U.S.S. Robalo (SS 273)

© Photographed August 22, 2015
Erected by The Manitowoc Company
Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin
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(SS 273)
Keel Laid 24 October 1942
Launched 9 May 1943
Commissioned 28 September 1943
On 8 January 1944 the U.S.S. ROBALO began her first patrol west of the Philippines. During her first 2 patrols, she earned the Asiatic-Pacific Area Service Medal and 2 Battle Stars and was credited with sinking 1 vessel. The ROBALO left Fremantle, Australia, on 22 June 1944 on her third and last patrol. She was sunk on 6 July 1944. It is believed that an enemy mine caused the sinking. Seventy-seven brave submariners perished in the ROBALO. One officer and 2 enlisted men survived the singing and swam to shore where they were captured by Military Police. On 15 August 1944 the ROBALO survivors were put aboard a Japanese destroyer and were never heard from again. Fifty-two American submarines 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 ROBALO was designed the North Dakota 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.

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

The U.S.S. Robalo (SS 273) marker is on the left.

Launching of USS ROBALO 9 May 1943,
at Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company, Manitowoc, Wisconsin
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Still On Patrol World War II Memorial
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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