U.S.S. Redfin (SS 272)

© Photographed August 22, 2015
Erected by The Manitowoc Company
Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin
44.092595,-87.655628
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U.S.S. REDFIN
(SS 272)
Keel Laid 3 September 1942
Launched 4 April 1943
Commissioned 31 August 1943
On 26 December 1943 the U.S.S. REDFIN department New Guinea to begin her first patrol. The REDFIN sank 3 vessels, including a destroyed, during her second patrol. By the end of the war she completed 7 patrols and was credited with sinking 6 vessels totalling 23,724 tons. The REDFIN earned the Asiatic-Pacific Area Service Medal and 6 Battle Stars during these patrols. In January 1947, she was decommissioned and put in the U.S. Atlantic Reserve Fleet. In April 1953 the REDFIN was recommissioned as SSR 272, Submarine Radar Picket. She served with the U.S. Atlantic Fleet until 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.


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




The U.S.S. Redfin (SS 272) marker is on the right.

Port side view of the Redfin (SS-272),
probably during shakedown trials, April 1943 on Lake Michigan
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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