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S-30 (SS-135)

Radio Call Sign: November - India - November - Victor

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Yangtze Service Medal - American Defense Service Medal (with Sea Clasp)
Bottom Row - American Campaign (1) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

S-18 Class Submarine (Holland-type): Laid down, 1 April 1918, at Union Iron Work, San Francisco, CA.; Launched, 21 November 1918; Commissioned, USS S-30 (SS-135), 29 October 1920; Decommissioned 15 August 1921; Recommissioned 14 February 1922, she was ordered to New London, CT. where she was placed in ordinary again on 21 June for engine alterations by the prime constructor, The Electric Boat Company; Recommissioned in full on 21 November 1922; In May 1939, she was placed in commission, in reserve. On 1 September 1940, she was returned to full commission; After 3 war defensive patrols along the East Coast and Caribbean, she departed the submarine base at Dutch Harbor, Unalaska, on 12 August 1942 for her first offensive war patrol; She departed Dutch Harbor, on 23 September 1943 to return to San Diego where she provided training services for the West Coast Sound School; Decommissioned, 9 October 1945; Struck from the Naval Register, 24 October 1945; Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in December 1946 to Salco Iron and Metal Co., San Francisco. S-30 was awarded two battle stars for her World War II service.
Partial data submitted by Yves Hubert.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 854 t., Submerged: 1,062 t.; Length 219' 3" ; Beam 20' 8"; Draft 15' 11"(mean); Depth Limit 200'; Speed, Surfaced 14.5 kts, Submerged 11 kts; Complement, 4 Officers, 34 Enlisted; Armament, four 21" torpedo tubes, 12 torpedoes, one 4"/50 deck gun; Propulsion, diesel-electric, New London Ship & Engine diesel engines, hp 1200, Fuel Capacity, 41,192 gals.; Ridgeway Electro Dynamic Co., electric motors, hp 1500, Battery Cells, 120, twin propellers.
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7.80k Union Iron Works, San Francisco, California.
Photographed during World War I, with four-piper destroyers under construction at the Risdon Iron Works in the lower right. Four submarines and one destroyer hull in dry-dock are at the piers in the center, along with some large merchant ships. Risdon, part of Union, is to the lower right of the ink line. 1-Cafeteria, 2-Store room, 3-Iron Foundry, 4-Brass Foundry, 5-Machine shop, 6-Pattern shop, 7-Erecting machine shop, 8-Administration building, 9-Power house, 10-office bldg., Govt. offices, 11-Blacksmith shop, 12-Bioler shop, 13-Joiner shop, 14-Joiner shop, Annex with oil storage tanks underneath, 15-Warehouse and office bldg., 16-Pipe and copper shop, 17-Steel storage, 18-Plate shop, 19-Gate house, 20-Building slips 4&5, 21-Building slips 1.2 & 3, 22-Wharf #2, 23-Wharf #3, 24-Floating dock, capacity 2000 tons, 25-Floating dock, capacity 6500 tons, 26-Wharf #4, 27-Wharf #5, S-Storage space 2--Risdon Plant shown south and east of red lines: 1-Copper storage, 2- Oil tank, 3-Office building, 4-Office building, 5-Yarrow boiler shop, 6-Warehouse, 7-Power house, 8-Blacksmith shop, 9-Storehouse, 10-Sheet metal shop, 11-Sheet metal shop, 12-Marine machine shop, 13-Wharves, 14-Wharves, 15-Wharves.
Appearing here in no order are vessels that were constructed but not necessarily here: 6 of 27 R-class submarines
first keel laid: R-16 (SS-93), 26 April 1917, last: R-19 (SS-96), 23 June 1917
first launch: R-15 (SS-92), 10 December 1917, last: R-19, 28 January 1918
R-15 (SS-92) ... R-20 (SS-97)
12 of 51 S-class submarines S-30 (SS-135) ... S-41 (SS-146)
26 of 111 Wickes-class destroyers for the United States Navy between 1917 and 1919
first keel laid: Ringold (DD-89), 20 October 1917, last: Stansbury (DD-180), 9 December 1918 first launch: McKee (DD-87), 23 March 1918, last: Stansbury, 16 May 1919, 8 are launched on 4 July 1918
McKee (DD-87) ... Gridley (DD-92), Schley (DD-103), ... Ludlow (DD-112), Burns (DD-171) & ... Stansbury (DD-180)
40 of 156 Clemson-class destroyers for the United States Navy between 1918 and 1921 Chauncey (DD-296) ... Melvin (DD-335)
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SS 135 471k Battery cell #73 of S-30 (SS-135) fame at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp, Ltd., Union Plant, Potrero Wks. Photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
SS 135 190k A composite photo marking the launching of S-30 (SS-135) at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp, Ltd., Union Plant, Potrero Wks. on 21 November 1918. The ship's sponsor Mrs. Marion Latourette Stalnaker, wife of Lieutenant Commander E. S. Stalnaker, Supply Corps, U. S. Navy, is shown on the right. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
SS 135 79k Port side view of the S-30 (SS-135) waterborne after her launch on 21 November 1918. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
SS 135 - 46 113k The S-boat was the culmination of E.B. single-hull design for the U.S. Navy. This is a typical unit of the S-30-41 (SS-135-46) group, as completed. Ballast trunks are indicated. Lines below the hull show the location of the fuel tanks forward & aft (the foremost two tanks of the after group are the lubricating oil tank & sump tank). Arrows indicate the two Fessenden oscillators under the boat's keel, fore & aft. Arrows in the bridge structure indicate the three periscopes (one in the conning tower, soon removed) the telescoping radio mast & the radio tube leading down into the radio room.
In the control room the wheels controlling the planes were on the port side: the three levers for the Kingston valves were on the opposite side, abaft the chart table. The radio room, (below the radio tube, into which the antenna leads ran) was set into the after port side of the control room.
Abaft the main motors were auxiliaries: the low pressure main ballast pump on the center-line, the high pressure main ballast pump on the starboard shaft, the motor for the Fessenden oscillator on the port shaft.
Drawing & Text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Naval Institute Press.
SS 135 1.81k 12 photo PDF showing views of the S-30 (SS-135) on her sea trials on 26 August 1920, outside San Pedro, California. USN photo # 19-N-3277, from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), courtesy of Daniel Dunham.
SS 135, 138 & 125 188k Inboard alongside pier are the S-30 (SS-135), S-33 (SS-138), and S-20 (SS-125), at the Groton CT, Navy Yard, 2 October 1923. USN photo # 19-N-8918, from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), courtesy of Daniel Dunham.
SS 135 152k Portside view of the S-30 (SS-135) entering Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, post 1925. USN photo # 19-N-17940, from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), courtesy of Daniel Dunham.
SS 135 1.83k S-30 (SS-135) underway off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, during the early or mid-1920s. The paddle-wheel ferry steamer Bay City is tied up at a Vallejo, California wharf, in the right background. USNHC photograph # NH 103607.
SS 135
1.26k Pith helmets imply a Luzon look as the S-30 (SS-135) is dockside somewhere west of Iowa, circa mid 20's. Courtesy of
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298k Docked is S-30 (SS-135) . Courtesy of
SS 135 70k View on deck, taken while S-30 (SS-135) was in Subic Bay, off Olongapo Naval Station, Philippine Islands, in March 1929. Standing atop S-30's fairwater, wearing white clothing, is her Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Charles B. Hunt. USNHC photograph # NH 50148.
S-30-35 122k Beaver (AS-5) at Olongapo, Philippines, with six submarines alongside, in March 1929. The submarines are (from front to rear):
S-32 (SS-137),
S-35 (SS-140),
S-30 (SS-135),
S-33 (SS-138),
S-31 (SS-136), &
S-34 (SS-139).
USNHC photograph # NH 59967.
S-30-35 128k Submarines at Olongapo Naval Station, Philippines. Crewmen posing with a 4"/50 deck gun on board a S-boat, March 1929, with another 4"/50 in the foreground. These submarines are probably S-30 (SS-135) and S-31 (SS-136).
Behind them are (from front to rear):
S-35 (SS-140),
S-33 (SS-138);
S-32 (SS-137);
and S-34 (SS-139).
Photographed from Beaver (AS-5). In the background is Pittsburgh (CA-4), in the Dewey drydock.
USNHC photograph # NH 51830.
Submarine Divison 9 20k Commemorative post mark on the occasion of the decommissioning of Submarine Divison 9 on 7 December 1937. The subs appearing are:
S-30 (SS-135)
S-31 (SS-136)
S-32 (SS-137)
S-33 (SS-138)
S-34 (SS-139)
& S-35 (SS-140) .
Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).
SS 135 58k The photo is stamped on the back as having been printed 12 July 1938. I assume the pic was taken pretty close to that date.
Photo was small,1 X 2 inches so detail is about as good as it is going to get. Note "modern" sonar mounted atop the old "K-tube" sound gear.
Deck gun is a 4 inch 50. There are two sailors laying on the deck in the shade below the gun barrel their knees can be seen just below the muzzle. Topside watch is standing just at the aft end of the gun mount. Two men are next to the conning tower fairwater just to the right of the "S" painted on its side.
The sea plane has an "NA 7" painted on it and "US NAVY" painted under the rear wing.
Photo courtesy of Ric Hedman.
SS 131NRNew Ships Out of Old
Ships of war and ships of commerce are coming out of long "storage" to ply the seven seas again as the war's terrific toll of tonnage skyrockets the demand. Along with the hundred or so reconditioned destroyers, half of which have gone to Britain, Uncle Sam also is "reclaiming" some World War submarines. Here are two, the S-26 (SS-131) (left) and S-30 (SS-135), paying a visit to the Washington Navy Yard on what might be called a second shake down cruise. Chief Mechanics Mate R. T. Corum says his black cocker spaniel, Toby, mascot of the S-30, was glad to see land after a sea-sick voyage.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text by Evening Star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, 15 December 1940, Image 127, courtesy of
Submarine Division 52 292k From left to right: S-30 (SS-135), S-32 (SS-137) & S-33 (SS-138) at the Panama Canal Zone, where they operated from December 1940 until April 1941. USN photo courtesy of CTM Russel Rau, former COB of SS-238 Wahoo, submitted by Bill Rau & Paul Crozier.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
S-23 73k An 1942 oil painting on board, by the artist William F. Draper entitled "Sub and Yippy Tie Up."
In a quiet inlet of the Bering Sea in 1942, a YP boat gets a coat of paint and an S-boat ties up for fuel and provisions. The short Alaskan day is ending and lights may be seen in the barracks until total darkness requires a blackout.
The S-boats that served in the Aleutians theater were:
S-18 (SS-123),
S-23 (SS-128),
S-27 (SS-132),
S-28 (SS-133),
S-30 (SS-135),
S-31 (SS-136),
S-32 (SS-137),
S-33 (SS-138),
S-34 (SS-139),
S-35 (SS-140),
S-36 (SS-141),
S-40 (SS-145),
S-41 (SS-146),
S-42 (SS-153),
S-44 (SS-155),
S-45 (SS-156),
S-46 (SS-157), &
S-47 (SS-158).
Sub and Yippy Tie Up by William F. Draper.
Painting #13 / 88-189-N. Courtesy of the USNHC.
Parche1.00kParche (SS-384) with YF-312 and S-30 (SS-135) outboard at Mare Island between 19 and 23 October 1945. The submarine to the left of Parche's sail is either Plaice (SS-390), Tinosa (SS-283) or Queenfish (SS-393). The Nereus (AS-17) is just visible left of the Parche's periscope shears.USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.

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