82 Men Lost

June 14, 1944

USS Golet (SS 361)
Looking like an oar driven galley, the Golet (SS 361) appears across the Manitowoc River immeadiatley before launching on August 1, 1943

  • Gato Class Submarine
  • Keel laid: January 27, 1943, at Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, WI
  • Launched: August 1, 1943
  • Commissioned: November 30, 1943
  • Displacement: 1,526 tons surfaced; 2,424 tons submerged
  • Length: 311′ 9″
  • Beam: 27′ 3″
  • Operating depth: 300′
  • Complement: 6 officers, 54 enlisted
  • Armament: ten 21″ torpedo tubes, six forward, four aft, 24 torpedoes, one 3″/50 deck gun, two .30 cal. machine guns

Lieutenant James S. Clark took command of Golet, departed Midway Island on May 28, 1944 to patrol off northern Honshū, Japan, and was never heard from again.

Golet had been scheduled to depart her area on July 5 and was expected at Midway Island about July 12 or July 13. She failed to acknowledge a message sent her on July 9 and was presumed lost July 26, 1944.

Japanese antisubmarine records available after the war revealed that Golet was the probable victim of a Japanese antisubmarine attack made June 14, 1944. These records mention that the attack brought up corks, rafts, and other debris and a heavy pool of oil, all evidence of the sinking of a submarine.

Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet

USS Golet (SS 361)USS Golet (SS 361)
Patch(es) were obtained from:
NavSource Online (Submarine Photo Archive).
Patch on right contributed by Larry Bohn, courtesy of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, WI, home of the Cobia SS 245. Patch on left courtesy of Mike Smolinski.
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