U.S.S. Puffer (SS 268)

© Photographed August 22, 2015
Erected by The Manitowoc Company
Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin
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(SS 268)
Keel Laid 16 February 1942
Launched 22 November 1942
Commissioned 27 April 1943
On 7 September 1943 the U.S.S. PUFFER departed Darwin, Australia, to begin her first patrol. She sank 2 vessels, including a submarine tender and a 6,113 ton tanker, during her fifth patrol. By the end of the war the PUFFER completed 9 patrols, and was credited with sinking 8 ships totalling 36,392 tons. She earned the Asiatic Pacific Area Service Medal, 8 Battle Stars, and the Navy Unit Commendation during these patrols. In December 194 the PUFFER was assigned as U.S. Navy training vessel. She was stricken from the Naval Register in 1960.
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

Puffer (SS-268), port view underway off Mare Island, California,
on November 10, 1944. US Navy photo courtesy of John Hummel.
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The U.S.S. Puffer (SS 268) marker is on the right.

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

is located in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

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