U.S.S. Kete (SS 369)

© Photographed August 22, 2015
Erected by The Manitowoc Company
Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin
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(SS 369)
Keek Laid 25 October 1943
Launched 9 April 1944
Commissioned 31 July 1944
On 31 October 1944 the U.S.S. KETE departed Pearl Harbor to begin her first patrol. On 10 March 1945, during her second patrol. she sank 3 vessels totalling 6,881 tons. She earned the Asiatic-Pacific Area Service Medal and 1 Battle Star during her 2 patrols. On 20 March 1945 the KETE transmitted a special weather report and was never heard from again. On 16 April 1945 she was presumed lost. It is believe she was sunk by a Japanese submarine. Eighty-seven brave submariners perished on the KETE. 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. KETE was designated the Delaware 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.

Wisconsin Maritime Museum at Manitowoc

Wisconsin Maritime Museum at Manitowoc: USS KETE (SS 369)

Wikipedia: USS Kete (SS-369)

On Eternal Patrol: USS Kete (SS-369)
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. Kete (SS 369) marker is on the left.

USS Kete (SS-369). Photographed circa 1944,
probably at the time of her completion.
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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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