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USS Golet (SS-361)

USS Golet (SS-361), a Gato-class submarine, was the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for the golet, a California trout. Her keel was laid down by the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company of Manitowoc, Wisconsin. She was launched on 1 August 1943 sponsored by Mrs. Wiley, wife of United States Senator Alexander Wiley of Wisconsin, and commissioned on 30 November 1943 with Lieutenant Commander James M. Clement in command.

Golet departed Manitowoc 19 December 1943 via the Mississippi River for New Orleans, Louisiana, arriving 28 December. After shakedown training at Panama and final battle practice in Hawaiian waters, she departed Pearl Harbor on 18 March 1944 for her maiden war patrol off the Kurile Islands chain, Southern Hokkaidō and Eastern Honshū, Japan. Severe combinations of fog, rain and ice were encountered and only one ship worth a torpedo came into view. This enemy proved too fast for Golet to gain torpedo range; she returned to Midway Island on 3 May 1944.

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

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

Japanese antisubmarine records available after the war revealed that Golet was the probable victim of a Japanese antisubmarine attack made 14 June 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. See also List of U.S. Navy losses in World War II.

82 Sailors Killed

  1. George Robert Barlow
  2. Elwin Charles Barnes
  3. Richard Andrew Barta
  4. Edward Ludwig Bartz
  5. Donald William Beaulieu
  6. Donald Lee Belcher
  7. Carl McCasland Bickham
  8. Edward Richard Blackburn
  9. John Wilson Breunig
  10. John Warren Brown
  11. Joseph Alfred Butor
  12. Allan Harold Carr
  13. James Seerley Clark
  14. William Melvin Coram
  15. Robert Raymond Danko
  16. Walter Dearl Davidson
  17. Clifton Dowey
  18. Vinton Jordan Earle
  19. Willard Archie Edwards
  20. LeRoy Leo Germann
  21. Herbert C. Goetz
  22. George Leonard Gormley
  23. Joseph Frederick Greenhalgh
  24. Stanley Erwin Grumet
  25. Oliver Clark Guest, Jr.
  26. Robert Edward Hanley
  27. Robert Edwin Hardy
  28. Raymond Lavery Harville
  29. George Donald Hendley
  30. Robert Edward Hoffman
  31. Elmer James Hughes
  32. Jack Junior Humble
  33. Robert William Infalt
  34. Clarence Herman Johnson
  35. Walter Maurice Kane, Jr.
  36. John Kolbucar
  37. John Mike Koutsos
  38. Leo Richard Leinwand, Jr.
  39. Cecil Burton Leonard
  40. George James Lewis
  41. Glen Gordon Lockwood
  42. Horace Paul Lytle
  43. Clifford Leroy Martin
  44. William Evorn McCulough, Jr.
  45. Harry Bland McLaughlin, Jr.
  46. Ernest Wade Miller
  47. Gilbert Lee Millhouse
  48. Peter Paul Milus
  49. Solomon Joseph Numair
  50. Michael Parry
  51. Melvin Lars Peterson
  52. George Anthony Pinter
  53. Frank Rudolph Pograis
  54. Robert Charles Reichelt
  55. Arthur Judson Rockwood
  56. Julius Rose
  57. James Guy Rymal
  58. Walter Robert Sadler
  59. Arvale Elvin Schlemmer
  60. Ernest Ferdinand Schramm
  61. Clifford Edward Sederstrand
  62. Eugene Felix Sieracki
  63. Robert Anton Simandl
  64. Donald Bruce Smith, Jr.
  65. George Sterling, Jr.
  66. Arthur Robert Stone
  67. John Clinton Strout, Jr.
  68. William Gene Stull
  69. Jess Elmer Sturdivan
  70. Emil Horace Sutherland
  71. Woodrow Wilson Swartzback
  72. Alfred Horatio Tarr
  73. Roland N. Thompson
  74. Raymond Beverly Tinker
  75. Alexander Scammel Wadsworth, III
  76. Raymond Robert Walz
  77. John Harris Wesley
  78. Joseph Stanley White
  79. Ernest Edward Whitney, Jr.
  80. Roy Edgar Williams
  81. Walter Joseph Winkle
  82. Homer Don Wright

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