USS ALBACORE (SS-218)
Early on, the U.S. Submarine Veteran's of WW II decided that each state would
commemorate the loss of at least one submarine lost during World War II.
Each of the 52 boats were designated a lost-boat to a state, with California and
New York getting two boats each. The states were to set up a Memorial to
their lost-boat and its Crew. The USS Albacore (SS-218) is our lost-boat here
Memorials have been erected throughout the country in various forms. There are plaques, torpedo, WWII Submarine Conning Towers, actual restored submarines for visitors and gravestone markers for families of deceased. The below pictures show the building of the memorial to the Albacore.
ALBACORE with Lt. Cdr. H. R. Rimmer in
command, left Pearl Harbor on 24 October 1944, topped off with fuel at Midway on
28 October, and departed there for her eleventh patrol the same day, never to be
heard from again. She was to depart her area at sunset on 5
December 1944, and was expected at Midway about 12 December. When she had not
been seen, nor heard from by 21 December despite the sharpest of lookouts for
her, she was reported as presumed lost.
According to Japanese records captured after the war, a submarine assumed to be ALBACORE struck a mine very close to the shore off northeastern Hokkaido on 7 November 1944. The explosion occurred on 7 November 1944, in latitude 41 degrees-49 minutes N, longitude 141 degrees-11 minutes E while ALBACORE was submerged. A Japanese patrol boat witnessed the explosion of a submerged submarine and saw a great deal of heavy oil, cork, bedding, and food supplies rise to the surface in the area ALBACORE was assumed to have been in.
Crew aboard at time of her loss (85 Officers and Men):
|S1 Walter H. Barber Jr.||GM2 Kenneth R. Baumer||ENS Henry F. Bigelow||PhMC Edward R. Blackmon|
|LT(jg) W.W. Bower||MoMM2 Allan R. Brannam||RT1 Herbert H. Burch||S1 Nicholas J. Cado|
|MoMM3 John J. Carano||MoMM1 Charles L. Carpenter||SM2 James L. Carpenter||F1 Pasquale C. Carracino|
|S1 David S. Chapman||TM1 Frederick H. Child Jr.||FC3 Douglas Childress||TM2 Perry A. Collom|
|MoMM2 Audrey C.Crayton||TM3 Jack E. Cugnin||EM3 John W.Culbertson||EM2 Philip H.
|GM3 Roy E. Davis||MM3 Fred W. Day||TM3 Julius Delfonso||TM2 James L. DeWitt|
|MoMM1 James T. Dunlap||RT3 Carl H. Eskew||LT(jg) J.F. FortierJr.||S1 Gordon H.Fullilove|
|MoMM3 John W. Gant||EMC John P. Gennett||SC1 William H. Gibson||LT(jg) J.F. Gilkeson|
|F1 Charles C. Hall||QM3 James K. Harrell||SC1 Robert D. Hill||F2 Allan D. Hudgins|
|TM3 Donald P. Hughes||TM3 Eugene E. Hutchinson||EM2 Burton P. Johnson||QM2 Sheridan P. Jones|
|S1 George Kaplafka||S2 Nelson Kelley Jr.||SM1 Morris K. Kincaid||F1 Victor E. Kinon|
|MoMM2 Joseph M. Krizanek||S2 Arthur S. Kruger||LT W.E. Lang Jr.||EM3 Jack A. Little|
|S1 Kenneth W. Manful||S1 Patrick K. McKenna||SM2 Willie A. McNeill||EMC Joseph N. Mercer|
|GM2 Leonard D. Moss||TM2 Richard J. Naudack||S1 Encamacion Nevarez||S1 Joseph H. Northam|
|S1 Frank R. Nystrom||F1 Robert J. O'Brien||TMC Elmer H. Peterson||TM2 Charles F. Pieringer Jr.|
|MoMM1 J.T. Porter||S1 Jerrold W. Reed Jr.||LT Francis A. Riley||LCDR(CO) Hugh R. Rimmer|
|QMC A.B. Roberts||S1 James E. Rowe||RMC Philip Shoenthal||SC2 George M.Sisk|
|MoMM2 Joe L. Spratt||MoMM3 Harold W. St.Clair||MoMMC Arthur L. Stanton||EM1 Robert J. Starace|
|EM2 John H. Stephenson||YN2 Maurice C. Strattan||MoMM1 Earl R. Tanner||EM3 William G. Tesser|
|RM3 Paul R. Tomich||LT(jg) C.E. Traynor Jr.||LT(XO) Theodore T.Walker||EM2 Elmer Weisenfluh|
|EM3 James D. Welch||MoMM2 Richard A. West||MoMM2 Wesley J. Willans||F1 Leslie A. Wilmott|
|RM2 David R. Wood|
The Albacore Memorial Project, PGE service yard: The Beginning — September 2008
Veteran's Memorial Park, Beaverton, Oregon: The move — November 2008
Veteran's Day Dedication — 11 November 2008
Memorial Day — 25 May 2009
The finished Product (99%) — July 2009
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Fireman 1st Class John Gant wrote a poem and sent it home just
prior to leaving on the Albacore's last patrol. He was
promoted to MoMM3 prior to the Albacore loss. His daughter
Nancy wrote this response. Copies of both
Poems were supplied by his daughter Nancy Anne Gant Dillon. She lost her
son, to whom she refers in her poem shortly after writing her response poem.
Victory and How We Get It
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To the Daddy I Never Knew but Loved So Much
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|A "Memory Box" was sealed inside the Starboard water feature. It contains a wide variety of items: The Albacore crew book containing all the records (it is about the size of a telephone book) on the Albacore crew, such as Eternal Patrol page for each man and crew photos, notification reports to Next of Kin, list of all Next of Kin currently known, Sailing report for 11th patrol, etc. It has a Submarine War Patrol Report CD for all the Albacore patrols. A set of the DVD's of the Dedication Ceremonies. A copy of the Book Across the Blue Pacific, written by Louise Borden and dedicated to her uncle, who was the Exec. on board. A set of charts of the loss area off Hokkaido showing the position of loss. Various letters, and artifacts sent by family members. A list of those who worked on and built the memorial. I probably left out a number of other things, but we put anything in there that related to construction of the memorial as well as anything that we had that related to the Albacore and its history. — Keith Miller|
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