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Pintado (SS-387) (AGSS-387)

Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Mike - Zulu

Unit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons

Pintado (SS-387) received the Presidential Unit Citation for "extraordinary skill and heroism" on her first three war patrols.
16 May - 1 Jul 44 - 1st War Patrol, Pacific.
24 Jul - 14 Sept 44 - 2d War Patrol, East China and Yellow Seas.
9 October 44 - 1 January 45 - 3d War. Patrol, South China Sea.
Data courtesy of Bill Gonyo.

Presidential Unit Citation
Balao Class Submarine: Laid down, 7 May 1943, at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME.; Launched, 15 September 1943; Commissioned USS Pintado (SS-387), 1 January 1944; Decommissioned, 6 March 1946; Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet; Reclassified Auxiliary Research Submarine, (AGSS-387), 1 December 1962; The ship lost her name on 25 October 1966 (Bauer) in favor of SSN-672 Pintado ordered on 29 December 1965Struck from the Naval Register, 1 March 1967; Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 4 February 1969, to Zidell Explorations, Inc., Portland, OR. for $ 55,459.00, removed 19 February 1969. The conning tower is at the Chester Nimitz Museum at Fredericksburg, TX.
Partial data submitted by Ron Reeves, HTC, USNR (ret.) & Yves Hubert.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced 1,526 t., Submerged 2,391 t.; Length 311' 8"; Beam 27' 3"; Draft 15' 3"; Speed, Surfaced 20.25 kts, Submerged 8.75 kts; Cruising Range, 11,000 miles surfaced at 10 kts; Submerged Endurance, 48 hours at 2 kts; 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 single 40mm gun mount, one single 20mm gun mount, two .50 cal. machine guns; Patrol Endurance 75 days; Propulsion, diesel-electric reduction gear, Fairbanks Morse diesel engines, 5,400 HP, Fuel Capacity, 116,000 gal., four Elliot Motor Co. electric main motors with 2,740 shp, two 126-cell main storage batteries, two propellers.
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Pintado 54k Commemorative launching tag of the Pintado (SS-387) being launched at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME., 15 September 1943. Photo courtesy of Ron Toth, Jr.via Tom Kermen.
Pintado 82k Pintado (SS-387) being launched at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME., 15 September 1943. USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
Pintado 15k Commemorative postal cover marking Pintado's (SS-387) commissioning, 1 January 1944. Courtesy of Jack Tretule.
Bang 83k Proteus (AS-19) at Midway Naval Base between 14 and 28 May 1944. The submarines alongside are (from left to right):
Bang (SS-385);
Pintado (SS-387); and
Pilotfish (SS-386).
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph, NH # 93498.
Argonaut46kOn 10 October 1942, the Amberjack (SS-219) enters Kavieng Roads, New Ireland island, 02^(o)36'S, 150^(o)48'E, to attack shipping there. In a daring move, she torpedoes the Japanese transport ship Tenryu Maru (4861 GRT, moderate damage) and sinks the converted whale factory ship, now serving as naval tanker, Tonan Maru #2 (19209 GRT). The latter vessel will be, however, raised and repaired, only to be sunk by Pintado (SS-387) on 22 August 1944.Text courtesy of uboat.net.
Photo courtesy of commons.wikimedia.org.
Pintado 415k Pintado (SS-387) underway, portside view on 19 February 1944.
She departed Portsmouth 17 February 1944 for torpedo trials at Newport, training out of New London, and antisubmarine warfare tactics and experiments with torpedo developments out of Key West.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
USN photo # 80-G-269707, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Pintado 1.10k Departing Mako with the remnants of Destroyer Squadron 30 as escorts for the carrier HIJMS Junyo on November 1st, the Akikaze and the group shaped a course for Brunei and soon came across the patrolling Submarine Pintado (SS-387), which quickly sized up the large carrier and moved to attack.
Shortly before midday on 3 November 1944, lookouts aboard the Akikaze would have been some of the first to sight a spread of six torpedoes launched from the US Submarine towards the Junyo. Realizing the value of the carrier to the Japanese war effort, Lt. Commander Yamazaki, Captain of the Akikaze, ordered his ship to full speed and brought her alongside the Junyo where she was struck by no fewer than three of the torpedoes in close succession.
The Akikaze disintegrated from the force of the detonations and sank almost immediately. Though no member of her 154 man crew survived her sinking, the sacrifice of the Akikaze and her crew ensured the Junyo was saved, allowing the carrier to survive the war.
Photo & text courtesy of http://wikimapia.org/ via Robert Hurst.
Photo added 02/12/14.
Pintado 150k Starboard view of the Pintado (SS-387) entering Pearl Harbor, circa 1944/45. USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
Pintado 211k Pintado (SS-387) underway, portside view, circa 1944/45, location unknown. USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
Pintado 256k Drawing of the Pintado (SS-387) underway, circa 1944/45. USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
Pintado 194k Pintado (SS-387) sailed to Pearl Harbor before getting underway 1 June for her fifth war patrol on lifeguard station for bomber raids on Tokyo. On the 26th, just south of Honshu, a smoking B-29 bomber crossed her bow at about 2,000 feet, dropped a dozen parachutes, and exploded. In less than an hour the submarine had rescued the entire crew which she took to Guam, arriving Apra Harbor a fortnight later. Text courtesy of DANFS.
Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Video courtesy of Tom Kermen.
Pintado 162k 39th Bomb Group (VH) crew 13 standing beside their B-29 named for their rescuer, Pintado (SS-387). Photo courtesy of Robert Morgan via 39th Bomb Group (VH)
Pintado 292k Newspaper clipping of the Pintado (SS-387), submarine which elimanated a Jap division from the battle of Saipan, goes out of commission at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 6 March 1946. Clipping from the 15 March 1946 edition of the Vallejo Times courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mare Island Reserve Fleet137kReserve 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 commemorating 50 years, U. S. Submarine Veterans of WW II 1996 calendar, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mare Island Reserve Fleet453kPhoto 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:
Sandlance (SS-381)
Tunny (SS-282)
Aspro (SS-309)
Lionfish (SS-298)
Guvania (SS-362)
Sunfish (SS-281)
Macabi (SS-375)
Gurnard (SS-254)
Pampanito (SS-383)
Mingo (SS-261)
Guitarro (SS-363)
Bashaw (SS-241)
From back to front and left to right, second group of 12 boats:
Sealion (SS-315)
Hammerhead (SS-364)
Bream (SS-243)
Seahorse (SS-304)
Tinosa (SS-283)
Pintado (SS-387)
Mapiro (SS-376)
Pipefish (SS-388)
Moray (SS-300)
Batfish (SS-310)
Hackleback (SS-295)
Bluegill (SS-242)
From back to front and left to right, third group of 12 boats:
Hawkbill (SS-366)
Menhaden (SS-377)
Perch (SS-313)
Loggerhead (SS-374)
Barbero (SS-317)
Baya (SS-318)
Hardhead (SS-365)
Spadefish (SS-411)
Springer (SS-414)
Devilfish (SS-292)
Kraken (SS-370)
Dragonet (SS-293)
From back to front and left to right, fourth group of 12 boats:
Lamprey (SS-372)
Piranha (SS-389)
Manta (SS-299)
Pargo (SS-264)
Rancador (SS-301)
Archerfish (SS-311)
Mero (SS-378)
Sawfish (SS-276)
Spot (SS-413)
Lizardfish (SS-373)
Jallao (SS-368)
Icefish (SS-367)
From back to front and left to right, last group of 4 boats:
Steelhead (SS-280)
Puffer (SS-268)
Stickleback (SS-415)
Trepang (SS-412)
From back to front, Submarine Tenders group of 4 ships:
Pelias (AS-14)
Aegir (AS-23)
Euryale (AS-22)
Griffin (AS-13)
Photo commemorating 50 years, U. S. Submarine Veterans of WW II 1996 calendar, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Pintado 129k Periscope view at Mare Island: Pintado (SS-387) laid up at the Pacific Reserve Fleet. US Navy photo courtesy of aimm.museum. (Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum) from the Gene Haley Collection via Bill Gonyo.
Pintado 131k Guests at Mare Island on Armed Forces Day 1950 wait their turn to tour the Pintado (SS-387) laid up at the Pacific Reserve Fleet at Mare Island on 15 May 1950. US Navy photo # 6268-5-50, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Pintado 1.80k Sheers, periscope & fairwater of the Pintado (SS-387) taken in 1973, when the Nimitz museum in Fredricksburg Texas was first getting started. Fairwater, along with other Naval relics has just arrived in pieces. Photos & text courtesy of Charles Thompson.
Pintado 324k The conning tower of the Pintado (SS-387) at the Chester Nimitz Museum at Fredericksburg, TX. March 2002. Photo courtesy of Christian White.
Pintado 188k View of the 20mm gun deck and conning tower of the Pintado (SS-387) at the Chester Nimitz Museum at Fredericksburg, TX. March 2002. Photo courtesy of Christian White.
Pintado 115k Insignia of the Pintado (SS-387) at the Chester Nimitz Museum at Fredericksburg, TX. March 2002. Photo courtesy of Christian White.
Pintado 345k Right side view of the conning tower sail on 9 July 2003 of the Fleet Submarine Pintado (SS-387) on display in the rear court yard of the National Museum of the Pacific War, located at the intersection of Main Street and Washington Street, in Fredericksburg, Texas (TX). Former USN WWII Admiral (ADM) Chester Nimitz was born here and grew up here as a child. USN photo # DN-SD-06-10428, by Don S. Montgomery, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Pintado 1.0k Beautiful arrangement of foliage, the fairwater and a cement bow, arranged to make Pintado (SS-387) look like she is rising from the sea. Photo & text courtesy of Charles Thompson.

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