USS Segundo (SS-398)
"Segundo" was laid down on
14 October 1943by the Portsmouth Navy Yardin Kittery, Maine; launched on 5 February 1944; sponsored by Mrs. John L. Sullivan; and commissioned on 9 May 1944, Lieutenant Commander James D. Fulp, Jr., in command.
"Segundo" completed fitting out and contract trials then moved to New London, Conn., on
15 Juneand began training. The submarine stood out of New London on 26 Junefor the Panama Canal Zoneen route to the Pacific war zone. She departed Balboa on 9 Julyand arrived at Pearl Harbor on 25 July. The next several weeks were spent in training exercises and weapons firing. The ship was combat loaded on 19 Augustand 20 Augustand, the next day, sailed on her first war patrol.
First and second patrols, August 1944 – January 1945
"Segundo", together with submarines USS|Seahorse|SS-304|3, and USS|Whale|SS-239|3 formed a wolf pack. They refueled at
Saipanon 3 Septemberand departed the next day for their patrol area in the Philippinesnear Surigao Strait. No worthwhile targets were found, and "Segundo" ended her patrol at Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands, on 21 Octoberwithout having fired a shot.
The second patrol, from
16 November 1944to 5 January 1945, was more profitable. "Segundo", and sister ships USS|Trepang|SS-412|3, and USS|Razorback|SS-394|3 were cruising between Luzon Straitand the South China Sea. On the evening of 6 December, a convoyof seven escorted merchant ships was sighted. The three submarines made night attacks which sank all of the merchantmen.
Third patrol, February – March 1945
"Segundo" refitted at
Guamfrom submarine tender USS|Apollo|AS-25|3 and was in the East China Seawith "Razorback" and USS|Sea Cat|SS-399|3 on 1 February. Three torpedoattacks were made on unescorted ships near the Korean coast in shallow water. The first attack was on 6 Marchagainst a small ship but all torpedoes missed. The next was made four days later against a medium-sized ship. Four torpedoes were fired at convert|1000|yd|m|-2 but they also missed.
The third attack was a night surface action against a cargo ship on
11 March. Two torpedoes of the spread hit. The first blew the stern off and the second hit amidships, sinking cargo ship "Shori Maru" in two minutes. The submarine ended her patrol at Pearl Harbor on 26 Marchand remained there for a month before putting to sea again.
Fourth and fifth patrols, May – August 1945
"Segundo" was assigned to a lifeguard station until
16 Maywhen she departed for her assigned area in the East China Sea. On 29 May, she sank seven two-masted schooners of approximately 100 tons each with shellfire. Two days later, she sank a large four-masted full-rigged ship of approximately 1,250 tons with two torpedoes. She sank another on 3 Junewith her deck gun. On 9 June, two patrol ships were also sunk by her deck gun. On the night of 11 June, the "Fukui Maru" was torpedoed and sunk. The submarine then sailed to Midway Atollfor upkeep.
"Segundo" began her fifth and final war patrol on
10 Augustin the Sea of Okhotsk. Ordered to proceed to Tokyo Bayon 24 August, the ship was proceeding south when she picked up a Japanese Sen Toku class I-401 submarine, which was at the time the largest submarine in the world, by radar on 29 August. The enemy boat was ordered to halt by international signal. This was done; and, after several trips between the two submarines by their respective representatives, the Japanese agreed to accept a prize crewaboard and to proceed to Tokyo with "Segundo". The two ships entered Sagami Wanon 31 Augustand, at 05:00, the American flag was raised aboard the "I-401".
1945 – 1953
"Segundo" stood out of Tokyo Bay on
3 September 1945en route to the west coast via Pearl Harbor. She was assigned to SubRon 3 in San Diegoand began operations from there. The submarine made a three-month cruise to Australiaand Chinain 1946 and a four-month cruise to China in 1948. The outbreak of the Korean Warfound "Segundo" in the Far East. She supported United NationsForces in Korea from July to September 1950 before returning to San Diego in late November.
In 1951, "Segundo" was modernized and converted to a
Fleet Snorkelsubmarine at the San Francisco Naval Shipyard. She returned to her home port and resumed operations until 15 August 1952when she again joined the 7th Fleet off Korea. That deployment period ended on 16 February 1953.
1953 – 1970
For the next 16 years, "Segundo" operated out of her home port and along the west coast. From 1953 through 1969, she was deployed to the western Pacific every year except 1956, 1957, 1961, and 1963.
In July 1970, a Survey Board found "Segundo" unfit for further Naval service. The submarine was decommissioned
1 August, and struck from the Navy list on 8 August 1970and sunk as a target by USS|Salmon|SSR-573|3.
"Segundo" received four
battle stars for World War IIservice and one for the Korean War.
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