81 Men Lost

February 29, 1944

USS Trout (SS 202)
Coming alongside USS Detroit (CL-8) at Pearl Harbor in early March 1942, to unload a cargo of gold that she had evacuated from the Philippines. The gold had been loaded aboard Trout at Corregidor on February 4, 1942.

  • Tambor Class Submarine
  • Keel laid: August 28, 1939, at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME
  • Launched: May 21, 1940
  • Commissioned: November 15, 1940
  • Displacement: 1,475 tons surfaced; 2,370 tons submerged
  • Length:307′ 2″
  • Beam: 27′ 3″
  • Depth limit: 250′
  • Complement: 5 officers, 54 enlisted
  • Armament: ten 21″ torpedo tubes, six forward, four aft, 24 torpedoes, one 3″/50 deck gun, two .50 caliber machine guns, two .30 caliber machine guns

On February 8th, the submarine began her 11th and final war patrol. TROUT topped off with fuel at Midway and, on the 16th, headed via a great circle route toward the East China Sea. She was never heard from again.

Japanese records indicate that one of their convoys was attacked by a submarine on February 29, 1944 in the patrol area assigned to TROUT. The submarine badly damaged one large passenger-cargo ship and sank the 7,126-ton transport SAKITO MARU. Possibly one of the convoy’s escorts sank the submarine. On April 17, 1944, TROUT was declared presumed lost.

Japanese records examined after the war showed that destroyer ASASHIMO, presumably an escort in the convoy of SAKITO MARU, detected a submarine and dropped 19 depth charges. Oil and debris came to the surface and the destroyer dropped a final depth charge on that spot. TROUT went down with all 81 hands.

Naval Historical Center

Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet

USS Trout (SS 202)USS Trout (SS 202)
Patch(es) were obtained from:
NavSource Online (Submarine Photo Archive).
Patch on left contributed by Mike Smolinski, patch on right contributed by Don McGrogan, BMCS, USN (ret.)
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