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Hoe (SS-258)

(SS-258: dp. 1,526; l. 311'9" ; b. 27'3" ; dr. 15'3" ; s. 20 k.; cpl. 60; a. 10 21" tt., 1 3", 2 .50 2 .30 cal., cl. Gato)

One of various sharks, especially the dogfish.

Hoe (SS-258) was launched by Electric Boat Co., Groton, Conn., 17 September 1942; sponsored by Miss Helen Hess; and commissioned 16 December 1942, Lt. Comdr. B. C. Folger in command.

After shakedown Hoe sailed 19 April via the Panama Canal to Pearl Harbor, where she arrived 15 May 1943. She departed on her first combat war patrol 27 May, and patrolled the Guam-Palaus area. Hoe damaged two freighters before returning 11 July to Pearl Harbor via Ulithi and Midway.

Hoe's second patrol conducted west of Truk, was marred by considerable engine trouble. The submarine departed 21 August, damaged one tanker, and eluded several depth charge attacks before returning to Pearl Harbor 18 October 1943. She also took part in the search for downed aviators off Wake, 8-9 October.

Following extensive repairs, Hoe set out on her third patrol 26 January 1944. Patrolling between Mindanao and Halmahera, the submarine made an attack 16 February which damaged one ship. Although shadowed by escort vessels, Hoe detected another convoy 25 October and in two separate attacks sank tanker Nissho Maru. She returned to Fremantle, Australia, 5 March for refit and training.

Hoe began her fourth war patrol from Fremantle 4 April, and operated in the South China Sea, the vital Japanese sea supply line. She attacked a convoy 8 May, but scored no hits. Two more attacks 17 and 19 May resulted in several damaged freighters and severe retaliatory depth charge attacks on Hoe. She returned to Fremantle 2 June 1944. Her fifth war patrol, in the same area, was conducted between 29 June and 23 August 1944.

The veteran submarine sailed on her sixth patrol 15 September as leader of a coordinated attack group consisting of Hoe, Aspro, and Caorilla. Operating southwest of Lingayen Gulf, the submarines accounted for some 38,000 tons of valuable Japanese shipping in five night surface attacks. Hoe was credited with the sinking of passenger-cargo ship KohoTco Maru 8 October, and returned to Fremantle 22 October. Her seventh patrol, 23 November to 3 January 1945, resulted in no sinkings. Part of this cruise was conducted in coordination with Flasher and Beouna.

Hoe's final war patrol began 8 February 1945, when she again headed for the South China Sea. By this time the vigorous American submarine offensive had taken its toll and little Japanese shipping found. The submarine did detect a tanker and her escort vessel 25 February and in a well-conducted submerged attack sank the escort, Shinan. Two days before, while patrolling off Indochina, she and Flounder had been involved in one of the most unusual accidents of the war. While steaming at a depth of 60 feet Hoe struck an object and broached, sustaining only light damage. Subsequent analysis proved that she had actually collided with Flounder, one of the only submerged collisions on record. Ending her last patrol at Pearl Harbor 6 March, Hoe returned to the United States for repairs. She sailed again for the Western Pacific 5 July 1945 and was just entering Apra Harbor, Guam, when the war ended. A few days later she sailed for the East Ooast via Pearl Harbor and the Panama Canal, arriving New York 29 September 1945.

Hoe decommissioned 7 August 1946 at New London, Conn., and joined the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. In September 1956 she was taken out of reserve to act as a Naval Reserve Training Ship in a noncommissioned status in the 3d Naval District. She was subsequently sold 23 August 1960 to Laneett Inc., Boston, Mass.

Hoe received seven battle stars for World War II service. Her first, third, fourth, sixth, and eighth patrols were designated successful.

Published: Thu Apr 21 07:24:03 EDT 2016