U.S.S. Rasher (SS 269)

© Photographed August 22, 2015
Erected by The Manitowoc Company
Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin
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(SS 269)
Keel Laid 4 May 1942
Launched 20 December 1942
Commissioned 8 June 1943
On 3 October 1943 the U.S.S. RASHER departed Darwin, Australia, to begin her first patrol. By the end of the war she completed 8 patrols. She was credited with sinking 18 ships totalling 99,901 tons and damaging 62,481 tons of shipping. The RASHER ranker second among U.S. submarines for total tonnage sunk during World War II. The RASHER earned 2 Presidential Unit Citations, the Atlantic-Pacific Area Service Medal, and 7 Battle Stars during her 8 patrols. She was stricken from the Naval Register in 1971.
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. Rasher (SS 269) marker is on the left.

Rasher (SS-269), port view underway, circa post 1953.
USN photo courtesy of John Hummel.
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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