Allied Warships

Grunion (SS-216)

Submarine of the Gato class

USS Grunion as completed

NavyThe US Navy
Built byElectric Boat Co. (Groton, Connecticut, U.S.A.) 
Ordered1 Jul 1940 
Laid down1 Mar 1941 
Launched22 Dec 1941 
Commissioned11 Apr 1942 
Lost31 Jul 1942 

USS Grunion (Lt.Cdr. Mannert Lincoln Abele) was possibly sunk by the Kano maru on 31 July 1942 during operations off Kiska Island.
She sent her last message on 30 July and was ordered back to Dutch Harbour.


Commands listed for USS Grunion (216)

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1Lt.Cdr. Mannert Lincoln Abele, USN11 Apr 194231 Jul 1942 (+)

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Notable events involving Grunion include:

27 Apr 1942
USS Grunion (Lt.Cdr. M.L. Abele, USN) departed New London, Connecticut and arrived at Newport, Rhode Island for her torpedo trials.

30 Apr 1942
With her torpedo trials completed, USS Grunion (Lt.Cdr. M.L. Abele, USN), returned to New London, Connecticut from Newport, Rhode Island.

25 May 1942
USS Grunion (Lt.Cdr. M.L. Abele, USN) departed New London, Connecticut for the Panama Canal Zone.

31 May 1942
USS Grunion (Lt.Cdr. M.L. Abele) picks up 16 survivors from the American merchant Jack that was torpedoed and sunk on 27 May 1942 by German U-boat U-558 about 100 nautical miles south-west of Port Salut, Haiti in position 17°36'N, 74°42'W.

3 Jun 1942
USS Grunion (Lt.Cdr. M.L. Abele) arrived at Coco Solo, Panama.

20 Jun 1942
USS Grunion (Lt.Cdr. M.L. Abele) arrived at Pearl Harbor.

30 Jun 1942
USS Grunion (Lt.Cdr. M.L. Abele) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Kiska, Aleutians.

15 Jul 1942
USS Grunion (Lt.Cdr. M.L. Abele) reports that she had attacked an enemy destroyer but that all three torpedoes fired missed the target.

Shortly after this report Grunion torpedoed and sank the Japanese submarine chasers Ch-25 and Ch-27 (both 460 tons, offsite links) west of Sredni Point, Kiska, Aleutians in position 52°02'N, 177°42'E. She reports these result immediately.

28 Jul 1942
USS Grunion (Lt.Cdr. M.L. Abele) reports an attack on unidentified enemy ships six miles southeast of Sirius Point, Kiska. She was depth charged after this attack but sustained no damage.

30 Jul 1942
USS Grunion (Lt.Cdr. M.L. Abele) reported heavy antisubmarine activity at the entrance to Kiska, and that she had ten torpedoed remaining. She was ordered to return to base at Dutch Harbour.

31 Jul 1942
USS Grunion (Lt.Cdr. M.L. Abele) possibly torpedoed and damaged the Japanese transport ship Kano Maru (8572 GRT) off Kiska, Aleutians. Grunion might be sunk by gunfire from her quarry some 10 nautical miles north of Segula Island.

The Kano Maru was finally sunk on 8 August 1942 north-east of Kiska by US Bombers and gunfire from US warships.

16 Aug 1942
USS Grunion (Lt.Cdr. M.L. Abele) was reported overdue.

Aug 2006
During the summer of 2006 a side scan sonar search is undertaken to try and find the wreck of the Grunion.

Go check out this site (offsite link).

Media links

Fatal Dive

Peter F. Stevens
($ 12.88)

The Last Patrol

Holmes, Harry

U. S. Submarines in World War II

Kimmett, Larry and Regis, Margaret

U.S. Submarines Through 1945

Friedman, Norman
(£ 56.95)

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