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Patch on left contributed by Harold F.(Carl) Carlson & submitted by Gary Carlson, in center by Mike Smolinski, patch on right by Don McGrogan, BMCS, USN (ret.)

Cabezon (SS-334) (AGSS-334)

Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Bravo - Zulu

Balao Class Submarine: Laid down, 18 November 1943, at the Electric Boat Company, Groton, CT.; Launched, 27 August 1944; Commissioned USS Cabezon (SS-334), 30 December 1944; Decommissioned, 24 October 1953, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.; Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet; Reclassified Auxiliary Research Submarine (AGSS-334) in 1962; Struck from the Naval Register, 15 May 1970; Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 28 December 1971 to Zidell $ 69,230.00. Cabezon earned one battle star for World War II service.
Partial data submitted by Ron Reeves, HTC, USNR (ret.)

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 1,526 t., Submerged: 2,242 t.; Length 311' 9"; Beam 27' 3"; Draft 15' 3"; Speed, Surfaced 20.25 kts, Submerged 8.75 kts; Cruising Range, 11,000 miles surfaced at 10kts; Submerged Endurance, 48 hours at 2kts; Operating Depth, 400 ft; Complement 6 Officers, 60 Enlisted; Armament, ten 21" torpedo tubes, six forward, four aft, 24 torpedoes, one 5"/25 deck gun, one 40mm gun, one 20mm gun, two .50 cal. machine guns; Patrol Endurance 75 days; Propulsion, diesel-electric reduction gear with four main generator engines, General Motors diesel engines, HP 5400, Fuel Capacity 118,000, four General Electric motors, HP 2,740, two 126-cell main storage batteries, two propellers.
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Electric Boat 140k Trains brought the building material for submarine construction at Electric Boat Co., Groton, Conn., circa summer 1943, possibly for the following boats:
Chub (SS-329),
Brill (SS-330),
Bugara (SS-331),
Bullhead (SS-332),
Bumper (SS-333),
Cabezon (SS-334),
Dentuda (SS-335),
Capitaine (SS-336), or
Carbonero (SS-337).
Photo from the Photo Essay How To Build A Submarine at Electric Boat Co. New London, Conn.
Photographer: Bernard Hoffman, courtesy of life.time.com
Electric Boat 493k Steel under giant rolls being shaped for submarine construction at Electric Boat Co., Groton, Conn., circa August 1943, probably for one of the following boats:
Chub (SS-329),
Brill (SS-330),
Bugara (SS-331),
Bullhead (SS-332),
Bumper (SS-333),
Cabezon (SS-334),
Dentuda (SS-335),
Capitaine (SS-336), or
Carbonero (SS-337).
Photo from NARA, #: 80-G-468488, photographed by Lt. Comdr. Charles Fenno Jacobs, USNR., from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Electric Boat 571k Welders work on hull of new submarine at Electric Boat Co., Groton, Conn., circa August 1943. This sub is probably one of the following:
Chub (SS-329),
Brill (SS-330),
Bugara (SS-331),
Bullhead (SS-332),
Bumper (SS-333),
Cabezon (SS-334),
Dentuda (SS-335),
Capitaine (SS-336), or
Carbonero (SS-337).
Photo from NARA, #: 80-G-468489, photographed by Lt. Comdr. Charles Fenno Jacobs, USNR., from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
keels 16k Commemorative postal cover marking the twin laying of the keels of the Cabezon (SS-334) & Dentuda (SS-335), 18 November 1943, at the Electric Boat Company, Groton, CT. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Cabezon 663k Launching day for the Cabezon (SS-334) at the Electric Boat Company, Groton, CT., 27 August 1944. USN photo # 80-G-448206 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Cabezon 17k Commemorative postal cover marking the launching of the Cabezon (SS-334) at the Electric Boat Company, Groton, CT., 27 August 1944. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Cabezon 16k Commemorative postal cover marking Cabezon's (SS-334) commissioning at the Electric Boat Company, Groton, CT., 30 December 1944. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Cabezon 687k 5 photo PDF history of Cabezon's (SS-334) only war patrol. USN photos courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Cabezon 80k Battleflag of the Cabezon (SS-334), September 1945. Courtesy of ussvirginiabase.org. / Roger Warden.
Cabezon 224k Cabezon (SS-334), underway off Subic Bay, Phillipines, 10 October 1945. Note that she has fore & aft 5"/25 deck guns, whereas quite a number of boats during this period only had one deck gun. Text i.d. (if correct) courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo courtesy of Michael Hacking & ussubvetsofworldwarii.org.
Cabezon 260k Cabezon (SS-334) & Sea Fox (SS-402) perhaps at Pearl Harbor sometime right after the war. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Cabezon 600k Four remaining submarines I-400, I-401, I-201 and I-203 which achieved speeds double those of American submarines), were sailed to Hawaii by U.S. Navy technicians for further inspection. Upon completion of the inspections, the submarines were scuttled in the waters off Kalaeloa near Oahu in Hawaii by torpedoes from American submarine Cabezon (SS-334) on 31 May 1946. USN photo courtesy of Hawaii Undersea Research Lab (HURL) via Ron Reeves.
Cabezon 149k Bow on view of Cabezon (SS-334) departing Mare Island on 31 October 1946. USN photo # 3846-46, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Cabezon 251k Broadside view of Cabezon (SS-334) off Mare Island on 31 October 1946. She was in overhaul at Mare Island from 14 August to 13 November 1946. USN photo # 3848-46, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Cabezon 200k Stern view of Cabezon (SS-334) off Mare Island on 31 October 1946. USN photo # 3850-46, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Cabezon 534k Cabezon (SS-334) underway passes beneath Lions Gate Bridge at Vancouver BC on 30 August 1947. Note that the boat still carries her WW2 deck gun armament. Walter E. Frost Photographer Source: City of Vancouver Archives, Photo No. AM1506-S3-3-: CVA 447-8699, courtesy of Mike Green.
Photo added 04/04/17.
Tilefish 317k Hula dancers welcome Tilefish (SS-307), as she docks at the Pearl Harbor Submarine Base after a Korean War tour. Crewmen placing the flower lei around Tilefish's bow are Engineman 3rd Class Donald E. Dunlevy, USN, (left - still wearing E-3 stripes) and Torpedoman's Mate 1st Class Gordon F. Sudduth, USNR. This photograph was released by Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, on 26 March 1951. Cabezon (SS-334) is in the background. USN photo # NH 97068, from the "All Hands" collection at the US Naval Histoical Center.
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.

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