Argonaut (SS 166)


Lieutenant Commander J.R. PierceWhile operating in the area southeast of New Britain between 5°-15'S and 6°-00'S and west of 150°-50'E during her third patrol, Argonaut (Lieutenant Commander J.R. Pierce) intercepted a Japanese convoy returning to Rabaul from Lae, on 10 January 1943. A U.S. Army plane which was out of bombs saw one destroyer hit by a torpedo, saw the explosion of two other destroyers, and reported five other vessels in the group.

After a severe depth charge attack Argonaut was forced to surface and the destroyers, according to the plane's report, circled and pumped shells into her bow, which was sticking up at a considerable angle. This action took place in 5°-40'S, 152°-02'E, and further efforts to contact Argonaut by radio were fruitless. It is quite certain, then, that Argonaut met her end in this action. Japanese reports made available since the end of the war record a depth charge attack followed by artillery fire, at which time the "destroyed top of the sub floated".

Argonaut's first patrol near Midway had resulted in no damage to enemy ships, but her second was a most successful one. It was conducted following a complete modernization at Mare Island. Her mission had been to cooperate with Nautilus in transporting 252 Marine officers and men to Makin Island for a diversionary raid against enemy shore installations. In the early morning of 17 August 1942, the raiders were debarked in boats. After nearly two days ashore, the Marines returned, and the submarines transported them back to Pearl Harbor, Argonaut arriving on 26 August.

On the basis of the report given by the Army flier who witnessed the attack in which Argonaut perished, this ship was credited with having damaged one Japanese destroyer on her last patrol.

USS Argonaut

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Submarine insignia.
U.S.S. Argonaut (SS-166)
Name Rate   Name Rate
Alexander, Charles H.
Alexander, Robert D.
Allen, Robbins W.
Baker, Charles H.
Ball, Robert N.
Beecham, Thomas W.
Bergado, Marcelino T.
Bodak, John B.
Bowers, Frank H.
Bowker, Gordon A.
Boyt, Robert H.
Brooks, Malcolm M.
Brown, Victor M.
Campbell, Crawford K.
Carlisle, Stanley H.
Cartmell, Walter A.
Cerrinack, Charles J.
Corbin, Ivan B.
Cox, Alfred
Davidson, Rodney C.
Davis, Warren W.
DeGuzman, Jose
Dischner, Donald H.
Everett, J.L., Jr.
Facchini, Dario F.
Ferentz, John
Ferguson, Charles V.
Finley, George W.
Fitzgerald, William D.
Gasko, John
Gilliland, John A., Jr.
Goshorn, Ray L.
Hall, Virgil E.
Hansen, Edward J.
Harbison, Robert N.
Harrison, Ernest H.
Hartman, Dennis R.
Hogg, Francis .
Hudson, Billy J.
Hunter, Ray
Jenkins, George S.
Kaplan, Gerald
Kaylor, Fredreick G.
Kelley, James A.
Kessinger, Harold
Knapp, Arthur L.
Kocis, G.N.
Koller, Frank M.
Lauder, Guy E.
Lay, George E.
Leaverton, Charles C.
Legler, Kenneth R.
Leland, Lawrence D.
Y1
QM2
LT
CMoMM
S1
CEM
MA1
MoMM2
F1
LT
CMoMM
MoMM2
MoMM2
MoMM2
MoMM1
CMoMM
CGM
RM1
F1
GM3
S2
OCC
MoMM2
LT
MoMM2
S2
S1
BM2
GM1
BM2
S1
GM2
S2
EM2
TM3
SC3
MoMM2
MoMM2
RM1
S2
CGM
S2
PhM1
MoMM1
SC1
QM3
ENS
TM3
TM2
MoMM2
EM1
RM3
CRM
    Lewis Frederick H.
Logan, Harold L.
Lokey, George A.
Los Banes, Zody L.
Maloney, Richard M., Jr.
Martin, Paulino P.
McClelland, Elmo
Miller, Robert H.
Miller, Walter F.
Miltner, Blaine G.
Morgan, Thomas M.
Myers, William H., Jr.
Narrow, Thomas A., Jr.
Nichols, Roland F.
Olds, Percy J.
Parker, Billie B.
Parker, Theodore
Parsons, Rolla, Jr.
Peevey, James W.
Pierce, John R.
Pritchard, Wayne L.
Ramos, Mariano, Jr.
Rasimas, Algord J.
Remillard, Paul B.
Robertson, Robert N.
Rolland, Harold L.
Rollins, Gerald M.
Romero, Lupe
Roup, Marion F.
Rule, James
Schempp, Fred E.
Siedman, Walter F.
Serafini, Hugo J.
Sheeks, David C.
Sigler, Elwin W.
Simoneau, Forrest W.
Smith, Thomas L.
Spaeth, John R.
Stanley, Jason
Thomas, Willie D.
Tingling, Henry J.
Vesmas, Julius
Vierling, William E.
Wagner, Earle J.
Wehner, William G.
White, Clifford C., Jr.
White, Thomas A.
Widener, Hubert R.
Williams, Roy W.
Winsor, William D.
Wylie, Robert D.
Zintz, Edward L.
EM3
CMoMM
EM2
MA2
TM1
MA2
F2
EM2
S1
LTJG
FCM3
S1
S1
EM3
OS2
S1
MoMM2
RM2
EM3
LCDR-CO
F1
OS1
CEM
SM2
LT-XO
CGM
S1
CCStd
MoMM1
MoMM2
TM3
RM3
MoMM2
Y2
MoMM1
LT
CBM
MoMM2
GM2
OC2
S1
GM1
MoMM1
MoMM2
F1
TM2
S1
CY
TM3
GM1
F1
SC3

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Related Resource: Glossary of US Naval Abbreviations