's (SS-238) 27 January 1943 action with a Japanese destroyer. When the photo was taken the submarine was at 300 feet, rigged for depth charges. Six charges had just gone off and the crew was awaiting more. Lieutenant Commander Dudley W. Morton, Wahoo's Commanding Officer, reported this action as: "Another running gun fight ... destroyer gunning ... Wahoo running". Shaved head on crewman at right is a product of an Equator crossing ceremony three days previously. USN photo courtesy of Theodore Roscoe, from his book "U.S. Submarine Operations of WW II", published by USNI. Text from US Naval Historical Center photo # 80-G-38602.
Wahoo 258k The commanding officer and executive officer of the submarine Wahoo (SS-238) are shown on the bridge of their ship as it entered Pearl Harbor after a patrol during which she sank one enemy destroyer and an entire convoy of four Japanese ships. At left is Lt. Richard H. O'Kane, USN, of Durham N.H., Executive Officer. At right, LCdr. Dudley W. Morton, USN, of Miami, Fla., Commanding Officer. Official USN photo courtesy of Gene Byrnes and entitled "Reg'lar Fellers" in the NAVY submitted by Tom & Harold Kermen.
Wahoo 425k The Wahoo (SS-238) is shown arriving at Pearl Harbor on 7 February 1943. She is flying Captain Morton's hand made "Shoot The Sun Za-Bitches" pennant. She is also flying eight victory pennants. This number matches SUBPAC's credit sinking for her first three war patrol. She also has a broom attached to her attack scope. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Wahoo 659k The Wahoo (SS-238) arrives at Pearl Harbor at the end of her third war patrol, circa 7 February 1943. The original caption, released with this photograph on 3 March 1943, reads: "Hero's Wecome -- A Navy band is on hand to greet the submarine Wahoo on her return to Pearl Harbor following a patrol during which she sank a Japanese destroyer and an entire enemy convoy of four ships. The battle with the convoy lasted for a period of 14 hours." Note that Wahoo's radar antennas have been crudely censored out of the image. Text from Official USN photo # NH 42274, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Photo # 80-G-35723, from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Photo added 05/04/16.
Wahoo 94k Lieutenant Commander Dudley W. Morton, USN,Commanding Officer, Wahoo (SS-238), describes his submarine's successful third war patrol, during a press conference at Pearl Harbor, circa mid-February 1943. He is holding a rough chart of what appears to be a small part of the northern New Guinea coast. On the wall at right are charts of western New Guinea and of the Iron Bottom Sound area between Guadalcanal and Tulagi. US National Archives photo # 80-G-35733, a USN photo from the US Naval Historical Center.
Wahoo 232k Japanese cargo ship Nittsu Maru sinking in the Yellow Sea, off China, after being torpedoed by Wahoo (SS-238), 23 March 1943; photo taken from Wahoo's periscope. United States National Archives Photo # 80-G-60948 courtesy of Robert Hurst.
Wahoo 345k The Wahoo (SS-238) is shown returning from her 4th war patrol on 6 April 1943. The photo was been censored. Wahoo's SD mast and two ships have been marked out. She could be entering Midway. She is now showing 16 victory pennants and this matches SUBPAC's sinking credit for her first four war patrol. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Wahoo 115k The Wahoo (SS-238) at Midway 6 April 1943 with battle flags flying. Foreground: BM3c (later BM1c) Donald O. Smith who was lost with Wahoo the following October. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Wahoo 757k THEY GOT 250,000 TONS.
Photo taken on 22 May 1943 at Pearl Harbor and run in the Vallejo Times Herald on 25 May 1943. Awards are for CDR Fenno in Runner (SS-275), LCDR Morton in Wahoo (SS-238), LCDR Donaho in Flying Fish (SS-229) and LCDR Taylor in Haddock (SS-231).
Photo from the Vallejo Times Herald, Vallejo, California, 25 May 1943, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Wahoo 118k RADM W. L. Friedell, Commandant Mare Island Navy Yard, welcomes LCDR Mush Morton, Commanding Officer of the Wahoo (SS-238), back to Mare Island for an overhual on 29 May 1943. Morton is flanked by his father and his wife Harriet. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Wahoo 94k RADM W. L. Friedell, Commandant Mare Island Navy Yard, welcomes LCDR Richard O'Kane, Executive Officer, Wahoo (SS-238) back to Mare Island for an overhual on 29 May 1943. O'Kane's family are with him. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Wahoo 285k A sign at Mare Island Navy Yard welcomes the Wahoo (SS-238) back from the war for an overhaul. Wahoo was in overhaul from 29 May to 21 July 1943. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Wahoo 287k Wahoo's (SS-238) crew line the deck on 29 May 1943. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Wahoo 691k Best show in town: Crowds gather around the Wahoo (SS-238) on 29 May 1943. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Wahoo 941k Wahoo (SS-238), off Mare Island Navy Yard, CA., 14 July 1943. US National Archives photo # 19-N-48937, a USN photo from the Bureau of Ships Collection, courtesy of the US Naval Historical Center.
Wahoo 546k Wahoo (SS-238), off Mare Island Navy Yard, CA., 14 July 1943. US National Archives photo # 19-N-50192, a USN photo from the Bureau of Ships Collection, courtesy of the US Naval Historical Center.
Wahoo 102k Wahoo (SS-238), off Mare Island Navy Yard, CA., 14 July 1943. US National Archives photo # 19-N-48940, a USN photo from the Bureau of Ships Collection, courtesy of the US Naval Historical Center.
Wahoo 176k Broadside view of Wahoo (SS-238) off Mare Island ready for her sixth war patrol on 14 July 1943. USN photo # 5149-43, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Wahoo 137k Wahoo (SS-238) departing Mare Island Navy Yard on bay trials on 14 July 1943. This was during her overhaul which ran from 29 May to 21 July 1943. USN photo # 5152-43, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Wahoo 116k Wahoo (SS-238), at Mare Island Navy Yard, CA., 16 July 1943. Circles mark recent alterations to the submarine. The lighter YC-312 is alongside. YF-239 and YF-200 are in the left-center distance. US National Archives photo # 19-N-48941, a USN photo from the Bureau of Ships Collection now in the US National Archives, courtesy of the US Naval Historical Center.
Wahoo 122k Wahoo (SS-238), at Mare Island Navy Yard, CA., 16 July 1943. White outlines mark recent alterations to the submarine. The lighter YC-312 is alongside. US National Archives photo # 19-N-48942, a USN photo from the Bureau of Ships Collection courtesy of the US Naval Historical Center.
Wahoo 34k Wahoo (SS-238) July 1943 wearing the Ms 9 overall black camoflage. Photo and text courtesy of The Floating Drydock, "Fleet Subs of WW II" by Thomas F. Walkowiak.
Wahoo 244k View of the starboard side of the bridge of the Wahoo (SS-238) taken from the periscope shears on 20 July 1943. Wahoo was in berth at Mare Island Navy Yard. USN photo # 5276-43, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Wahoo 202k View of the port side of the bridge of the Wahoo (SS-238) taken from the periscope shears on 20 July 1943. USN photo # 5277-43, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Wahoo 284k Delmar Daves, Cary Grant, Mush & Mrs. Harriet Morton appear in Destination Tokyo Photo courtesy of Christopher Balch.
Wahoo 27k Painting of the Wahoo (SS-238) surfaced and attacking a ship. Courtesy of community.webshots.
Wahoo 540k Wahoo (SS-238) surfaced and attacking a ship in this colored post card from a series published by Mare Island in 1946. Courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Loss & Memorium
Wahoo 430k Drawing by an unknown artisit of the Wahoo (SS-238) which appeared in the 10 December 1943 edition of the Mare Island newspaper Grapevine, right after Wahoo was reported over due. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Wahoo 203k A watercolor by the famous naval artist Ike R. Lloyd who was working in the design section of Mare Island at the time he painted this painting. The drawing appeared in the Mare Island newspaper Grapevine, 16 June 1944. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Bonefish 906k Undated painting by Lloyds of Vallejo.
Although the Mare Island built Gato class submarine accompanying the Proteus (AS-19) is unnumbered, it is possible it is the Wahoo (SS-238), and the painting was made to memorialize her sinking in October 1943 along with the commissioning of Proteus in January 1944.
Text i.d. courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Wahoo 79k Commemorative postal cover marking the 100 anniversary of the submarine service on 11 April 2000, picturing the Wahoo (SS-238) and listing all the Mare Island Navy Yard, CA. built submarines constructed before the Korean War. Courtesy of The Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum and submitted by Darryl L. Baker.
Wahoo 11k Verne Leslie Skjonsby, Lieutenant Commander (Executive Officer) of the Wahoo (SS-238) at the time of her loss. USN photo courtesy of oneternalpatrol.com.
Wahoo 138k Color drawing of the Subchaser No-46 (left)(indicative of the class of submarine chasers Ch-15 and Ch-43, which helped to sink the Wahoo (SS-238), according to Submarines Lost Through Enemy Action. On the right is the destroyer Shimakaze, as depicted by Takeshi Yuki, "Color Paintings of Japanese Warships"). Photo courtesy of combinedfleet.com.
Wahoo 104k Commemorative photo in honor of the memory of the crew of the Wahoo (SS-238).Photo courtesy of Tom Kermen. Dante's Prayer courtesy of Loreena McKennitt via quinlanroad.com.
Wahoo 48k Google Earth satellite photo of the Wahoo's (SS-238) final resting place. View courtesy of Google Earth.
Wahoo 134k The Wahoo (SS-238) under attack on 11 October 1943 at 14:30 off Cape Soya, Hokkaido, Japan. The tell-tale oil slick from the Wahoo can be seen strtching from right (West) to left (East). Three attacking Japanese ships are on the surface. Photo courtesy of the Japanese National Institute for Defense Studies via the MacKinnon Organization.
Text courtesy of the MacKinnon Organization.
Wahoo 318k Port side view of the Wahoo (SS-238) float and port bow view on 11 March 1948 on Mare Island. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Wahoo 48k Wahoo (SS-238) Peace Memorial, dedicated 9 September 1995 at Wakkanai, Cape Soya, Hokkaido, Japan. Standing only a few miles from where the Wahoo lies on the bottom, at 45.42'N, 142.24'E, with 80 men. Courtesy of ussubmarinevetsofwwii.
Wahoo 74k Rear Adm. Douglas McAneny, Commander Submarine Squadron 7, helps lay a wreath into the ocean at La Perouse Strait in remembrance of the Sailors aboard Wahoo (SS-238) from aboard submarine tender Frank Cable (AS-40) on 8 July 2007. The submarine sunk in October 1943 and was found in June 2006 by a Russian diving team. USN photo # N-5621B-017 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stefanie Broughton.
Wahoo 259k Wahoo (SS-238) Memorial appropriatley in Wahoo, Nebraska.
One of Wahoo's crewmen, Robert Lee Jasa, was from Wahoo.
Photo courtesy of Theodore Leverett.
Wahoo 314k Wahoo (SS-238) Memorial with a bit of a view of downtown Wahoo. Photo courtesy of Theodore Leverett.
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.
Wahoo 106k Last moments of the Wahoo (SS-238) under attack on 11 October 1943 at 14:30 off Cape Soya, Hokkaido, Japan. The tell-tale oil slick from the Wahoo can be seen strtching from the distance (West) to foreground (East). Three attacking Japanese ships are on the surface.

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./"
Photo courtesy of the Japanese National Institute for Defense Studies via the MacKinnon Organization.
Text courtesy of the MacKinnon Organization.
Discovery
Wahoo 25k View from the top of the bow section of what is believed to be the Wahoo (SS-238) lying in approximatley 185 feet of water.
Until the U.S. Navy makes an official dive to the site to determine the actual identity of the submarine (following the proceedures that were used on the dive on the Lagarto (SS-371) , the Wahoo Project has released these photos with the reservation that they are of a sunken submarine taken in the general area where Wahoo is assumed to have been lost.
Photo courtesy of Vladimir Kartashev.
Photo & partial text submitted by Charles R. Hinman, Director of Education & Outreach,USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, & On Eternal Patrol.
Imaging and annotation by the Wahoo Project Group.
Wahoo 35k View aft from the forward 4"/50 deck gun. Photo courtesy of Vladimir Kartashev.
Photo submitted by Charles R. Hinman, Director of Education & Outreach,USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, & On Eternal Patrol.
Imaging and annotation by the Wahoo Project Group.
Wahoo 23k View forward from the forward deck gun covered in 63 years of marine growth. Photo courtesy of Vladimir Kartashev.
Photo submitted by Charles R. Hinman, Director of Education & Outreach,USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, & On Eternal Patrol.
Imaging and annotation by the Wahoo Project Group.
Wahoo 27k View aft - starboard propeller. Photo courtesy of Vladimir Kartashev.
Photo submitted by Charles R. Hinman, Director of Education & Outreach,USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, & On Eternal Patrol.
Imaging and annotation by the Wahoo Project Group.
Wahoo 46k View of the stern diving planes, propellers, and rudder.Photo courtesy of Vladimir Kartashev.
Photo submitted by Charles R. Hinman,Director of Education & Outreach,USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, & On Eternal Patrol.
Imaging and annotation by the Wahoo Project Group.
Wahoo 26k View of a member of the dive team swimming by what looks to be the hull of the Wahoo (SS-238). Photo courtesy of Vladimir Kartashev.
Photo submitted by Charles R. Hinman, Director of Education & Outreach,USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, & On Eternal Patrol.
Imaging and annotation by the Wahoo Project Group.
Wahoo 46k View forward from the aft main deck. Photo courtesy of Vladimir Kartashev.
Photo submitted by Charles R. Hinman, Director of Education & Outreach,USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, & On Eternal Patrol.
Imaging and annotation by the Wahoo Project Group.
Wahoo 36k View of main deck gun, looking aft. Photo courtesy of Vladimir Kartashev.
Photo submitted by Charles R. Hinman, Director of Education & Outreach,USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, & On Eternal Patrol.
Imaging and annotation by the Wahoo Project Group.
Wahoo 30k View of port stern plane and propeller, looking forward. Photo courtesy of Vladimir Kartashev.
Photo submitted by Charles R. Hinman, Director of Education & Outreach,USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, & On Eternal Patrol.
Imaging and annotation by the Wahoo Project Group.
Wahoo 48k View of main deck supports. Photo courtesy of Vladimir Kartashev.
Photo submitted by Charles R. Hinman, Director of Education & Outreach,USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, & On Eternal Patrol.
Imaging and annotation by the Wahoo Project Group.
Wahoo 40k View of 20mm gun mount. Photo courtesy of Vladimir Kartashev.
Photo submitted by Charles R. Hinman, Director of Education & Outreach,USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, & On Eternal Patrol.
Imaging and annotation by the Wahoo Project Group.
Wahoo 35k View aft from main deck gun. Photo courtesy of Vladimir Kartashev.
Photo submitted by Charles R. Hinman, Director of Education & Outreach,USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, & On Eternal Patrol.
Imaging and annotation by the Wahoo Project Group.
Wahoo 70k View of antenna insulator. Photo courtesy of Vladimir Kartashev.
Photo submitted by Charles R. Hinman, Director of Education & Outreach,USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, & On Eternal Patrol.
Imaging and annotation by the Wahoo Project Group.
Wahoo 40k View of main deck gun, looking aft.Photo courtesy of Vladimir Kartashev.
Photo submitted by Charles R. Hinman, Director of Education & Outreach,USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, & On Eternal Patrol.
Imaging and annotation by the Wahoo Project Group.
Wahoo 49k View of fairwater and conning tower, looking forward.Photo courtesy of Vladimir Kartashev.
Photo submitted by Charles R. Hinman, Director of Education & Outreach,USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, & On Eternal Patrol.
Imaging and annotation by the Wahoo Project Group.
Wahoo 54k View of deck.Photo courtesy of Vladimir Kartashev.
Photo submitted by Charles R. Hinman, Director of Education & Outreach,USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, & On Eternal Patrol.
Imaging and annotation by the Wahoo Project Group.
Wahoo 51k View of port propeller. Photo courtesy of Vladimir Kartashev.
Photo submitted by Charles R. Hinman, Director of Education & Outreach,USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, & On Eternal Patrol.
Imaging and annotation by the Wahoo Project Group.
Wahoo 547k This photo was taken at the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park at Pearl Harbor on the event of the ceremony commemorating Wahoo's (SS-238) loss and subsequent locating, 11 October 2007. Photo courtesy of Bryan Mackinnon via Robert Hurst.

View the Wahoo (SS-238)
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
Sailors cheering aboard USS Wahoo at the submarine base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.
Sailors and officers aboard USS Wahoo which is approaching the submarine base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.
On Eternal Patrol
History of Wahoo by David Laing
Legends of the Deep
ComSubPac Report of loss of USS WAHOO (SS 238) October 11, 1943 - 80 Men Lost
Sonar and photographic images from 1994 - Present
MacKinnon Organization / USS Wahoo Home Page
A WWII Submarine Finally Comes Home
Ships and Tonnage Sunk or Damaged in WW II by U.S. Submarines
Ep-21 (1) - Victory At Sea ~ Full Fathom Five - HQ

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