USS CROAKER (SS-246, later SSK-246)
Class: Gato Submarine
Length: 311 feet, 7 inches
Built as part of the effort to assemble a major submarine force just prior to and after the U.S. entry into World War II, USS Croaker was sent into the Pacific to wage a war of attrition against Japan's merchant marine and Navy. Croaker made six war patrols and attacked and sank a cruiser, four tankers, two freighters, an ammunition ship, two escort craft, and a minesweeper. Credited with eleven sinkings, with a total of 40,000 tons, Croaker's war career typifies the tremendous success of the submarine war against Japan.
At the end of the war Croaker returned to Groton, Connecticut, and participated in various submarine operations until stricken from the Navy Register in 1971. Displayed for years in Groton, Croaker was moved to Buffalo in 1988. Restored and open for tours, Croaker is part of the historic fleet at the Naval & Military Park, which includes the guided missile cruiser Little Rock and the destroyer The Sullivans.
1952 U.S. Navy Photograph
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