Thomas Burton Klakring, USN

Born  19 Dec 1904Annapolis, Maryland


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Ranks

1 Jul 1941 Lt.Cdr.
20 Mar 1945 T/Capt.

Decorations

Aug/Sep 42 Navy Cross (1)
Sep/Nov 42 Navy Cross (1)
Jan/Feb 43 Navy Cross (1)

Warship Commands listed for Thomas Burton Klakring, USN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
USS S-17 (122)SubmarineFeb 1941Jan 1942
USS Guardfish (217)Lt.Cdr.Submarine8 May 194218 May 1943

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Submarine USS Guardfish (217)


28 Jun 1942
With her trials and training completed USS Guardfish (Lt.Cdr. T.B. Klakring, USN) departed New London, Connecticutd for the Panama Canal Zone.

8 Jul 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
USS Guardfish (Lt.Cdr. T.B. Klakring, USN) arrived at the Panama Canal Zone.

25 Jul 1942
USS Guardfish (Lt.Cdr. T.B. Klakring) arrived at Pearl Harbor.

6 Aug 1942
USS Guardfish (Lt.Cdr. T.B. Klakring) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Japanese home waters off northeast Honshu.

22 Aug 1942 (position 39.40, 142.10)
USS Guardfish (Lt.Cdr. T.B. Klakring) sank a Japanese fishing vessel with gunfire east of Honshu in position 39°40'N, 142°10'E.

24 Aug 1942 (position 38.12, 141.30)
USS Guardfish (Lt.Cdr. T.B. Klakring) torpedoed and sank the Japanese passenger-cargo ship Seikai Maru (3109 GRT) off the entrance to Sendai harbour, on the northeast coast of Honshu, Japan in position 38°12'N, 141°30'E.

2 Sep 1942 (position 42.08, 141.15)
USS Guardfish (Lt.Cdr. T.B. Klakring) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant Teikyu Maru (2332 GRT) (former Danish Gustav Diederickson) about 17 nautical miles south-east of Muroran, Hokkaido, Japan in position 42°08'N, 141°15'E.

4 Sep 1942 (position 40.14, 141.51)
While operating off Kuji Bay, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, USS Guardfish (Lt.Cdr. T.B. Klakring) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchants Kaimei Maru (5253 GRT) and Chita Maru (2276 GRT) in position 40°14'N, 141°51'E, and the Japanese passenger cargo ship Tenyu Maru (3728 GRT) in position 40°12'N, 141°49'E.

15 Sep 1942
USS Guardfish (Lt.Cdr. T.B. Klakring) ended a very successful first war patrol at Midway.

30 Sep 1942
USS Guardfish (Lt.Cdr. T.B. Klakring) departed from Midway for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the East China Sea.

21 Oct 1942 (position 27.03, 122.42)
USS Guardfish (Lt.Cdr. T.B. Klakring) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant Nichiho Maru (6362 GRT) about 120 nautical miles north-north-east of Formosa in position 27°03'N, 122°42'E.

28 Nov 1942
USS Guardfish (Lt.Cdr. T.B. Klakring) ended her 2nd war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

2 Jan 1943
USS Guardfish (Lt.Cdr. T.B. Klakring) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Truk.

12 Jan 1943 (position -2.51, 149.43)
USS Guardfish (Lt.Cdr. T.B. Klakring) torpedoed and sank the Japanese Patrol Boat No.1 (1390 tons, former destroyer Shimakaze, offsite link) about 10 nautical miles south-west of the Tingwon Islands, Bismarck Archipelago in position 02°51'S, 149°43'E.

23 Jan 1943 (position -2.47, 156.38)
USS Guardfish (Lt.Cdr. T.B. Klakring) torpedoed and sank the Japanese destroyer Hakaze (offsite link) south of Steffen Strait, between New Ireland and New Hanover, Bismarck Archipelago in position 02°47'S, 156°38'E.

15 Feb 1943
USS Guardfish (Lt.Cdr. T.B. Klakring) ended her 3th war patrol at Brisbane, Australia.

9 Mar 1943
USS Guardfish (Lt.Cdr. T.B. Klakring) departed from Brisbane for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bismarck Archipelago and Solomon Islands area.

30 Apr 1943
USS Guardfish (Lt.Cdr. T.B. Klakring) ended her 4th war patrol at Brisbane.

2 May 1943
USS Guardfish (Lt.Cdr. N.G. Ward) departed from Brisbane for her 5th war patrol. Once again she was ordered to patrol the Bismarck Archipelago and Solomon Islands area.


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