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Cobia (SS-245) (AGSS-245)

Radio Call Sign: November - Bravo - Quebec - Victor

Gato Class Submarine: Laid down, 17 March 1943, at Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT.; Launched, 28 November 1943; Commissioned USS Cobia (SS-245), 29 March 1944; Decommissioned, 22 May 1946, at New London, CT.; Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet; Recommissioned, 6 July 1951; Decommissioned, 19 March 1954, at New London, CT.; Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet; She was placed in service in reserve at Milwaukee, WI, on 12 September 1959 and was used as a pierside training ship from 1959 to 1970; Redesignated Auxiliary Submarine, 1 December 1962; Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1970; Final Disposition, she was towed to Manitowoc, WI, on 17 August 1970 and on permanent display as a museum ship at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, WI.
Partial data submitted by Yves Hubert.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 1,1526 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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Cobia19k Commemorative postal cover marking the keel laying of the Cobia (SS-245), 17 March 1943, at Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT.Photo courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Cobia404k Cobia's (SS-245) sponsors party on 28 November 1943:
From Left: Mrs. Albert Becker (Marjorie), Captain Albert Becker with daughter Gail. Woman with flowers is boat sponsor Mrs. C.W. Magruder.
Photo & text courtesy of James P. Marion, III.
The contributors' father was James P. Marion, Jr, who was an officer on the boat, as was his father-in-law, Sidney E. Henderson. Both of them were with the Cobia from the time of its commissioning in March of 1943 through all six of the her war patrols, the last of which ended on 22 August 1945.
Cobia581k Cobia (SS-245) slides down the ways on 28 November 1943. Photo courtesy of James P. Marion, III.
Cobia18k Commemorative postal cover marking Cobia's (SS-245) launching, 28 November 1943.Photo courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Cobia550kWhile Cobia (SS-245) was being fitted after launch, the crew used the S-14 (SS-119) all covered with snow at New London, CT, 1944. The Cobia's crew trained on her before going to war. Photo courtesy of James P. Marion, III.
Photo added 12/15/13.
Cobia547kCommissioning Party at Polly's Inn, Norwich, CT, on 17 March 1944. Photo courtesy of James P. Marion, III.
Cobia535kOfficers & crew photo at the commissioning party at Polly's Inn, Norwich, CT, on 17 March 1944. Photo courtesy of James P. Marion, III.
Cobia307k Cobia's (SS-245) officers photo at the commissioning party at Polly's Inn, Norwich, CT, on 17 March 1944.
The one who is marked "Me", is Lt Sidney E. Henderson.
Photo courtesy of James P. Marion, III.
Cobia386kThe national ensign is saluted by Cobia's (SS-245) crew on 29 March 1944 during her commissioning. Photo courtesy of James P. Marion, III.
Cobia509kCobia's (SS-245) officers and crew on deck immediately prior to departing New London for Pacific theater, April, 1944. Photo courtesy of James P. Marion, III.
Photo added 12/15/13.
Cobia629kCobia's (SS-245) docking in New London after shake down cruise, circa April 1944. Photo courtesy of James P. Marion, III.
Photo added 12/15/13.
Cobia296kCrew resting at Majuro, Marshall Islands after first war patrol, end of August, 1944. Photo courtesy of James P. Marion, III.
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Cobia194kCrew on deck at Majuro prior to second war patrol, September, 1944. Photo courtesy of James P. Marion, III.
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Cobia622k Cobia's (SS-245) officers on deck prior to second war patrol September, 1944.
Notes on back of photo:
Left to Right
Top Row: Lt. Cdr. Joseph J. Sibley, USNR
Lt. (JG) William S.C. Henry, USNR
Lt. (JG) Lester Davis, USN
Lt. Cdr. Montrose G. McCormick, USN
Cdr. Albert L. Becker, USN
Lieut. James P. Marion, USN
Lt. (JG) Daniel C. Pelton, USNR
Kneeling: Lt. (JG) Sidney E. Henderson, USNR & Lieut. John M. Tufts, USNR.
Text courtesy of Paul Petosky.
Photo courtesy of James P. Marion, III.
Cobia309k Lt Sidney E. Henderson, Jr. on watch second war patrol. Photo courtesy of James P. Marion, III.
Photo added 12/15/13.
Cobia264kOfficers Lt Dan Pelton, Lt James P Marion, Lt Sidney Henderson on deck after second war patrol. Photo courtesy of James P. Marion, III.
Photo added 12/15/13.
Cobia626kFrom left, Lt James P. Marion, Jr, Captain Albert Becker, Lt Dan Pelton taken on deck after second war patrol. Photo courtesy of James P. Marion, III.
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Cobia52kBurying of Ralph Clark Huston Jr. He was wounded in action on 26 February 1945 during a surface attack with 2 Japanese vessels. He died the following morning, and was then buried at sea. Text courtesy of Karen Duvalle, Events Coordinator, Wisconsin Maritime Museum, www.wisconsinmaritime.org.
US Navy photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
Cobia310kDamage to conning tower from Japanese cannon fire after attack where crew member Ralph Huston was killed by enemy fire. Photo courtesy of James P. Marion, III.
Photo added 12/15/13.
Cobia52kCobia (SS-245), underway, circa 1944-45.Photo courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Cobia101kCobia's (SS-245) officers LT William Henry, Lt James P Marion, and Lt Joseph Sibley on deck during fifth war patrol. It was Henry who fortunately spotted the downed B-24 fliers rescued by the Cobia. Photo courtesy of James P. Marion, III.
Photo added 12/15/13.
Cobia1.19kFive photo PDF taken during the rescue of the crew of a 13th Air Force B-24 Liberator bomber that was shot up over Saigon and ditched into the ocean on 8 April 1945. The Cobia (SS-245) happened to be on the scene by sheer good fortune and rescued seven crew members of the bomber.
1) Pulling B-24 crew member from life raft.
2) B-24 crew rescue. "Doc" Starmer is stepping over the rail in foreground.
3) Pulling in B-24 crew member Rocky Clift.
4) Pulling in B-24 crew member Jean Vandruff.
5) Photo of the rescue of B-24 pilot, Captain Richard Benson by Lt James P. Marion of the Cobia. Benson was hiding under the raft with a knife thinking that the Cobia was a Japanese sub. The Cobia crew were on the verge of sinking the raft with a machine gun, when Marion jumped in the water and swam to the raft to double check. He yelled something about the Brooklyn Dodgers ay which point Benson realized it was an American sub.
Photos courtesy of James P. Marion, III.
PDF added 12/15/13.
Cobia310kCrew on watch on conning tower. Photo courtesy of James P. Marion, III.
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Cobia246kJapanese mine photographed on fifth patrol. Souvenir hunters beware. Photo courtesy of James P. Marion, III.
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Cobia225kPersonnel transfer from Boarfish (SS-325) to Cobia (SS-245) during fifth patrol. Photo courtesy of James P. Marion, III.
Photo added 12/15/13.
Cobia25kBattleflag of the Cobia (SS-245), at the end of WW II.Photo courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Cobia181kCobia's (SS-245) crew members on deck, 1945. This photo was likely taken on the Cobia's return to New London at the end of the War. Photo courtesy of James P. Marion, III.
Photo added 12/15/13.
Archerfish 279k Line up of decommissioned subs at Groton, CT., circa 1947. From left to right:Archerfish (SS-311), Flasher (SS-249), Cobia (SS-245), Croaker (SS-246), Drum (SS-228) & what looks like the Cavalla (SS-244). U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Ric Hedman.
Mackerel81kLots of children dream of participating in the launching of a real submarine. Some times that wish becomes true. John Robison is the 10 year old that is standing third from the rear of the conning tower as the T-1 (SST-1) floats on the Thames River at Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 17 July 1953.
The fleet boat in the background is the Cobia (SS-245).
Official US Navy photo, courtesy of Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corp.
Photo submitted in memory of Clifford E. Robison, Electric Boat Co, by John Robison.
Submarine Squadron TEN 263k December 1953 photo of four boats, among them the Cobia (SS-245), outboard, unidentified boat, the Trout (SS-566) and another unidentified boat tied up alongside the submarine tender Fulton (AS-11) during her role as the tender for Submarine Squadron TEN at New London, Connecticut. Photo courtesy of All Hands Magazine & submitted by Ric Hedman TN(SS). Text courtesy of cshore.com.
Cobia355k Cobia's (SS-245) last sea voyage to Manitowoc.Photo courtesy of Paul Petosky.
Cobia57kThe Cobia (SS-245), is shown very shortly after it arrived in Manitowoc in its original berth on the south side of the river upon its rearrivial in 1971 as a museum ship at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, WI. Photo courtesy of Larry Bohn.
Cobia25kCobia (SS-245), on display at Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, WI, post 1971.US Navy photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
Cobia448kThis is a picture taken at the 40th reunion of the Cobia in Manitowoc, WI in 1984.
Pictured are:
Front Row (L to R) : Bill Vallas, Bob Kutzleb, Jim McConnell, Jack Dwyer, Harry Flagg, Vance Combs, George Baker, Dick Mattie, Carl Spivey, Wally Press, Ernie Brown, Ken Netzel, Dave McNicholl.
2nd Row : Fritz Young, Jim Marion, Sid Henderson, LeRoy MacArthur, Albert Becker, Doc Starmer,Russell Donan, Tom Brotchie, Charles Stewart, Donald Ladd, Dave Durbahn, Walt Madden.
3rd Row : Bert Maginnis, Galen Trimbath, Phillip Brower, Earl "Frenchy" Remillard, Gene McGuire, Joe Campagna, Bob Gast.
4th Row : Dan Pelton, Sam Chiovoloni, Harry Donahue, Ernie Chandler, Leo VonBiela.
Photo courtesy of James P. Marion, III.
Photo added 12/15/13.
Cobia25kCobia (SS-245), on display at Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, WI, September 1989.Photo courtesy of Dale C. Haskin.
Cobia122kCobia (SS-245), dockside, on display at Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, WI., mid 90's.Photo courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Cobia51k Conning tower and forward 50 cal. machine gun of the Cobia (SS-245), on display at Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, WI, mid 90's.Photo courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Cobia158k Forward torpedo room of the Cobia (SS-245), on display at Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, WI, mid 90's.Photo courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Cobia194kGalley of the Cobia (SS-245), on display at Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, WI, mid 90's.Photo courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Cobia226k Control room of the Cobia (SS-245), on display at Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, WI, mid 90's.Photo courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Cobia226k Forward engine room of the Cobia (SS-245), on display at Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, WI, mid 90's.Photo courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Cobia169kCrew's mess of the Cobia (SS-245), on display at Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, WI, mid 90's.Photo courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Cobia224k After torpedo room of the Cobia (SS-245), on display at Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, WI, mid 90's.Photo courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Cobia219k Maneuvering room (Control console for electric motors)of the Cobia (SS-245), on display at Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, WI, mid 90's.Photo courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Cobia165kIt's alive! A certificate for working the museum ships on the air event aboard the Cobia (SS-245) in June 2009. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Becuna207kA certificate for working the museum ships on the air event aboard the Cobia (SS-245) in June 2009. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Cobia1.10kCobia (SS-245) on display at Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, WI.Photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Cobia88kNice shot of Cobia's (SS-245) after engine room. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Cobia2.58k86 photo PDF of the Cobia (SS-245) on display at Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, WI.Photo courtesy of Robert Hall.

View the Cobia (SS-245)
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
High-resolution panoramic virtual tour of the Cobia (SS-245)
Visitor's Guide to Historic Naval Ships - USS Cobia (SS-245)
Ep-21 (1) - Victory At Sea ~ Full Fathom Five - HQ

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