Trout (SS 202)

Lieutenant Commander A.H. Clark

The veteran patroller Trout (Lieutenant Commander A.H. Clark) left Pearl Harbor 8 February 1944 enroute to her eleventh patrol, topped off with fuel at Midway and left 16 February, never to be heard from again. She was to patrol between 20°-00'N and 23°-00'N, from the China coast to 130°-00'E.

Trout, scheduled to leave her area not later than sunset 27 March 1944, was expected at Midway about 7 April; overdue she was reported presumed lost 17 April.

From the Japanese since the war the following facts, have been gleaned: On 29 February 1944 Sakito Maru was sunk and another ship badly damaged in 22°-40'N, 131°-45'E. Since Trout was the only U.S. submarine which could have attacked at this time in this position but did not report the action, it is assumed she was lost during or shortly after this attack.

In her first ten patrols, Trout sank 23 enemy ships, giving her 87,800 tons sunk, and damaged 6 ships, for 75,000 tons. Trout's first patrol resulted in no enemy damage, but her second was most unusual: She delivered ammunition from Pearl Harbor to Corregidor in January 1942. To compensate for the weight of ammunition delivered, she brought back as ballast 20 tons of gold, silver and securities to Pearl Harbor; whence it was taken to Washington for safekeeping. Trout also sank a medium freighter and a patrol craft. From mid-March to mid-May 1942 Trout patrolled in the Empire, sank a large tanker, three freighters and a gun-boat, and damaged a large freighter. Her fourth patrol she was part of the forces defending Midway but made no successful attacks. The area south of Truk was the scene of Trout's fifth patrol; here she sank a transport and damaged an aircraft carrier.

During her sixth patrol, in the Southern Solomons, Trout had but one attack opportunity. She made no hits on a battleship sighted on 13 November 1942. In the South China Sea on her seventh patrol, she sank a freighter, a tanker and two sampans, and damaged two large tankers. In the same general area on her eighth patrol Trout sank two sampans and damaged an auxiliary.

In May and June 1943 Trout patrolled the lesser Philippines and sank two tankers, a freighter and two small schooners, also damaging a freighter. Trout's tenth patrol was a passage from Fremantle to Pearl, with a patrol of the Davao area enroute. She sank a freighter, a transport, a sampan and for a time was credited with a submarine - I-182, thought to have been destroyed in Surigao Strait on 9 September. Trout was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for her second, third and fifth patrols.

Submarine insignia.
U.S.S. Trout (SS-202)
Name Rate   Name Rate
Abbott, Roy E.
Adams, Albert W.
Barker, James B., Jr.
Beckley, C.V.
Bennett, Thomas W., Jr.
Boland, John J.
Bond, Robert V.
Brandt, Norbert A.
Brockman, Robert J.
Brownlow, Eugene
Callan, Kenneth T.
Carrico, Russell E.
Clark, Albert H.
Clarke, Joseph B.
Coakley, John E.
Copt, Louis J.
Corey, Frank J.
Crain, Elmer F.
Crowley, John R.
Cunningham, E.H. III
Decesare, Felice P., Jr.
Decker, Francis J.
Dortch, William H.
Ehlerding, Jack G.
Ewell, John E.
Eye, Ora R.
Festin, Stanley
Finney, Wilson O.
Frogner, Gordon I.
Frontino, Joseph N.
Frost, Chester F
Garrison, Robert L.
Gaylord, W.H.
Gionet, Robert C.
Gonyer, Alvin L.
Gurney, Hubert R.
Gwynn, Richard P.
Hall, Odell
Halterman, Albert M.
Hanford, Sherwood J.
F2
Bkr3
GM3
ENS
RM3
CPhM
S1
FC1
CTM
CCS
EM3
LTJG
LCDR-CO
EM1
GM2
EM1
EM2
ENs
Y3
MoMM1
CRM
CMoMM
S2
RM1
StM2
TM3
TM3
MoMM2
RM3
TM2
MM1
TM2
LT
MoMM2
SM1
CY
S1
EM1
TM1
MoMM3
    Harrison, Donald W.
Hoy, James E.
Hughes, Paul W.
Hughes, Robert L.
Johnson, Albert W.
Kaiser, Robert W.
Keltner, Morris H.
Kerr, Ralph
King, Elbert
Knutson, Gilmore J.
Kunstman, Roland
Lewis, Albert S.
Magner, Joseph F.
Massett, Peter J.
Mauer, Lawrence L.
McDuffie, William B.
Million, Franklin A.
Millner, Calvin C.
Mollohan, George D.
Murphy, Thomas J.
Myers, L.E., Jr.
Nearman, Kenneth E.
Perry, Ralph R.
Richardson, James W.
Rowan, Ladd R.
Ruder, Jacob E.
Scott, Kenneth I.
Sebring, Samuel R.
Smith, Arthur L.
Stanford, William W.
Swentzel, Lawrence M.
Taylor, Harold F.
Teisen, Arthur T.
Thoits, Everett E.
Tierney, Harold T.
Tracy, John T.
Walker, Ernest J.
Wilkowski, John B.
Winter, William A.
Woodworth, H.E.
CEM
MoMM1
S1
CEM
TM2
MoMM2
ENS
QM2
BM2
MoMM1
EM3
StM2
MoMM1
MoMM2
MoMM2
SC3
EM3
StM1
TM2
TM3
LT
RM2
ENS
CTM
GM3
MoMM2
MoMM1
TM3
CMoMM
CMoMM
F2
EM3
MoMM1
TM3
RT3
EM3
SM3
SM2
QM1
LT-XO

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