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

Angler (SS-240) (SSK-240) (AGSS-240)

Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Hotel - Foxtrot
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "SLEEPY HOLLOW"

Gato Class Submarine: Laid down, 9 November 1942, at the Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT.; Launched, 4 July 1943; Commissioned USS Angler (SS-240), 10 October 1943; Decommissioned, 12 February 1947; Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet; Recommissioned, 2 April 1951; Decommissioned in 10 November 1952, for conversion to a Hunter-Killer Submarine, at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics, Groton CT. Redesignated (SSK-240) on 18 February 1953; Recommissioned USS Angler (SSK-240), 10 September 1953; Redesignated (SS-240) in 1960; Redesignated Auxiliary Submarine (AGSS-240) on 1 July 1963; Decommissioned, 1 April 1968; Assigned to Naval Reserve Training at Philadelphia, PA; On 30 June 1971, she was redesignated to ((IXSS-240); Struck from the Naval Register, 15 December 1971; Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 1 February 1974, to Union Minerals and Alloys Corp., of New York City, and removed from naval custody on 4 March 1974 to be broken up for scrap. Angler won six battle stars for her World War II service.
Partial data submitted by Yves Hubert.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 1,526 t., Submerged: 2,424 t.; Length 311' 9"; Beam 27' 3"; Draft 15' 3"; Speed, Surfaced 20.25 kts, Submerged 8.75 kts; Complement 6 Officers 54 Enlisted; Operating Depth, 300 ft; Submerged Endurance, 48 hrs at 2 kts; Patrol Endurance 75 days; Cruising Range, 11,000 miles surfaced at 10 kts; Armament, ten 21" torpedo tubes, six forward, four aft, 24 torpedoes, one 3"/50 deck gun, two .50 cal. machine guns, two .30 cal. machine guns; Propulsion, diesel electric reduction gear with four General Motors main generator engines, 5,400HP, Fuel Capacity, 97,140 gal., four General Electric main motors, 2,740HP, two 126-cell main storage batteries, twin screws.
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Angler 13k Commemorative post marking Angler's (SS-240) keel laying on 9 November 1942. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Angler 18k Commemorative post marking Angler's (SS-240) keel laying on 9 November 1942. Courtesy of petloveshack.com.
Angler 722k Angler (SS-240) goes down the ways on 4 July 1943. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Angler 107k Commemorative post marking the launching of the Angler (SS-240) on 4 July 1943. Courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Angler 20k Commemorative post marking Angler's (SS-240) commissioning on 10 October 1943. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Angler 124k Crew of the Angler (SS-240), lining the rails and masts coming into port, probably at Pearl Harbor, circa 1945. USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
Angler 240k Painting of Angler's WWII emblem by Harold F.(Carl) Carlson. Photo submitted by Gary Carlson.
Angler 972k Angler (SS-240) reached the west coast of the United States on 24 February 1945, and immediately began overhaul at the Bethlehem Steel Co. yard at San Francisco. She was underway again on 18 May, and by 12 June was ready to begin her seventh and final war patrol.
Angler is seen here on 12 June leaving for the war zone.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
USN photo # 80-G- 264327 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
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.
Angler 264k Angler (SS-240) sometime between 1945 and 1949. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Angler 22k Angler (SSK-240), surfaced and underway, circa early 1950's. USN photo courtesy of George M. Arnold.
New London 210k Fulton (AS-11) at the state pier New London, CT in March 1953. Submarines present include Entemedor (SS-340), Halfbeak (SS-352), Angler (SS-240),Razorback (SS-394), Tusk (SS-426), and Hardhead (SS-365). SS P&T Leader is across the pier. US Naval Historical Center photo # NH-905254 courtesy of aimm.museum.(Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum at North Little Rock). Courtesy of CAPT Joseph A. Enright, USN (ret).
Angler 233k Angler (SSK-240), circa mid 1950's, during her 10,000th dive. Note the flag attached to the sail. USN photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Angler115k Broadside & quarter view of the Angler's (SSK-240) bow & stern in 1/192 scale, solid cast resin.Model & photo courtesy of Mel Douyette & coldwarsubmarines.com
Angler 107k Angler (SSK-240), undergoing refit, probably at the Philadelphia Naval shipyard, circa 1962. Destroyers laid up in distance include: Hickox (DD-673) and McClanahan (DD-615). Courtesy of RMC (SS) John Hummel, 1978. Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 86745.
Text i.d. courtesy of Mike Green.
Angler 602k Angler (SSK-240) underway off New London CT., sometime in the 1960's as converted to SSK. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Angler 120k Angler (SSK-240) & Croaker (SSK-246) pier side in New London. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Photo added 02/11/17.
Angler271kSailfish (SSR-572) & Angler (SSK-240) at Genoa, Italy on 29 December 1962. Photo courtesy of Carlo Martinelli.
Angler 122k Starboard side view of the Angler (SSK-240), 1963. Photo from the collection of Arthur Laughrun courtesy of Jerry Laughrun.
Angler 118k Pier scene, circa 1960's. Photo from the collection of Arthur Laughrun courtesy of Jerry Laughrun.
Angler354kThree photo PDF of the Angler (AGSS-240) arriving at Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Philadelphia in 1968. Photo courtesy of Joe Garrett TMCM(SS) via Ron Reeves.
Angler687kNo trespassing on the Angler (AGSS-240), May 1968. Photo courtesy of Joe Garrett TMCM(SS) via Ron Reeves.
Angler383kSentries of Angler (AGSS-240) await the unwanted, 1968. Photo courtesy of Joe Garrett TMCM(SS) via Ron Reeves.
Angler & Hake 362k Angler (AGSS-240) & Hake (SS-256) & Melvin R. Nawman (DE-416) at the Phila. Navy Yard, May 1968. Photo courtesy of Joe Garrett TMCM(SS) via Ron Reeves.
Angler363kAngler (AGSS-240) & Hake (SS-256) & Melvin R. Nawman (DE-416) at the Phila. Navy Yard, May 1968.Photo courtesy of Joe Garrett TMCM(SS) via Ron Reeves.
Angler213kAngled Angler (AGSS-240) & Hake (SS-256) & Melvin R. Nawman (DE-416) at the Phila. Navy Yard, May 1968.Photo courtesy of Joe Garrett TMCM(SS) via Ron Reeves.
Angler & Hake 72k John Hummel poses near the Angler's (SSK-240) door, with the & Hake (SS-256) moored nearby at the Phila. Navy Yard in the early 1970's. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Angler 465k Angler (SS-240) during the later part of her career. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.

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