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|74k||Postal cover marking the keel laying of the Bluegill (SS-242) at Electric Boat on 17 December 1942.||Courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|1.20k||Runs in the family: |
Bluegill (SS-242) was launched 8 August 1943 by Electric Boat Co., Groton, Conn.; sponsored by Mrs. W. Sterling Cole, wife of Congressman Cole of New York. Unfortunatley I don't have a sponsor photo of Mrs Cole.
News clipping from the 13 December 1968 edition of Mare Island Naval Shipyard newspaper. Photo taken at the reception following the commissioning of Gurnard (SSN-662) at Mare Island. Left to right: R. P. Metzger (Naval Reactors Representative), W. Sterling Cole (father of the Gurnard's skipper), CDR William S. Cole, Jr. (Commanding Officer) Gurnard, Mrs. George P. Miller (Sponsor), and Congressman Miller.
|USN photo # 88186-12-68 TH courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.|
|583k||Bluegill (SS-242) slides down the ways at the Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT., 8 August 1943.||Photo courtesy of Electric Boat.|
|493k||Bow on view of the Bluegill (SS-242) being nudged into pier with the help of a tug at Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT., 8 August 1943. Note the other submarine to her inboard side.||Photograph is part of an album entitled "Submarine Pictures for Sub Base New London, CT."|
Photo # 2015-194 courtesy of trumanlibrary.org.
|74k||Postal cover marking the launching of the Bluegill (SS-242) at Electric Boat on 8 August 1943.||Courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|14k||Postal cover marking the commissioning of the Bluegill (SS-242) at Electric Boat on 11 November 1943.||Courtesy of Jack Treutle.|
|59k||Starboard view of the Bluegill (SS-242) off Quonset, Rhode Island, on 24 November 1943.||Photo courtesy of flash.net. / Ray Basil.|
|243k||Artist I.R. Lloyd's rendition of Bluegill (SS-242) sinking the light cruiser Yubari on 27 April 1944 at the Sonsoral Islands.||Painting & text courtesy of Ken Killmaster via ussbluegill.org.
Insert photo courtesy of "Warships of the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1869-1945" by Hansgeorg Jentschura, Dieter Jung and Peter Mickl. Translated by Antony Preston and J D Brown. Arms and Armour Press, via Robert Hurst.
|146k||18 October 1944: At 0716, LtCdr (later Captain) Eric L. Barr's Bluegill (SS-242), torpedoes and damages Arabia Maru at 14-4N, 119-52E. At 1208, Bluegill torpedoes Arabia Maru again. She was carrying 3,500 men of the IJA's 20th Infantry Division. She sinks taking down 1,658 troops and 89 crewmen and gunners.||Text courtesy of combinedfleet.com. Photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp SK/3.|
|64k||Acrylic on canvas by the artist S. Burbridge entitled Coming Up. This painting shows a Gato submarine surfacing at a steep angle, some distance off a Pacific island.
On 28 May 1945 Bluegill (SS-242) conducted a reconnaissance and bombardment of Pratas Island. Twelve men were landed and discovered that the island had recently been evacuated by the Japanese naval garrison. In a fitting ceremony on 29 May Bluegill raised the American flag on Pratas Island and proclaimed it to be "Bluegill Island."
|Photo & partial text courtesy of DANFS & subart.net.|
|168k||Bluegill (SS-242) crew during WW II.||USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|616k||Bluegill (SS-242) at Pearl Harbor in June 1945 with other submarines moored behind her.||USN photo courtesy of flickr.com via Stephen Gower.|
|144k||Bluegill (SS-242) entering Pearl Harbor en route to San Francisco, 21 June 1945.||Photo courtesy of flash.net. / Hugh Story.|
|195k||Admiral R. S. Edwards, Commander Western Sea Frontier, presents the Navy Unit Commendation ribbon to officers and men of the Submarine Bluegill (SS-242) during recent ceremonies aboard the Tunny (SS-282) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. The submarine was commended for sinking a light cruiser, a destroyer escort, two large freighters and other vessels for a total of 45,000 tons. Lt. D. D. Duncan, USN, Vallejo, Calif., receives the award as Orland C. Hare, Chief Electrician's Mate, USN, Middletown, Conn., J. E. Richards, Boatswain's Mate Second Class, USN, Corpus Christi, Texas, and other members of the Bluegill's crew look on. At right of Admiral Edwards are Comdr. P. G. Selby, USN, and Comdr. Sinclair B. Wright, USN.||Official USN photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.|
|215k||Bluegill's (SS-242) WW II scorecard.||Photo courtesy of Ric Hedman.|
|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.|
|10k||This is her battle pennant. I have this in my private collection. It was given to Tom Rice, (now a retired Commander having come up through the ranks. Tom qualified in submarine in 1935 on the S-32 (SS-137), at the end of WW II at Pearl Harbor. It was flying on the boat next to his and they were told to "...get rid of it..." since the war was over. He has had it in his collection until a few years ago when it was given to me.
The pennant is about 4 feet long and a little over 6 inches wide and made of wool.
|Photo courtesy of Ric Hedman.|
|231k||Bluegill (SS-242) shows off her battleflags and guns dockside.||USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|137k||Reserve fleet at Mare Island, circa January 1946. There are 52 submarines and 4 Sub Tenders in this photo. This photo is a Berthing list identifying the ships in the picture.||Photo commentating 50 years, U. S. Submarine Veterans of WW II 1996 calendar, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|453k||Photo of the Reserve fleet at Mare Island, circa January 1946. There are 52 submarines and 4 Sub Tenders in this photo. Whether coincidental or on purpose, the number of boats in the photo is the same as that which were lost in WW II.|
From back to front and left to right, first group of 12 boats:
From back to front and left to right, second group of 12 boats:
From back to front and left to right, third group of 12 boats:
From back to front and left to right, fourth group of 12 boats:
From back to front and left to right, last group of 4 boats:
From back to front, Submarine Tenders group of 4 ships:
|Photo commentating 50 years, U. S. Submarine Veterans of WW II 1996 calendar, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|123k||Photo of the decommissioning ceremonies aboard Bluegill (SS-242) at Mare Island on 1 March 1946 taken from a news clipping of the 21 March 1946 edition of the Vallejo Times Herald.||USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|278k||Three veterans of Operation Crossroads are shown at Mare Island on 17 October 1946 in the Pacific Reserve Fleet. Left to right: Dentuda (SS-335), Searaven (SS-196) and Tuna (SS-203); Parche (SS-384) is aft of these three. Bluegill (SS-242) and Hackleback (SS-295) are to the left.||USN photo # 3618-46, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|291k||Capt. Clifford M. Esler, Jr. as Commander, Submarine Group San Francisco Bay (August 1968 - June 1970).|
Dates of submarine command - as best I can determine.
Bluegill (SS-242) - Takes command at Mare Island on 3 May 1951 and relieved when sub was decommissioned on 7 July 1952.
|USN photo from the files of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
Photo added 08/18/16.
|103k||LCDR C. M. Esler Jr. reads his orders upon assuming command on the Bluegill (SS-242) at her re-commissioning ceremonies at Mare Island on 3 May 1951. Capt. W. A. Lent, Commander of Pacific Reserve Fleet Mare Island is to the far left.||USN Photo # 9118-5-51, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|187k||Photo of the decommissioning ceremonies aboard Bluegill (SS-242) 7 July 1952, for conversion to a Hunter-Killer Submarine. Rock (SS-274) is in background.||Photo i.d. courtesy of John Hummel & Larry Derouin.
USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
|109k||LCDR. Melvin George "Max"Grazda was the Commanding Officer of the Bluegill (SS-242) from 2 May 1953 to 15 July 1955.||Official USN photo submitted by Bill Gonyo.|
|216k||LCDR W. D. Chadwick reads his orders upon assuming command on the Bluegill (SS-242) at Mare Island on 15 July 1955. The ship is in ARD-11 at the time and she was in overhaul at the yard from 9 June to 21 November 1955.||USN Photo # 25993-7-55, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|161k||Bluegill (SS-242) makes her way out of a cove into the sea, circa 1955.||USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.|
|194k||Bluegill (SS-242) leads the Ranger (CVA-61) out to sea, circa post 1961.||USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.|
|1.80||Sub base Pearl Harbor, 1962. From L to R: Bream (SS-243),Bluegill (SS-242), Bashaw (SS-241), Medregal (SS-480) & Blackfin (SS-322) with Coucal (ASR-8), alongside.
Tunny (AGS-282) and Barbero (SS-317) are possibly the two nearest foreground boats.
|Photo i.d. courtesy of John Hummel & Robert Morgan.|
Photo courtesy of Rick Connole, son of Commander David R. Connole,K.I.A. while commanding the Trigger (SS-237), lost with the entire crew of 89 on 28 March 1945.
|94k||Bluegill (AGSS-242) Welcome Aboard pamphlet & Officer Roster 1964.|| USN photo courtesy of Richard Miller.
PDF courtesy of Darryl Baker.
|78k||Bluegill (SSK-242), underway, date and place unknown.||USN photo courtesy of George M. Arnold.|
|168k||Sail away: As many different types of sails as there are boats in this photo of Squadron 12, Key West Fla, in Mid 60's: Atule (SS-403), Balao (SS-285), Grenadier (SS-525) & Bluegill (SS-242).||Photo courtesy of John Hummel.|
|165k||Photo from the Evans (DE-1023) showing the Bronstein (DE-1037) in the Sea of Japan in April-May 1967. We were doing ASW drills with two subs (showing the flag in the area).
The fleet boat in this photo has an SSK conversion and is either Bashaw (SSK-241) or Bluegill (SSK-242). The rest of the SSK conversions Grouper (SSK-241), Angler (SSK-240), Bream (SSK-243), Cavalla (SSK-244), and Croaker (SSK-246) had either been decommissioned by this time, operated in the Atlantic, or in the case of the Bream were on the West Coast when the picture was taken.
|USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker. Photo i.d. courtesy of David Decrevel, John Hart, Ric Hedman, John Hummel, & David Johnston, USNR.
Text i.d. courtesy of David Johnston, USNR.
|1.10k||Bream (AGSS-243), Tunny (AGS-282) and Charr (AGSS-328), during the decommissioning ceremony at Mare Island on 28 June 1969.||Photo courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.|
|212k||Raton (AGSS-270) and Bluegill (AGSS-242) during the decommissioning ceremony at Mare Island on 28 June 1969. Bream (AGSS-243), Tunny (AGS-282) and Charr (AGSS-328) are forward of Raton and Bluegill. Chara (AE-31) is in the background.||Photo courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.|
|1.20k||Commanding officers of the five decommissioned submarines on the speakers stant at Mare Island on 28 June 1969.||Photo courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.|
|96k||Underwater view of two Navy divers working to raise the submarine ex-Bluegill (SS-242) during Pacific Submarine Salvage Exercise 83 (PACSUBSALVEX-83) off the coast of Maui on 6 November 1983.||USN photo # DN-ST-86-01166, by G.R. Sylva, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil & submitted by Bill Gonyo.|
|295k||View of a Navy underwater photographer swimming over the hull of the submarine ex-Bluegill (SS-242)during Pacific Submarine Salvage Exercise 83 (PACSUBSALVEX-83) off the coast of Maui.||USN photo # DN-ST-86-01154, by G.R. Sylva, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil & submitted by Bill Gonyo.|
|206k||Talk about holding your breath for a while: Bluegill (SS-242) surfaces after 13 years.||USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|23k||Bluegill (SS-242) scuttled, at Lahaina, Maui, HI. 1995.||Photo courtesy of Ed Robinson & Grant Riddle / submarinebaseph.com|
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