The stories of seven lost US Navy submarines, the bravest Americans who will never come home

A World War II veteran watches the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade at Fort Derussy Beach Park, Hawaii, Dec. 7, 2016. Civilians, veterans, and service members came together to remember and pay their respects to those who fought and list their lives during the attack on Pearl Harbor. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Matthew Casbarro)

2.  USS Bullhead (SS-332)

 

The story of the Bullhead is a short and tragic one, albeit one of historical importance. A sister of the Kete and commissioned in December of 1944, the Bullhead’s crew of 81 men spent their very short combat time performing search and rescue, bombarding a Chinese port and plucking downed Army aviators out of the briny drink. In May and June of 1945, she took on all-comers in sea-cowboy fashion, sinking a submarine chaser, a schooner and three small freighters using only her guns, which consisted of a 127 mm gun, a 40mm cannon and a  20mm cannon.

USS BullHead 2

Despite her guts, the Bullhead would only serve for eight months before she took on the tragic title of “last US vessel sunk in World War II.” She and her crew were presumably wiped out on the same day that the atomic bomb was dropped, August 6, 1945.

USS Bullhead Church Services
USS Bullhead Church Services

During her service, 84 men were killed aboard the Bullhead.

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  • Andy Wolf

    Andy Wolf is an Appalachian native who spent much of his youth and young adulthood overseas in search of combat, riches, and adventure- accruing decades of experience in military, corporate, first responder, journalistic and advisory roles. He resides in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains with his K9 companion, Kiki.

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