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U. S. S. Pompon (SS267),   pp. 6-7 PDF (505.6 KB)

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U.S.S. Pogy (SS 266)
Keel Laid - September 15, 1941
Launched - June 23, 1942
Commissioned -January 10, 1943
Sponsor - Mrs. Julius A. Furer - wife of Rear Admiral Julius A. Furer
         Office of Secretary Navy Department.
 The U.S.S. Pogy departed Manitowoc on February 1, 1943, bound for New
 Orleans, Panama, Pearl Harbor and the Pacific Theater of War. April 15 saw
 Pogy on her way to her first war patrol along the eastern coast of Honshu.
 On her second patrol the Pogy covered the Empire-Truk main communication
 and Supply lines.
 The Pogy did an outstanding job on her fourth war patrol by sinking a 6,081
 ton submarine tender. Then a freighter. Six days later the Pogy sank a 5,000
 ton transport loaded with troops. The 27 depth charges dropped caused damage
 necessitating termination of the patrol after only 28 days.
 The ten patrols of the Pogy cost the Japanese 16 ships with a total of 62,633
 tons sunk and 33,184 tons damaged.
 Pogy earned 8 Battle Stars and was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation.
The U.S.S. Pogy (SS 266) was stricken from the Naval Register in 1958.
                          U.S.S. Pompon (SS267)
Keel Laid - November 26, 1941
Launched - August 15, 1942
Commissioned - March 17, 1943
Sponsor - Miss Katherine Mary Wolleson - daughter of Captain E. A. Wolleson
U.S. N.
The U.S.S. Pompon completed nine war patrols with hard luck her companion.
The Pompon steamed from Brisbane, Australia on July 10, 1943 to conduct
her first war patrol in the Truk area. Only a few days out, a Japanese subma-
rine fired two torpedoes at her, both passing ahead. On July 25 she torpedoed
the 5,871 ton transport Thames Maru. In the same action two more attacks
damaged a second transport and also a smaller transport. Numerous patrol
boats and another enemy submarine were evaded, and the Pompon returned
to Brisbane on August 22, 1943.
  On July 19 the Pompon departed on her sixth and most successful patrol.
Operating from the eastern coast of Honshu to the Sea of Okhotsk area, she
sank a 300 ton armed trawler with gunfire. On August 12 a Japanese convoy
was contacted off the coast of Russian Sakhalin. In the wild night surface
which followed an 8,000 ton tanker was badly damaged by two torpedoes,
the 2718 ton transport Mikage Maru No. 20 was sunk, and a hit was possibly
obtained on one of two hotly pursuing escort vessels. During this melee the
Pompon was almost sunk by one of her own torpedoes. While surfaced, with
the enemy bearing down, one of her own "fish" perversely circled
and just
missed the stern. She was driven down by gunfire and then depth charged,
but managed to escape without damage.

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