HISTORY FOR U.S.S. Plunger
Launched:Builder:Sponsor:Commissioned:First Captain:Stricken/Lost:
1936Scrapped 1957
Patrols
No:Captain:From:Date:Duration:Score (WT):JANACReturn:
1David C. WhitePearl Harbor12/41521/7,6001/4,700Pearl Harbor
MidwayDavid C. WhitePearl Harbor5/42150/00/0Pearl Harbor
2David C. WhitePearl Harbor6/42362/19,0002/6,300Pearl Harbor
3David C. WhitePearl Harbor10/42270/00/0Brisbane
4David C. WhiteBrisbane11/42531/1,3000/0Pearl Harbor
5Raymond H. BassPearl Harbor2/43291/9,0001/1,800Pearl Harbor
6Raymond H. BassPearl Harbor4/43293/24,1002/15,000Pearl Harbor
7Raymond H. BassPearl Harbor6/43321/5,1001/2,500Pearl Harbor
8Raymond H. BassPearl Harbor8/43302/9,0003/10,500Pearl Harbor
9Raymond H. BassPearl Harbor11/43420/00/0Pearl Harbor
10Raymond H. BassPearl Harbor1/44554/22,5003/9,600Pearl Harbor
11Bafford E. LewellenPearl Harbor5/44321/1,5001/1,300Pearl Harbor
12Edward J. FaheyPearl Harbor7/44511/5,0000/0Pearl Harbor

 

The SS-179 Plunger submarine was launched on July 8 1936 and commissioned on November 19, 1936. The first few years, the Plunger took part in routine patrols and exercises.

On December 7, 1941, the SS-179 was making preparations to enter Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked and was one of the first three US submarines to go on war patrol in World War Two.

In the following four years the Plunger was very effective as she sank a total of 16 Japanese ships and damaged 7 others, sending a total of 102,107 tons to the bottom. Her impressive accomplishments during the war included the first wartime penetration of the Sea of Japan, the first (and, until the very end of the war, the only) submarine to return to the Sea of Japan, rescue of a naval aviator, and the dubious distinction of being the first US submarine to be depth-charged by the Japanese during the war.

 

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