U.S.S. Raton (SS 270)

© Photographed August 22, 2015
Erected by The Manitowoc Company
Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin
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(SS 270)
Keel laid 29 May 1942
Launched 24 January 1943
Commissioned 13 July 1943
On 16 October 1943 the U.S.S. RATON departed Bisbane, Australia, to begin her first patrol. She sank 3 vessels totalling 18,801 tons during this patrol. The RATON was created with sinking 13 vessels totalling 44,178 tons and damaging 51,500 tons of shipping during her 7 patrols. Her crew also captured 20 Japanese sailors. She earned the Asiatic-Pacific Area Service Medal, 6 Battle Stars, and 2 Navy Unit Commendations during these patrols. After World War II the RATON served on active duty with the Pacific Fleet and was stricken from the Naval Register in 1969.
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. Raton (SS 270) marker is on the right.

 Raton (SSR-270) as a Radar Picket submarine, circa 1953-60
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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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