U.S.S. Menhaden (SS 377)

© Photographed August 22, 2015
Erected by The Manitowoc Company
Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin

(SS 377)
Keel Laid 21 June 1944
Launched 20 December 1944
Commissioned 22 June 1945
The U.S.S. MENHADEN was not destined to see action because the war ended while she was in Panama. Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet, selected the MENHADEN as his flagship for his Change of Command ceremony held 24 November 1945. On 31 May 1946 the MENHADEN was taken out of commission. After being streamlined and having a snorkel installed she was recommissioned on 6 March 1953. She conducted 5 tours of duty in the western Pacific and earned the United National Medal, the Korean Service Medal, and the China Service Medal. In 1971 the MENHADEN was decommissioned and put in reserve.
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.

USS MENHADEN (SS 377) Website

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. Menhaden (SS 377) is on the left.

 Starboard side view of the Menhaden (SS-377) underway, circa 1961
This media file is in the public domain.

With the Manitowoc River visible to the right.

runs the length of the U.S.S. Cobia (visible in the background).

is located in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

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