USS O-6 (SS-67)
O-6 in drydock at Charleston Navy Yard
|Ordered:||3 March 1916|
|Builder:||Fore River Shipbuilding Company, Quincy, Massachusetts|
|Laid down:||6 December 1916|
|Launched:||25 November 1917|
|Commissioned:||12 June 1918|
|Decommissioned:||9 June 1931|
|Recommissioned:||4 February 1941|
|Decommissioned:||11 September 1945|
|Struck:||11 September 1945|
|Type:||O class submarine|
|Length:||172 ft 4 in (52.53 m)|
|Beam:||18 ft (5.5 m)|
|Draft:||14 ft 5 in (4.39 m)|
|Complement:||2 officers, 27 men|
USS O-6 (SS-67) was an O-class submarine of the United States Navy. Her keel was laid down on 6 December 1916 by Fore River Shipbuilding Company in Quincy, Massachusetts. She was launched on 25 November 1917 sponsored by the lieutenant's wife, Mrs. Carrol Q. Wright (daughter of Army Major, John Leslie Shepard), and commissioned at Boston, Massachusetts, on 12 June 1918 with Lieutenant C. Q. Wright, Jr. (Son of USN Chaplain, C.Q. Wright), in command.
During the final months of World War I, O-6 operated out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on coastal patrol against U-boats, cruising from Cape Cod to Key West, Florida. A British merchantman fired six shots at O-6 on 14 July 1918, Excerpts from the autobiography of Captain C. Q. Wright Jr. relate that the first two shells landed on either side of the sub. Taking evasive action and emergency diving resulted in several shells hitting the sub and damaging the Conning Tower, the 3" gun, and the Bridge Shield. Otherwise, Had the C.O. not taken evasive action the sub would have been sunk. Lt. Capt. C. Q. Wright was awarded the "Distinguished Service Cross" for his actions saving the ship. On 2 November, the boat departed Newport in a 20-submarine contingent bound for service in European waters, however, the Armistice with Germany had been signed before the vessels reached the Azores, and they returned to the United States.
After the war, O-6 prolonged her Naval career by operating as a training ship out of New London, Connecticut. Reclassified to a second line submarine on 25 July 1924 while stationed at Coco Solo in the Panama Canal Zone, she reverted to first line class on 6 June 1928 and continued at New London until February 1929, when she steamed to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to decommission there on 9 June 1931.
Submarines had proved to be a major weapon in World War I. As U.S. involvement in World War II approached, old submarines were taken out of mothballs and prepared to renew training activities. O-6 recommissioned at Philadelphia on 4 February 1941 and then returned to New London to train students at the Submarine School. On 19 June 1941, O-6 made a trial run to Portsmouth, New Hampshire; the next day O-9 (SS-70) went down 15 nautical miles off Portsmouth. O-6 joined O-10 (SS-71), Triton (SS-201), and other vessels in the search for the lost submarine, but to no avail.
Remaining in the Portsmouth area, O-6 decommissioned there on 11 September 1945, was struck from the Naval Vessel Register the same day, and was sold to John J. Duane Company of Quincy on 4 September 1946. The boat was subsequently scrapped in December 1946.
- World War I Victory Medal
- American Defense Service Medal
- American Campaign Medal
- World War II Victory Medal
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Photo gallery of USS O-6 at NavSource Naval History