WWII HONOR SALUTE
USS CHARR (SS328)
The keel of the USS CHARR, a Balao class submarine, was laid down on 26
August 1943 at the Electric Boat Company, on the Thames River, Groton,
Connecticut. On 28 May 1944, she slid down the building ways, christened by Mrs. William F. Orkney of Groton.
ELECTRIC BOAT BUILDING WAYS
BUILDER: ELECTRIC BOAT COMPANY
LENGTH: 312 FEET
DRAFT: 17 FEET
DISPLACEMENT: 1800 TONS SURFACE, 2400 TONS SUBMERGED
SPEED: 21 KNOTS SURFACED, 9 KNOTS SUBMERGED
TEST DEPTH: 412 FEET
RANGE: 10,000 MILES
PATROL LENGTH: 75 DAYS
CREW 10 OFFICERS, 70 ENLISTED
TOREDO TUBES: 21 INCHES, 6 FORWARD, 4 AFT
ENGINES: 4 GM V-16 DIESEL
ELECTRIC MOTORS: 4 DC VARIABLE SPEED, 2 PORT, 2 STARBOARD
On 23 September 1944, in company with the USS BOARFISH, the CHARR was delivered to the U. S. Submarine Base. New London,
Connecticut for acceptance as a unit of the fleet. Rear Admiral F. A.
Daubin, U. S. Navy, accepted the CHARR and BOARFISH, in the first
double commissioning ever held at the base. The watch was
set at 1030 hours on the morning of the 23rd September 1944 and
LCDR Francis D. Boyle, USN, took command.
COMMISSIONING CREW LCDR BOYLE
After intensive training for war patrols at New London, the CHARR headed for
the Pacific on 5 November 1944. After arrival at Pearl Harbor the CHARR was
made ready for her first war patrol.
The CHARR, under command of Captain Boyle, left Pearl Harbor on
30 December 1944, to patrol the northeast coast of French Indo-China.
The patrol was highlighted by the unusual rescue of a crew member of a PBY patrol plane that had been forced down just off the coast of Indo-China. While CHARR lay at anchor for four hours, just off the coast in broad daylight, two men went ashore in a rubber raft. A PYB crew member was brought aboard CHARR. Three more attempts to pick up the remaining crew members over the next three nights, but contact with them could not be established. The CHARR completed her 64 day patrol by escorting a badly damaged Dutch submarine through the Java Sea and Lombok Straights. CHARR arrived at Fremantle, Western Australia on 3 March 1944. CHARR was refitted for second war patrol.
THE BUSY PORT OF FREMANTLE
The 2nd war patrol began on 27 March 1945.
The patrol consisted of two parts. The first part was conducted in the Flores Sea, Java Sea and South China Sea. This patrol featured the sinking of the 5200 ton Natori Class cruiser, the ISUZU. The CHARR, BESUGO and GABILAN teamed together in a four day chase of the cruiser and three escorts. The BESUGO sank one of the escorts. The GABILAN hit the cruiser with one torpedo and CHARR scored three torpedoes hits, sending the ISUZU to the bottom.
The 3rd war patrol commenced on 14 June 1945.
The patrol was conducted in the Gulf of Siam, where no opportunity to attack
Japanese ships presented itself. The CHARR however did coordinate a wolf pack of four submarines that resulted in the sinking of a large Japanese submarine, I351, by the USS BLUEFISH. This 42 day patrol ended in Fremantle, Australia.
CHARR RETURNS TO FREMANTEL
THESE PROCEDINGS ARE CLOSED
Following the cessation of hostilities, the CHARR made stops at Sydney, Australia, Guam and reported to Pearl Harbor for repairs. Upon completion of repairs, the CHARR was assigned duty at Guam with SUBRON 5. The CHARR commenced a one month training period.
SUBRON 5 GUAM
SEGUNDO SEACAT BLENNY BLOWER BLUEBACK CHARR
After a 15 month absence CHARR returned to the United States and commenced conducting local operations in the San Diego area. Commander Francis D. Boyle, USN, was relived by Commander Jack M. Seymour, USN, as Commanding Officer of the CHARR on 1 April 1946. Commander Seymour was previously the Commanding Officer of the USS PIKE (SS173) and USS SPOT(SS413).
USS SPOT (SS 413)
Built Mare Island Naval Shipyard
Transfered to Chilean Navy under the Military Assitance Program 1961 Renamed Simpson (SS21)
For this action Commander Boyle was awarded the NAVY CROSS and the crew recived the SUBMARINE COMBAT PATROL INSIGNIA with one gold star for a successful war patrol.
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COMMANDER JACK M. SEYMOUR
LCDR Boyle previous submarine experience included tours as Executive Officer of the USS S-36, USS SUNFISH and USS TULLIBEE
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