U.S.S. Robalo (SS 273) Historical

U.S.S. Robalo (SS 273) Historical (HM1V0H)

Location: Manitowoc, WI 54220 Manitowoc County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 5.553', W 87° 39.329'

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Keel Laid 24 October 1942
Launched 9 May 1943
Commissioned 28 September 1943

On 8 January 1944 the U.S.S. Robalo began her first patrol west of the Philippines. During her first 2 patrols, she earned the Asiatic-Pacific Area Service [sic - Campaign] Medal and 2 Battle Stars and was credited with sinking 1 vessel. The Robalo left Fremantle, Australia, on 22 June 1944 on her third and last patrol. She was sunk on 26 July 1944. It is believed that an enemy mine caused the sinking. Seventy-seven brave submariners perished in the Robalo. One officer and 3 enlisted men survived the sinking and swam to shore where they were captured by Military Police. On 15 August 1944 the Robalo survivors were put aboard a Japanese destroyer and were never heard from again. Fifty-two American submarines were lost during World War II. The U.S. Submarine Veterans of World War II have assigned one of these lost submarines to each state. (Two were assigned to both California and New York.) The U.S.S. Robalo was designated the North Dakota state boat.
Robalo Commissioning Crew
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HM NumberHM1V0H
Placed ByVeterans and Concerned Citizens
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Date Added Thursday, October 13th, 2016 at 5:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 447528 N 4882361
Decimal Degrees44.09255000, -87.65548333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 5.553', W 87° 39.329'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 5' 33.18" N, 87° 39' 19.74" W
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Area Code(s)920
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 75 Maritime Dr, Manitowoc WI 54220, US
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