U.S.S. Mero (SS 378)

© Photographed August 22, 2015
Erected by The Manitowoc Company
Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin
44.092595,-87.655628

U.S.S. MERO
(SS 378)
Keel Laid 22 July 1944
Launched 17 January 1945
Commissioned 17 August 1945
On 19 November 1945 the U.S.S. MERO departed Manitowoc. The MERO was the last of 28 submarines built at the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company. She was not destined to see action in the war in the Pacific because hostilities had ceased before she was ready for her intended role. Although MERO never had the chance to serve her country in time of war, she was transferred to Turkey on 10 April 1960 where she served under the name HIZIR REIS.
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. Mero (SS 378) marker is on the right.

 Port side view of the Mero (SS-378) underway on sea trials
in Lake Michigan, circa Sept. 1945
This media file is in the public domain.

With the Milwaukee River visible to the right.

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


is located in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

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