Willard Ross Laughon, USN

Born  29 Jan 1911Princeton, West Virginia


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Ranks

1 Jun 1936 Lt.(j.g.)
1 Jul 1940 Lt.
1 Oct 1942 T/Lt.Cdr.
1 Jan 1944 T/Cdr.

Decorations

Feb/Apr 44 Navy Cross (1)
Apr/Jun 44 Navy Cross (1)

Warship Commands listed for Willard Ross Laughon, USN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
USS R-1 (78)Lt.Submarine28 May 1942Apr 1943
USS Puffer (268)T/Lt.Cdr.Submarine8 Nov 194316 Nov 1943
USS Rasher (269)T/Lt.Cdr.Submarine9 Dec 194317 Jul 1944

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Submarine USS R-1 (78)


31 May 1942
USS R-1 (Lt. W.R. Laughon, USN) departed Bermuda for a war patrol.

11 Jun 1942
USS R-1 (Lt. W.R. Laughon, USN) returned to Bermuda.

17 Jun 1942
USS R-1 (Lt. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

18 Jun 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS R-1 (Lt. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

25 Jun 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS R-1 (Lt. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

26 Jun 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS R-1 (Lt. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

30 Jun 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS R-1 (Lt. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

2 Jul 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS R-1 (Lt. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

8 Jul 1942
USS R-1 (Lt. W.R. Laughon, USN) departed Bermuda for New London, Connecticut via patrol station 300 nautical miles north of Bermuda.

8 Jul 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS R-1 (Lt. W.R. Laughon, USN) departed Bermuda for a war patrol.

20 Jul 1942
USS R-1 (Lt. W.R. Laughon, USN) ended her war patrol at New London, Connecticut. At New London she underwent an overhaul.

7 Aug 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS R-1 (Lt. W.R. Laughon, USN) was docked at New London.

19 Aug 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS R-1 (Lt. W.R. Laughon, USN) was undocked.

11 Sep 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS R-1 (Lt. W.R. Laughon, USN) was put on the slipway at New London.

13 Sep 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS R-1 (Lt. W.R. Laughon, USN) was put back in the water.

22 Sep 1942
USS R-1 (Lt. W.R. Laughon, USN) departed New London, Connecticut for Bermuda via patrol station 300 nautical miles north of Bermuda.

30 Sep 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS R-1 (Lt. W.R. Laughon, USN) arrived at Bermuda from patrol.

2 Oct 1942
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) departed Bermuda to ride out an approaching hurricane at sea.

3 Oct 1942
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) returned to Bermuda.

8 Oct 1942
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

9 Oct 1942
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

10 Oct 1942
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

13 Oct 1942
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

19 Oct 1942
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

22 Oct 1942
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

28 Oct 1942
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) departed Bermuda for a war patrol.

2 Nov 1942
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) arrived at Bermuda from patrol.

9 Nov 1942
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

10 Nov 1942
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

13 Nov 1942
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

14 Nov 1942
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

17 Nov 1942
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

18 Nov 1942
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

20 Nov 1942
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

27 Nov 1942
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

28 Nov 1942
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

1 Dec 1942
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

2 Dec 1942
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

11 Dec 1942
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

14 Dec 1942
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

15 Dec 1942
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

16 Dec 1942
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

18 Dec 1942
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

21 Dec 1942
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

22 Dec 1942
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

23 Dec 1942
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

29 Dec 1942
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

30 Dec 1942
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

31 Dec 1942
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

2 Jan 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

5 Jan 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

6 Jan 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

7 Jan 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

8 Jan 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

12 Jan 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

14 Jan 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

21 Jan 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

22 Jan 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

26 Jan 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

27 Jan 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

29 Jan 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) proceeded to the Bermuda Royal Dockyard (British) to investigate a leak kingston in No.2 ballast tank.

5 Feb 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) returned to the US Base at Ordnance Island.

8 Feb 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

10 Feb 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

11 Feb 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

12 Feb 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

16 Feb 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

17 Feb 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

18 Feb 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

22 Feb 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

23 Feb 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

26 Feb 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

2 Mar 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

10 Mar 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

15 Mar 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

16 Mar 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

17 Mar 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

19 Mar 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

25 Mar 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

26 Mar 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

31 Mar 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

1 Apr 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

2 Apr 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) proceeded to the Royal Dockyard (British) for repairs to her port propeller.

3 Apr 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) returned to the US Base, her port propeller having been removed for repairs.

7 Apr 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) proceeded to the Royal Dockyard (British) to have her by now repairs port propeller fitted. She returned later the same day.

12 Apr 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

15 Apr 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

16 Apr 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

21 Apr 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

22 Apr 1943
USS R-1 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon, USN) conducted exercises off Bermuda.

28 Apr 1943
USS R-1 (Lt. N.D. Gage, USN) departed Bermuda for New London, Connecticut.


Submarine USS Rasher (269)


19 Dec 1943
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon) departed from Fremantle for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.

3 Jan 1944
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon) plant mines off Puolo Condore.

4 Jan 1944 (position 6.44, 108.43)
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese tanker Kiyo Maru (7251 GRT) in the South China Sea in position 06°44'N, 108°43'E.

5 Jan 1944 (position 5.46, 108.36)
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon) torpedoed and sank the Japanese tanker Kiyo Maru (7251 GRT) in the South China Sea in position 05°46'N, 108°36'E.

24 Jan 1944
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon) ended her 2nd war patrol at Fremantle.

19 Feb 1944
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon) departed from Fremantle for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Java and Celebes Seas.

25 Feb 1944 (position -7.55, 115.15)
While operating north of Bali USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Ryusei Maru (4805 GRT) in position 07°55'S, 115°15'E and the Japanese merchant cargo ship Tango Maru (6200 GRT) in position 07°41'S, 115°10'E.

3 Mar 1944 (position 3.18, 123.56)
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Nittai Maru (6484 GRT) in the Celebes Sea some 290 miles northwest of Waisile, Halmahera in position 03°18'N, 123°56'E.

27 Mar 1944 (position -7.27, 115.55)
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Nichinan Maru (2732 GRT) in the Java Sea about 50 nautical miles north of Bali in position 07°27'S, 115°55'E.

4 Apr 1944
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon) ended her 3rd war patrol at Fremantle.

30 Apr 1944
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon) departed from Fremantle for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Makassar Strait and the Celebes Sea.

11 May 1944 (position -3.30, 126.06)
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon) torpedoed and sank the Japanese auxiliary vessel Choi Maru (1074 GRT) in the Molucca Sea northwest of Boeroe Island in position 03°30'S, 126°06'E.

29 May 1944 (position 3.32, 127.07)
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese auxiliary gunboat Anshu Maru (2601 GRT) about 110 nautical miles north-north-west of Halmahera in position 03°32'N, 127°07'E.

30 May 1944 (position 3.40, 126.58)
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon) torpedoed and sank the Japanese auxiliary gunboat Anshu Maru (2601 GRT) about 110 nautical miles north-north-west of Halmahera in position 03°40'N, 126°58'E.

8 Jun 1944 (position 3.15, 124.03)
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon) torpedoed and sank the Japanese underway replenishment vessel Shioya (7950 GRT) in the Celebes Sea northwest of Menado in position 03°15'N, 124°03'E.

14 Jun 1944 (position 4.33, 122.23)
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Koan Maru (3183 GRT) in the Celebes Sea about 130 nautical miles south of Mindanao, Philippines in position 04°33'N, 122°23'E.

23 Jun 1944
USS Rasher (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Laughon) ended her 4th war patrol at Fremantle.


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