List of lost United States submarines

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US Navy submarines "Still on Patrol" plaque at the Independence Seaport Museum

These United States submarines were lost either to enemy action or to "storm or perils of the sea."

See also the list of submarines of the United States Navy.

Before World War II[edit]

During World War II[edit]

During World War II, the U.S. Navy's submarine service suffered the highest casualty percentage of all the American armed forces, losing one in five submariners.[1]

Fifty-two submarines of the United States Navy were lost in action during World War II.[2] Two -- Dorado (SS-248) and Seawolf (SS-197)—were lost to friendly fire, at least two more --Tulibee and Tang—to defective torpedoes, and four to accident or grounding.[3] Some 16,000 submariners served during the war, of whom 375 officers and 3131 enlisted men were killed.[4]

The Submarine Veterans of World War II suggested each of the fifty states of the United States "adopt" one submarine, except California and New York, which should adopt two.

After World War II[edit]


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  2. ^ ″United States Submarine Losses World War II″, Naval History Division, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington: 1963 (Fifth Printing)
  3. ^ Blair, Clay, Jr. Silent Victory (Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1975), p.991-2.
  4. ^ Blair, p.877.

See also[edit]

United States Submarine Veterans Inc. (USSVI)

On Eternal Patrol