Patch depicting the USS Raton Battle Flag
USS RATON (SS 270)
Keel Laid – May 29, 1942
Launched – January 24, 1943
Commissioned – July 13, 1943
USS Raton made seven war patrols during World War II. On her most successful patrol Raton maneuvered into the center of a nine ship formation. Firing all torpedoes from both bow and stern, three ships were sunk and one damaged. After the second attack a destroyer escort was sunk with one torpedo. The third attack left one more ship damaged. From here Ratonheaded for Schoulten Islands to reload with torpedoes and fuel for a continuation of the patrol. A cruiser was damaged two weeks later and three more ships were sent to the bottom.
In all, Raton sank a total of thirteen ships for a total of 44,176 tons, damaged seven ships for a total of 51,500 tons, and captured 20 Japanese prisoners. In 1952 Raton was converted to a radar picket submarine (SSR) and served on active duty with the Pacific Fleet. In 1960 Ratonwas re-designated an auxiliary submarine (AGSS) before being stricken from Naval Register in 1969.
source: Wisconsin Maritime Museum
Raton (SSR-270), as a Radar Picket submarine. Port view entering Philadelphia Naval Shipyard on 8 Dec. 1953. Photographed & submitted courtesy of John Hummel.
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