William Joseph Germershausen, Jr., USN

Born  28 Jul 1911Baltimore, Maryland


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Ranks

1 Mar 1944 T/Cdr.

Decorations

May/Jul 45 Navy Cross (1)

Warship Commands listed for William Joseph Germershausen, USN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
USS O-6 (67)SubmarineMay 1942Jan 1944
USS Tambor (198)T/Cdr.Submarine4 Jun 19442 Feb 1945
USS Spadefish (411)T/Cdr.Submarine26 Feb 19454 Jul 1945

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Submarine USS O-6 (67)


2 Nov 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS O-6 departed New London, Connecticut for Casco Bay, Maine.

3 Nov 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS O-6 arrived at Casco Bay, Maine from New London, Connecticut.

6 Dec 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS O-6 departed Casco Bay, Maine for New London, Connecticut.

7 Dec 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS O-6 arrived at New London, Connecticut from Casco Bay, Maine.

26 Feb 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS O-6 departed New London, Connecticut for Casco Bay, Maine.

27 Feb 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS O-6 arrived at Casco Bay, Maine from New London, Connecticut.

28 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS O-6 departed Casco Bay, Maine for New London, Connecticut.

29 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS O-6 arrived at New London, Connecticut from Casco Bay, Maine.


Submarine USS Tambor (198)


16 Jul 1944
USS Tambor (Lt.Cdr. William Joseph Germershausen, jr.) departed from Midway for her 11th war patrol, and was ordered to patrol in Japanese home waters off Hokkaido and the Kuril Islands.

13 Aug 1944 (position 48.35, 149.02)
USS Tambor (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Germershausen) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport ship Toei Maru (2324 GRT) in the southern part of Sea of Okhotsk in position 48°35'N, 149°02'E.

23 Aug 1944
USS Tambor (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Germershausen) ended her 11th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

7 Oct 1944
USS Tambor (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Germershausen) departed from Midway for her 12th and final war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Japanese home waters off Tokyo Bay.

16 Nov 1944 (position 30.00, 139.30)
USS Tambor (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Germershausen) sank the Japanese guard boat Takashiro Maru (95 GRT) with gunfire south-west of Torishima in position 30°00'N, 139°30'E.

30 Nov 1944
USS Tambor (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Germershausen) ended her 12th and final war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She is now assigned to training duties.


Submarine USS Spadefish (411)


15 Mar 1945
USS Spadefish (Cmdr William Joseph Germershausen, JR.) departed from Guam for her 3rd war patrol, and was ordered to patrol in the East China and Yellow Seas.

23 Mar 1945 (position 29.38, 127.36)
USS Spadefish (Cdr. W.J. Germershausen) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Doryu Maru (2274 GRT) about 120 nautical miles north-north-west of Amami O Shima in position 29°38'N, 127°36'E.

1 Apr 1945 (position 34.23, 128.08)
USS Spadefish (Cdr. W.J. Germershausen) sank a Japanese sailing vessel with gunfire south of Korea in position 34°23'N, 128°08'E.

7 Apr 1945 (position 36.01, 124.52)
USS Spadefish (Cdr. W.J. Germershausen) sank a Japanese sailing vessel with gunfire in the Yellow Sea in position 36°01'N, 124°52'E.

8 Apr 1945 (position 37.21, 125.08)
USS Spadefish (Cdr. W.J. Germershausen) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Ritsu Go (1834 GRT) off the west coast of Korea in position 37°21'N, 125°08'E.

11 Apr 1945 (position 37.13, 125.11)
USS Spadefish (Cdr. W.J. Germershausen) torpedoed and sank the Japanese auxiliary minesweeper Hinode Maru No.17 (235 GRT) off Tokckok-Kundo in position 37°13'N, 125°11'E.

21 Apr 1945
USS Spadefish (Cdr. W.J. Germershausen) ended her 4th war patrol at Guam.

27 May 1945
USS Spadefish (Cdr. W.J. Germershausen) departed from Guam for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Sea of Japan.

10 Jun 1945 (position 43.23, 140.39)
While operating west of Hokkaido in the Sea of Japan USS Spadefish (Cdr. W.J. Germershausen) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Daigen Maru No.2 (1999 GRT) off Otaru in position 43°23'N, 140°39'E, the Japanese troop transport Unkai Maru No.8 (1293 GRT) off Shakotan Mizaki in position 43°55'N, 141°13'E and the Japanese army cargo ship Jintsu Maru (985 GRT) in position 43°28'N, 140°28'E.

12 Jun 1945 (position 44.11, 140.31)
While operating in the Sea of Japan west of Hokkaido USS Spadefish (Cdr. W.J. Germershausen) sank a Japanese sampan with gunfire in position 44°11'N, 140°31'E, a Japanese trawler with gunfire in position 44°58'N, 141°05'E, the Japanese guard boat Daido Maru (69 GRT) with gunfire in position 45°08'N, 141°10'E and finally another Japanese trawler with gunfire in position 44°50'N, 141°18'E.

13 Jun 1945 (position 45.44, 140.48)
USS Spadefish (Cdr. W.J. Germershausen) mistakenly torpedoed and sank the Russian passenger ship Transbalt (11439 GRT) west of the La-Perouse Strait in position 45°44'N, 140°48'E.

14 Jun 1945 (position 47.03, 142.01)
USS Spadefish (Cdr. W.J. Germershausen) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Seizan Maru (2018 GRT) off western Sakhalin in position 47°03'N, 142°01'E.

17 Jun 1945 (position 42.38, 139.49)
USS Spadefish (Cdr. W.J. Germershausen) torpedoed and sank the auxiliary minelayer Eijo Maru (2274 GRT) off Matsuta Misaki, Hokkaido, Japan in position 42°38'N, 139°49'E.

4 Jul 1945
USS Spadefish (Cdr. W.J. Germershausen) ended her 5th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.


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