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U. S. S. Kraken (SS 370),   p. 26 PDF (320.4 KB)

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Kete left Pearl Harbor on October 31, 1944 bound for her first War Patrol.
On November 19 she developed engine trouble and had to head for Saipan
for repairs. On December 24,1944 Kete departed Saipan to continue her first
patrol. She arrived at her first patrol area December 28, 1944 patrolling
the vicinity of Yoron Jima-Okinoyerabus Jima Pass. She was ordered to patrol
Lifeguard Station approximately 60 miles S. E. of Okinawa and operated at
this station until ordered to Guam where she arrived on January 1945. No
enemy targets had been sighted. Kete departed Guam on March 1, 1945
headed for her second patrol in the vicinity of the Nansec Shoto Island Chain.
On the night of March 9, 1945 Kete sank three medium-sized freighters. She
departed her station on March 20 and on this date sent a special weather
report from position latitude 29 degrees - 38'N, Longitude 130 degrees -
Kete was not heard from again. It is thought that Kete was sunk by
a Japanese Submarine.
  Kete sank three ships with a total tonnage of 6,881 tons.
  The U.S.S. Kete (SS 369) earned the following medals:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal.
    1 Star/Okinawa Operation-Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto March
      6 - March 16, 1945.
                           U.S.S. Kraken (SS 370)
Keel Laid - December 14, 1943
Launched - April 30, 1944
Commissioned - September 8,1944
Sponsor - Mrs. John Z. Anderson - Wife of Honorable John Z. Anderson,
         Member of Congress from California.
 On September 27, 1944 Kraken departed Manitowoc to steam by way of
 Chicago to Lockport, Illinois where she entered a floating drydock for towing
 down the Mississippi River to the Naval Station of Algiers, Louisiana, which
 she reached October 4. Kraken received fuel, provisions and ammunition and
 got underway four days later for intensive training in the Gulf of Panama
 while based at Balboa. She cleared Balboa on November 4 and arrived at
 Pearl Harbor on November 21, 1944.
 U.S.S. Kraken departed Pearl Harbor for herfirstwar patrol on December 12,
 1944. After topping off with fuel at Saipan on the 23rd she set course the
 next morning for the coast of Hainon Indo-China, where her principle service
 was to maintain lifeguard station in support of Third Fleet carrier strikes.
 Kraken rescued the pilot of a damaged Hellcat Fighter which crashed
 in heavy seas.
 U.S.S. Kraken is credited with sinking a Japanese tanker on her second patrol.
 Kraken earned 1 Battle Star during her 4 war patrols. U.S.S. Kraken returned
Mare Island for inactivation on February 4, 1946. She was placed out of Commission
May 4, 1946 in reserve, remaining in reserve status until September 18, 1958
she was assigned to Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard for activation overhaul prepara-
tory to transfer to the Government of Spain October 24, 1959.

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