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USS Seawolf SS 197

USS Seawolf SS 197 launch
USS Seawolf SS 197 launch Aug. 15, 1939, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine.
Photo courtesy of Robert Mitchell whose grandfather  J. W. Saint died aboard the USS Seawolf during WW II

USS Seawolf SS 197 shortly after completion.
USS Seawolf SS 197 shortly after completion.
Photo courtesy of Robert Mitchell whose grandfather  J. W. Saint died aboard the USS Seawolf during WW II

USS Seawolf SS 197
USS Seawolf SS 197

USS Seawolf SS 197 Aug 5, 1940
USS Seawolf SS 197 Aug. 5, 1940
Photo courtesy of Robert Mitchell whose grandfather,  J. W. Saint died aboard the USS Seawolf during WW II

USS Seawolf SS 197
USS Seawolf SS 197 passing under the Brooklyn Bridge.
Picture provided by Karl J. Kramer who's uncle L. B. (Bob) Parden was a plankowner of Seawolf.

USS Seawolf SS 197 crew Aug. 5, 1940
USS Seawolf SS 197 Officers & Crew Aug. 5, 1940, Portsmouth, NH
Picture & Information provided by Karl J. Kramer who's uncle L. B. (Bob) Parden was a plankowner of Seawolf.

Crew of Seawolf
Picture & Information provided by Karl J. Kramer who's uncle L. B. (Bob) Parden was a plankowner of Seawolf.
(names in red mean lost in the war)
First Row, L to R: 
Mac Dowell, (lost at Corregidor); Wilcoxen; Lt. Kinsella; Lt. Adkins; 
Cdr. (Fearless Freddy) Warder; Lt. Deragon; Lt Holden; Watts; Jobe
Second Row:
Butler (lost on Tullibee); Tremblay; Langford; Delnigro; Metz; Capece; Perry (lost at Corregidor); Hershey; Bennet; Leffingwell
Third Row:
Sandridge (killed at Perth); Lober; Baker; Carney; Cross; Apperson; Sullivan; Crawford; Harris; Lamberson; Eckberg; Franz
Fourth Row:
Campbell; Connely; Jenkins; Hutchinson; Gervais; Butler; Rajjotte; 
Poole (lost on the Flier); Lipham
Fifth Row:
Enslin; Street; Kibbons (lost on Shark); Mocarsky; Evans; Crane; Bateman; Dvorack; Randazzo; Hickman; Dishman; Rozel; Parden

Commissioning Plank
Commissioning Plank presented to L. B. (Bob) Parden at commissioning.
Picture & Information provided by Karl J. Kramer who's uncle L. B. (Bob) Parden was a plankowner of Seawolf.

Uss Seawolf SS 197 March 7, 1943
USS Seawolf SS 197 March 7, 1943
Photo courtesy of Robert Mitchell whose grandfather,  J. W. Saint died aboard the USS Seawolf during WW II

USS Seawolf SS 197 Battle Flag
USS Seawolf SS 197 Battle Flag
Photo courtesy of Robert Mitchell whose grandfather,  J. W. Saint died aboard the USS Seawolf during WW II


An Account of the Sinking of the USS Seawolf  SS 197
USS SEAWOLF (SS-197), under the command of LCdr A.M. Bontier, left Brisbane on 21 September 1944 beginning her 15th patrol, and arrived at Manus on 29 September. Leaving Manus on the same day, SEAWOLF was directed to carry certain stores and Army personnel to the east coast of Samar.

On 3 October SEAWOLF and USS NARWHAL (SS-167) exchanged SJ radar recognition signals at 0756. Later the same day an enemy submarine attack was made at 2-32'N;129-18'E, which resulted in the sinking of USS SHELTON. Since there were four friendly submarines in the vicinity of this attack, they were directed to give their positions, and the other three
did, but SEAWOLF was not heard from. On 4 October, SEAWOLF again was directed to report her position, and again she failed to do so.

USS ROWELL and an aircraft attacked a submarine in the vicinity of the attack on SHELTON, having at that time no knowledge of any friendly submarines in the area, and it was thought that SEAWOLF must be held down by these antisubmarine activities. It is possible that SEAWOLF was the submarine attacked.

The report from ROWELL indicates that an apparently lethal attack was conducted in conjunction with a plane which marked the spot with dye. ROWELL established sound contact on the submarine, which then sent long dashes and dots which ROWELL state bore no resemblance to the existing recognition signals. After one of the several hedgehog attacks a small
amount of debris and a large air bubble were seen. It has been established that the Japanese submarine RO-41 sank SHELTON on 3 October, and was able to return to Japan.

In view of the above facts, and the fact that there is no attack listed in the Japanese report of antisubmarine attacks which could account for the loss of SEAWOLF, it is possible that SEAWOLF was sunk by friendly forces in an antisubmarine attack on 3 October 1944, in the vicinity of  2-32'N;129-18'E. It is also possible that she was lost to an operational casualty or as a result of an unrecorded enemy attack.


USS Seawolf sank taking 102 men to the bottom of the ocean. 14 aboard were US Army personnel.
Above information from Subnet.com:   http://www.subnet.com/fleet/ss197.htm

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Naval Reserve I.D. Card for James W. Saint who want down with the Seawolf when she was depth charged by the USS Rowell. He was big man for a submariner at that time, standing 6' 2+ inches in height.

Photos from the Family Archive of Robert D. Mitchell of his grandfather James W. Saint.


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James Saint, (far left in the second row), in what is most likely his Machinist Mate "A" School picture. The men are wearing undress blues so the date is either before June 1 of the year or after September 1 of the year and it appears to be sunny and warm so it is close on one side or the other of summer. The photo is undated.

Photos from the Family Archive of Robert D. Mitchell of his grandfather James W. Saint.


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James W. Saint (Left) as a First Class Machinist Mate on liberty with friends. The photo is undated but could be close to the time of the sinking of the Seawolf. On close examination he has several stars on his combat patrol pin. The package of cigarettes on the table are Lucky Strikes. The other two people are not identified.

Photos from the Family Archive of Robert D. Mitchell of his grandfather James W. Saint.


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