Allied Warships

Drum (SS-228)

Submarine of the Gato class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassGato 
Pennant228 
Built byPortsmouth Navy Yard (Kittery, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered12 Jun 1940 
Laid down11 Sep 1940 
Launched12 May 1941 
Commissioned1 Nov 1941 
End service16 Feb 1946 
History

Decommissioned 16 February 1946.
Served as a Naval Reserve Training Vessel in the Potomac River Naval Command from 18 March 1947 till 1962.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet.
Stricken 30 June 1968.
Sold 14 April 1969 to become a floating memorial at Mobile, Alabama. She weas moved to a permanant berth ashore in 2001.

 

Commands listed for USS Drum (228)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Robert Henry Rice, USN1 Nov 194114 Nov 1942
2T/Cdr. Bernard Francis McMahon, USN14 Nov 19426 Oct 1943
3Lt.Cdr. Delbert Fred Williamson, USN2 Nov 194323 Jun 1944
4Lt.Cdr. Maurice Herbert Rindskopf, USN23 Jun 194415 Nov 1944
5Lt.Cdr. Frank Merrill Eddy, USN15 Nov 1944Aug 1945

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1 Apr 1942
With her trials and training completed USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Rice) arrived at Pearl Harbor.

14 Apr 1942
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Rice) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Japanese home waters.

2 May 1942
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Rice) torpedoed and sank the seaplane carrier Mizuho (10930 tons) off the south coast of Honshu, Japan in position 34°26'N, 138°14'E.

13 May 1942
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Rice) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Shonan Maru (5356 GRT) north-east of Mikimoto, Honshu, Japan in position 34°00'N, 139°00'E.

25 May 1942
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Rice) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Kitakata Maru (2380 GRT) east of Nojimazaki, Honshu, Japan in position 34°00'N, 139°00'E.

12 Jun 1942
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Rice) ended her 1st war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

10 Jul 1942
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Rice) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Caroline Islands area.

2 Sep 1942
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Rice) ended her 2nd war patrol at Midway.

23 Sep 1942
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Rice) departed from Midway for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Japanese east coast.

8 Oct 1942
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Rice) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Hague Maru (5641 GRT) off Honshu, Japan in position 34°06'N, 136°22'E.

9 Oct 1942
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Rice) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Yawatasan Maru (2461 GRT) off Honshu, Japan in position 33°27'N, 136°01'E.

20 Oct 1942
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Rice) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Ryunan Maru (5106 GRT) off Honshu, Japan in position 34°09'N, 136°46'E.

8 Nov 1942
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Rice) ended her 3rd war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

29 Nov 1942
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. B.F. McMahon) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Japanese home waters.

12 Dec 1942
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. B.F. McMahon) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese aircraft carrier Ryuho (offsite link) off Hachijo Jima in position 32°04'N, 142°30'E.

17 Dec 1942
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. B.F. McMahon) lays mines in the Bungo Strait.

24 Jan 1943
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. B.F. McMahon) ended her 4th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

24 Mar 1943
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. B.F. McMahon) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol south of Truk in the Caroline Islands area.

9 Apr 1943
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. B.F. McMahon) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Oyama Maru (3809 GRT) about 180 nautical miles north-north-west of Kavieng, New Ireland in position 00°32'N, 150°05'E.

18 Apr 1943
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. B.F. McMahon) torpedoed and sank the Japanese ammunition ship Nisshun Maru (6380 GRT) about 200 nautical miles north-north-west of Mussau Island, Bismarck Archipelago in position 01°55'N, 148°24'E.

13 May 1943
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. B.F. McMahon) ended her 5th war patrol at Brisbane, Australia.

7 Jun 1943
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. B.F. McMahon) departed from Brisbane for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol north of the Bismarck Archipelago.

17 Jun 1943
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. B.F. McMahon) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Myoko Maru (5086 GRT) about 175 nautical miles east-north-east of Kavieng, New Ireland in position 02°03'S, 153°44'E.

26 Jul 1943
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. B.F. McMahon) ended her 6th war patrol at Brisbane.

16 Aug 1943
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. B.F. McMahon) departed from Brisbane for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol of the Bismarck Archipelago.

28 Aug 1943
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. B.F. McMahon) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese troop transport Yamagiri Maru (6438 GRT) north-west of New Hannover in position 01°31'S, 148°41'E.

29 Sep 1943
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. B.F. McMahon) pulls into Tulagi for repairs. She departed from for Brisbane on 2 October 1943.

5 Oct 1943
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. B.F. McMahon) ended her 7th war patrol at Brisbane.

2 Nov 1943
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Williamson) departed from Brisbane for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol between the Caroline Islands and New Ireland.

11 Nov 1943
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Williamson) possibly torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Kanayamasan Maru (2869 GRT) about 250 nautical miles north-east of the Admiralty Islands in position 01°00'N, 149°20'E.

17 Nov 1943
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Williamson) torpedoed and sank the Japanese submarine depot ship Hie Maru (11621 GRT, offsite link) north-north-west of New Ireland in position 01°45'N, 148°20'E.

22 Nov 1943
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Williamson) is damaged by depth charges north of New Guinea in position 02°53'N, 141°36'E, and is forced to terminate her patrol.

5 Dec 1943
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Williamson) ended her 8th war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She is sent to the US west coast for an overhaul.

29 Mar 1944
With her overhaul completed USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Williamson) returns to Pearl Harbor.

9 Apr 1944
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Williamson) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Bonin Islands.

31 May 1944
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Williamson) ended her 9th war patrol at Majuro.

24 Jun 1944
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. M.H. Rindskopf) departed from Majuro for her 10th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Palau Islands.

29 Jul 1944
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. M.H. Rindskopf) sank a Japanese sampan with gunfire some 100 nautical miles north-west of Palau in position 09°18'N, 133°20'E.

14 Aug 1944
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. M.H. Rindskopf) ended her 10th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

9 Sep 1944
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. M.H. Rindskopf) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 11th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Surigao Strait in the Philippines. Later she moved on the South China Sea.

24 Oct 1944
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. M.H. Rindskopf) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Shikisan Maru (4725 GRT) in the South China Sea west of Luzon Strait in position 20°27'N, 118°31'E.

26 Oct 1944
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. M.H. Rindskopf) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese transport Tatsura Maru (6420 GRT) in position 19°00'N, 120°45'E, and sank the Japanese merchant passenger/cargo ship Taisho Maru (6886 GRT) and cargo ship Taihaku Maru (6061 GRT) north of Luzon in position 19°21'N, 120°50'E.

8 Nov 1944
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. M.H. Rindskopf) ended her 11th war patrol at Majuro.

7 Dec 1944
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. F.M. Eddy) departed from Majuro for her 12th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Nansei Shoto.

17 Jan 1945
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. F.M. Eddy) ended her 12th war patrol at Guam.

11 Feb 1945
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. F.M. Eddy) departed from Guam for her 13th war patrol. She was ordered to perform lifeguard duties off the Nansei Shoto.

2 Apr 1945
USS Drum (Lt.Cdr. F.M. Eddy) ended her 13th war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She was now sent to the US west coast for an overhaul.

8 Aug 1945
With her overhaul completed USS Drum departed from Midway for her 14th war patrol. She proceeded to Saipan at the end of hostilities.

Media links


The War Below

James Scott


U. S. Submarines in World War II

Kimmett, Larry and Regis, Margaret


U.S. Submarines Through 1945

Friedman, Norman


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