Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Florida History: USS Pompano, a "constant thorn"

USS Pompano (SS-181) in San Francisco Bay, California, 1938.
USS Pompano - courtesy Wikipedia

By Jane Feehan

For more more Fort Lauderdale and Miami history, see: JanesHistoryNook.blogspot.com

Pompano Beach residents may be interested in the USS Pompano and the part it played in World War II, even though its name* was derived from the fish and not their city.

The  P-class - or Porpoise class - 298-ft Navy boat was launched at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, CA in 1937. It was the second Navy boat of that name. The first USS Pompano, a supply ship, was in commission 1917-1919.

The 1,350-ton World War II submarine made it through the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. Afterward it patrolled the Pacific, sinking five ships. USS Pompano received seven battle stars for service during the war. It left Midway Island Aug 20, 1943 on a mission and was never heard from again.

The Navy announced the USS Pompano missing in January, 1944 and that it most likely went down in the Pacific where it was "a constant thorn to the Japanese." The Navy assumed it hit a mine north of Honshu, Japan. The submarine was stricken from the Naval Register Jan. 12, 1944.

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*How Pompano, FL got its name:

Palm Beach Post, Jan. 6, 1944, p. 1

Tags: Pompano Beach history, Pompano and WWII, Florida during WWII, Florida, film researcher

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