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CountryUnited States
Ship ClassPorpoise-class Submarine
Hull NumberSS-181


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Submarine Pompano and destroyer Henley under construction at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, United States, 16 Apr 1936

Pompano Operational Timeline

24 May 1942 USS Pompano sank Japanese fishing vessel Kotoku Maru with the deck gun 20 miles northeast of Taiwan.
25 May 1942 USS Pompano sank Japanese tanker Tokyo Maru 50 miles west of Okinawa, Japan.
30 May 1942 USS Pompano sank Japanese troop transport Atsuta Maru 80 miles east of Okinawa, Japan.
4 Sep 1942 USS Pompano sank Japanese guardship No. 27 Nanshin Maru off Japan.
4 Jul 1943 USS Pompano sank Japanese seaplane carrier Sagara Maru.
25 Sep 1943 The last report of the US submarine Pompano was received while she was on patrol off Honshu, Japan; she was presumed to have been sunk by newly laid Japanese mines.

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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Anonymous says:
24 Jun 2011 06:32:36 PM

My uncle Fredrick Kirschbaum served on the USS Pompano before she sank off the sea of Japan after being caught in a mindfield. JK
2. Randy Kinnamon says:
6 May 2013 05:24:56 PM

Hi, anonymous Fred's nephew. It turns out that Pompano was not lost in a mine field but sunk by Japanese Sa seaplane and sub-chaser depth charges just a mile and a half from the Japanese coast near the Shiriyazaki Lighthouse on Honshu:


The Navy will conduct a dive with photos to verify the first week of June 2013.
3. Linda Ramos Kirschbaum says:
2 May 2014 01:44:28 PM

Hi Randy,
I really enjoyed the article regarding my uncle Fred. I also enjoyed Elizabeth story. I feel closer to the uncle I never met. Thank you
4. Randy Kinnamon says:
26 Jul 2014 11:42:24 AM

Hi, Linda! Or should I say anonymous Fred's niece? That article is an except from a book, and I keep waiting for the rest of the story on finding the Pompano as an excuse nit to finish the book. Still nothing more from the Navy after more than a year. I'm taking the month of August off and hope to finish it by September.

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