U.S.S. Guitarro (SS 363)

© Photographed August 22, 2015
Erected by The Manitowoc Company
Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin
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(SS 363)
Keel Laid 7 April 1943
Launched 26 September 1943
Commissioned 28 January 1944
On 7 May 1944 the U.S.S. GUITARRO departed Pearl Harbor to begin her first patrol. The GUITARRO sank 2 vessels during her first patrol and 4 during her second. She was credited with sinking 8 vessels totalling 23,132 tons during her 5 patrols. The GUITARRO earned the Asiatic-Pacific Area Service Medal, 4 Battle Stars, and the Navy Unit Commendation during these patrols. She arrived in the United States on 18 June 1945 for overhaul and on 6 December 1945 was decommissioned and put in reserve. On 7 August 1954 GUITARRO was transferred to Turkey where she served under the name, PREVEZE.
The marker is located on the north bank of the Milwaukee River, on The Manitowoc County 28 Boat Memorial Walk, adjacent to the U.S.S. Cobia (a National Historic Landmark), at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, at 75 Maritime Drive, Manitowoc, Wisconsin 54220.

From modest beginnings in 1902 as a small shipbuilding and ship-repair company  in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, through two world wars building ships and submarines for the U.S. Navy, to today – a  global leader in cranes and foodservice equipment – The Manitowoc Company is here to stay. The vision of Manitowoc’s  founding fathers, coupled with its core values of Integrity, Commitment to Stakeholders, and Passion for Excellence,  have made Manitowoc a strong, respected organization throughout the world.  The Manitowoc team is Building Something Real for its customers, investors, employees, and partners with over 100 manufacturing, service, or distribution facilities in 20 countries. 

Publication compiled by Dan Ross’ history classes, Kewaskum High School, 2008

The U.S.S. Guitarro (SS 363) marker is on the right.

Guitarro (SS-363) bow view, 1945
National Archives (NARA) photo # 80-G-389816, submitted by Larry Bohn,
courtesy of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, Wisconsin,
home of the Cobia SS 245.
This media file is in the public domain.

runs the length of the U.S.S. Cobia (visible in the background).

is located in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

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