SHIP'S HISTORY - USS CHARR (SS328)
1946 - 1951
The CHARR returned to the United States after a war time deployment of 18 months. Now under the command of Commander Jack M. Seymour, the submarine completed a 90 day overhaul at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 16 September 1946. CHARR remained in the San Francisco Bay area conducting training operations until October 1946.
Departing Mare Island Naval Shipyard September 1946
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SOS! CHARR returned to San Diego, CA in January 1947 and commenced training operations in the SOCAL operation area as a member of Submarine Squadron 3. SUNRON 3 was assigned the submarine tender USS SPERRY.
In June 1947 Commander Oliver W. Bagby relieved Commander Jack M. Seymour as Commanding Officer.
COMMANDER OLIVER W. BAGBY, USN
Commander Bagby was the former Commanding Officer of the USS BANG (SS385) during that submarines' sixth war patrol. He was, at age 24, the youngest submarine skipper in the U S Navy. Commander Bagby also served as Executive Officer of the BANG during her first four war patrols in the Pacific.
After completing a second Western Pacific simulated war patrol, CHARR received the Battle Efficiency Award for the U. S. Pacific Fleet Submarine Force for 1949. This award is indicative of the high state of training and readiness for war of a submarine of the Pacific Fleet. CHARR again earned the same award for 1950. Thus the white E painted on her sail received a hash mark.
U S NAVY BATTLE EFFICIENCY E
This photograph was provided by Les Sabalka ET3(SS). Petty Officer Sabalka served aboard CHARR from 1946 to 1948. In July 1949 CHARR entered Mare Island Naval Shipyard for a three month overall. During this overhaul the deck guns were removed.
On the 23 August 1950 the CHARR received the Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award for the U. S. Pacific Fleet. This award was started by a 13 years old girl writing a letter in 1916 to a newspaper editor and donating a dime for a new battleship.
I read in your paper every morning a lot about preparedness. My grandpa and my great grandpa were soldiers. If I was a boy I would be a soldier too, but I am not, so I want to do what I can to help. Mamma gives me a dime every week for helping her. I am sending you this week's dime to help build a battleship for Uncle Sam. I know a lot of other kids would give their errand money if you would start a fund. I am 13 years old and I go to Public School No. 9 Brooklyn.
I am a true blue American and want to see Uncle Sam prepared to lick all creation like John Paul Jones did.
P. S.-- Please call it the battleship America
Ultimately 200,000 dimes were collected, each typically in the name of a child or a contributor's yet-to-be-born grandchild. The money was offered to the Navy, but Secretary Josephus Daniels at first rejected it, citing legal prohibitions. A law was soon enacted allowing the Navy Department to accept the money. By early 1918 the $20,000 had been transferred to the government.
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NESTED ALONG SIDE USS SPERRY
In June 1949 Commander Richard T. Fahy relieved Commander Oliver W. Bagby as Commanding Officer. Commander Fahy also served as Commanding Officer of the USS SEAL (SS-183) and Executive Officer of the USS POGY (SS-266). He also received the Silver Star Medal for his performance of duty aboard the USS APOGON (SS-308).
COMMANDER RICHARD T. FAHY, USN
Navy Secretary Daniels is also noted for his efforts to imbue the U S Navy with a stricter morality standard. He increased the number of chaplains, discouraged prostitution at naval bases and banned the consumption of alcohol. Coffee became the standard beverage served at shore stations and shipboard. The phrase, "A cup of Joe", was coined as a result of this higher moral standard.
At the outbreak of the Korean War, 25 June 1950, CHARR was deployed to Pearl Harbor. CHARR remained at Peal Harbor until August 1950. CHARR then returned to San Diego to conduct local operations and training.
Part of the local operations and training in the San Diego area was to provide submarine services for other naval units. The aircraft in the photo below are Grumman Avenger TBM-3E. These aircraft are assigned to VS 25 Sea Control Squadron stationed at Naval Air Station North Island.
VS-25 SEA CONTROL SQUADRON TBM-3E AVENGER AIRCRAFT 401/SK, 416/SK AND USS CHARR (SS-328)
FLEET SNORKEL PROGRAM SCB47B
The U S Navy began converting fleet boats to the GUPPY configuration in 1947. Externally this conversion featured streamlining the bridge, sail and main deck areas. The fleet boat bow was replaced with the streamlined round GUPPY bow. Due to funding limitations, the navy devised the the Fleet Snorkel Program SBC47B, for adding the minimum modifications to the fleet boats. Some 30 fleet boats were selected to receive this modernization. CHARR was one of those submarines. CHARR arrived at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard on10 July 1951 for the Fleet Snorkel conversion. The conversion was completed on 19 November 1951. CHARR returned to San Diego and prepared for a Western Pacific deployment.
USS CHARR (SS328) NOVEMBER 1951
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In June 1951 LCDR Robert B. Poage relived Commander Richard T. Fahy as Commanding Officer. Commander Poage previously served as Executive Officer of the USS Cobbler (SS344).
LCDR ROBERT B. POAGE, USN
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Because of the growing tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union, the U S Navy began planing and training for a possible confrontation with the Soviet Navy. One training measure was adopted to give submarine crews experience in this new Cold War environment. This training measure was called the "simulated war patrol".
CHARR departed on her first simulated war patrol in October 1946. Ports of call for this 115 day training mission were Subic Bay, P.I., Shanghai and Tsingtao, China and Yokosuka, Japan. Training included photo reconnaissance, detection avoidance measures en rout to the ports of call and target services for aircraft of the Fleet Air Wing.
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