U.S.S. Lagarto (SS 371)

© Photographed August 22, 2015
Erected by The Manitowoc Company
Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin
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(SS 371)
Keel Laid 11 January 1944
Launched 28 May 1944
Commissioned 14 October 1944
On 24 January 1945 the U.S.S. LAGARTO departed Pearl Harbor to begin her first patrol. During this patrol she sank 2 vessels totalling 1,845 tons. One of these vessels was a Japanese submarine. The LAGARTO's second and final patrol began on 12 April 1945 when she departed Subic Bay, Philippines, for the South China Sea. On 4 May 1945 no further contact was made with the LAGARTO and she was presumed lost. It is believed that she was sunk by enemy minelayers on 4 May 1945. Eighty-six brave submariners perished on the LAGARTO. Fifty-two American submariners were lost during World War II. The U.S. Submarine Veterans of World War II have assigned one of these lost submarines to each state. (Two were assigned to both California and New York.) The U.S.S. LAGARTO was designated the Wisconsin state boat.
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.

On Eternal Patrol: USS Lagarto (SS 371)
A list of the men lost while serving on USS Lagarto. Includes a memorial page and photo of each submariner.

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

See also, U.S.S. Lagarto SS-371, also at this location.

The U.S.S. Lagarto (SS 371) marker is on the left.

The U.S.S. Lagarto (SS 371) marker is on the far left.

See also, U.S.S. Lagarto SS-371, also at this location.

This Milwaukee County War Memorial Center memorial is dedicated
to submariners who lose their lives in World War II.

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

is located in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

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