U.S.S. Gauvina (SS 362)

© Photographed August 22, 2015
Erected by The Manitowoc Company
Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin
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(SS 362)
Keel Laid 3 March 1943
Launched 29 August 1943
Commissioned 23 December 1943
On 6 April 1944 the U.S.S. GUAVINA departed Pearl Harbor to begin her first patrol off the Bonin Islands. By the end of the war the GUAVINA completed 6 patrols and was credited with sinking 6 vessels totalling 24,361 tons. She also rescued 17 American airmen during these patrols. The GUAVINA earned the Asiatic-Pacific Area Service Medal and 5 Battle Stars during her 6 patrols. In January 1947 the GUAVINA was decommissioned and put in reserve. In 1980 she was transferred to the U.S. Naval Reserve and used as a training ship. She was stricken from the Naval Register in 1967.
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. Gauvina (SS 362) marker is on the right.

In 1951 the submarine force achieved another important milestone.
Guavina (SS-362) used an experimental searchlight sonar to
distinguish the sound signature of Seacat (SS-399) and the fleet tug
Salinian (ATF-161) at ranges of 9-10 nm.
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runs the length of the U.S.S. Cobia (visible in the background).

is located in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

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