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USS Grunion (SS-216)

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A team lead by the sons of her commanding officer, Mannert Lincoln "Jim" Abele, found USS Grunion (SS-216) approximately 10 miles northeast of Kiska in the Aleutian Islands. On August 16, 2006, they discovered a probable submarine wreck, and produced sonar images of it. The vessel shown here lies at a depth of over 2000 feet.

The following year the Abele brothers sent down an unmanned remotely operated vehicle (ROV), and photographed the wrecksite. After detailed analysis, the U.S. Navy confirmed the identity of the vessel as USS Grunion.

Grunion showing open hatch

 

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Victory At Cost

Victory at a cost

During World War II, The United States Submarine Force, encompassing less than 2% of the U.S. Navy's fleet, inflicted destruction on Japanese maritime power. U.S. submarines were responsible for sinking over 30% of the Japanese Navy including eight aircraft carriers, one battleship and eleven cruisers.  More importantly, the Submarine Force sank 2,400 Japanese merchant ships totaling 4.9 million tons.

Chart of Enemy Ships

However, this success did not come without risk. Out of a total of 14,000 submariners who fought in peril under the sea took losses of over 3,500 officers and men.  Approximately one in four submariners never returned.

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The USS Bonefish submarine plaque is one of fifty-two memorials at the Waterfront Memorial at Bowfin Park.