USS Wahoo arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her fifth war patrol. Morton is credited with sinking 19 ships totaling nearly 55,000 tons during his four patrols in command of Wahoo; his total was second only to his own executive officer, Richard H. O'Kane.
"The Morton family is thrilled that there will be closure to the loss of our father," added Morton, who also spoke on behalf of his sister, Edwina Thirsher and her family. Despite urging by executive officer Richard O’Kane, and “Mush” Morton, who was making a PCO cruise, Kennedy declined to make a second attack after the depth charging had ended. Later on the same day, she sank Japanese submarine I-15, hitting her with 1 of 3 torpedoes. Oct. 31, 2006.
Hofwolt said the museum is making plans to host a memorial ceremony to honor the crew members, most likely in October 2007. Wahoo set out on her first war patrol on 23 August 1942, heading for Truk. For the patrol, Morton was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross - his fourth.
Your IP address will be tracked even if you remain anonymous. US Navy held an official remembrance ceremony for the crew of USS Wahoo at the USS Bowfin Museum and Submarine Park at Honolulu, Hawaii, United States. 4 May 1943 : USS Wahoo reconnoitered the northeastern tip of Etorofu, Japan (now Iturup, Russia), then damaged seaplane tender Kamikawa Maru, hitting her with 1 of 3 torpedoes.
He was transferred off 45 minutes before the boat sailed off for its final and fatal patrol. USS Wahoo transited the Etorofu Strait and entered the Sea of Okhotsk. "We owe a great debt of gratitude to the brave men on Wahoo and to all of our WWII submariners who performed so magnificently during the war. Three hit, though it took two hours for the target to sink. USS Wahoo was drydocked at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. USS Wahoo remained in the area until 20 September, when she moved to a different part of her patrol area. USS Wahoo began a period of refitting at Midway Atoll. "I am very pleased to be part of an effort where old adversaries have joined together as friends to find the Wahoo," said MacKinnon. Together, the two officers put a new attack system into use, with O’Kane manning the periscope and Morton directing the attack based on O’Kane’s observations. Please consider supporting us on Patreon. She departed on her fifth war patrol on 25 April. Arguably, it was actually the most effective system, but few other commanders were willing to give up the periscope. During the overhaul, a 4-inch (100-millimeter) gun and two 20-millimeter guns were installed. But Japanese reports later stated that one of its planes had spotted an American submarine in the La Perouse Strait Oct. 11, 1943. USS Wahoo reconnoitered Matsuwa (now Matua), Kurile Islands, taking photographs of the Japanese airfield and other facilities. The wreck was observed to have suffered a direct bomb hit in the conning tower. If it can be arranged, a combined service with the Russians and Japanese to honor Wahoo and the Russian submarine L-19, as well as the respective Japanese losses, is also a possibility. On 19 March Wahoo sank Zogen Maru with a single torpedo. USS Wahoo transited Vitiaz Strait between New Guinea island and New Britain island. USS Wahoo attacked a Japanese freighter and her escort southeast of Namonuito Atoll, Caroline Islands, hitting the freighter with 1 of 4 torpedoes. USS Wahoo sighted a Japanese carrier and mis-identified her to be Ryujo. USS Wahoo declared her readiness for a war patrol while at Midway Atoll. Four hours later, she sank freighter Nittsu Maru, hitting her with 2 of 3 torpedoes; she encountered 3 survivors, all of whom refused to be rescued. Morton was ordered back to Pearl Harbor after reporting his torpedo problems.
USS Wahoo attacked a Japanese transport off Iwate Prefecture, Japan; all 3 torpedo missed. USS Wahoo departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her second war patrol. Six hours later, she began a three-hour pursuit of the two remaining ships of the Japanese convoy, eventually sinking both (a tanker and a freighter), hitting them with 3 of 8 torpedoes. After returning to Mare Island Navy Yard in Vallejo, California, United States, squadron commander Captain John B. Griggs, Jr. came aboard to present awards. The divers felt this was consistent with an aerial bomb strike.
The wreck had several characteristics consistent with Wahoo, and the submarine was found very near those reported in Imperial Japanese Navy records. 11 torpedoes were expended, 7 of which hit. USS Wahoo sank two small fishing vessels with her deck gun in the East China Sea. Under strict radio silence, Morton and his crew proceeded as ordered. Two hours later, she destroyed another small vessels. She then surfaced to attack Japanese survivors in lifeboats; this last action would generate some controversy, especially that some of the survivors killed included Indian prisoners of war. Kennedy missed his chance at Chiyoda, as well as at an unidentified target, which Kennedy had presumed to be the aircraft carrier Ryujo. USS Wahoo reconnoitered waters far north of Wewak, Australian New Guinea. Her keel was laid 28 June 1941 at the Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California. Kennedy was credited with sinking the sub during the war, but the sinking was disallowed by JANAC post-war. July 28-29, 2006 - While conducting a search for L-19, a Russian submarine lost in La Perouse Strait during the closing days of WWII, Vladimir Kartashev of Vladivostok reviewed the SEIC side scan sonar images. Morton’s actions were not generally condemned at the time. USS Wahoo completed her scheduled overhaul at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. USS Wahoo arrived at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California, United States for a scheduled overhaul.
USS Wahoo concluded her patrol at Midway, undergoing a refit at the submarine base there. It became clear at that time the submarine fleet would take the fight to the enemy. Sonar Image of the Shipwreck of USS Wahoo SS-238 Sonar image by Sakhalin Energy Investment Corp, July 2004 via WarFish Credit: Credit: Date: Date: High Resolution Version Acquire This Image|
However, in Commander O'Kane's account of the circular torpedo run that sank USS TANG, he felt it would have hit TANG amidships (at the conning tower) had … USS Wahoo arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her first war patrol. "Wahoo" earned six battle star s for World War II service. USS Wahoo departed waters near Wewak, Australian New Guinea for Palau Islands. On 21 March, off the Korean coast, USS Wahoo put down Hozen Maru. After studying Japanese Domei news agency broadcasts and naval records after the war it was concluded that USS Wahoo was destroyed by anti-submarine aircraft on 11 Oct 1943. Please refrain from using strong language.