The Champion Submarine-Killing Submarine of World War Two

 

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Lt. Commander John K. FYFE Navy Cross The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John K. Fyfe, Commander, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. BATFISH (SS-310), on the SIXTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 30 December 1944 to 3 March 1945, in enemy controlled waters at Luzon, in the Philippine Islands. Through his experience and sound judgment Commander Fyfe brought his ship safely back to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. Source: Link
     
Lt. Commander John K. FYFE Gold Star

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star to Commander [then Lieutenant Commander] John Kerr Fyfe (NSN: 0-77007), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. BATFISH (SS-310), on the THIRD War Patrol of that submarine during the period 26 May to 7 July 1944, in enemy-infested Pacific waters. Skillfully maneuvering his ship into a favorable position to strike enemy shipping, Commander Fyfe launched three bold, aggressive torpedo attacks to sink three enemy vessels totaling over 8,000 tons despite severe hostile countermeasures. Subsequently, he launched a fierce running gun battle to sink a large enemy trawler and yacht-type escort. Commander Fyfe's expert seamanship and courage were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. Source: Link. Note: His first Silver Star was awarded on his performance as Assistant Approach Officer in the U.S.S. Sandlance (SS-381) on its First War Patrol.

     
Lt. Commander John K. FYFE Gold Star

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Second Gold Star in lieu of a Third Award of the Silver Star to Commander [then Lieutenant Commander] John Kerr Fyfe (NSN: 0-77007), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. BATFISH (SS-310), on the FOURTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 1 August to 12 September 1944. Operating in the restricted waters close to enemy-held islands in the Palau area, Commander Fyfe skillfully maneuvered his submarine close to the inadequately charted Valacoo and Bruangl Reefs and sank two Japanese lead-type destroyers, pressing home these attacks despite the fact that several enemy anti-submarine craft were closely operating in the immediate vicinity and enemy aircraft continually circled overhead. By his expert seamanship navigating his vessel through the perilous waters, he rendered ineffective all enemy attempts to counterattack. After action, he repeatedly maintained his submarine on assigned stations ready to assist our aircraft engaged in operational bombing of this inland group. His professional skill, indomitable fighting spirit and outstanding devotion to duty reflect great credit upon Commander Fyfe and the United States Naval Service. Source: Link.

     
Lt. Commander John K. FYFE Gold Star

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Third Gold Star in lieu of a Fourth Award of the Silver Star to Commander [then Lieutenant Commander] John Kerr Fyfe (NSN: 0-77007), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. BATFISH (SS-310), on the FIFTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 8 October to 1 December 1944, in enemy Japanese-controlled waters ion the Pacific Ocean Area. A skilled and aggressive leader, Commander Fyfe penetrated strong enemy escort screens to launch repeated attacks against enemy shipping and, by his expert ship-handling, contributed to the success of the BATFISH in sinking a hostile warship and in damaging several smaller craft despite severe enemy countermeasures. His devotion to duty reflects the highest credit upon himself, his officers and men and the United States Naval Service. Source: Link.

     
Lt. Gerson I. BERMAN Letter of Commendation & Ribbon For distinguishing himself by meritorious conduct in action in the performance of his duties in the U.S.S. BATFISH during the FIFTH War Patrol of that vessel in enemy waters from 8 October to 1 December 1944. As Radar Officer, his expert knowledge of and ability in maintaining the Radar Equipment in a high state of efficiency was of invaluable assistance to his Commanding Officer in conducting successful attacks which resulted in the sinking of two enemy ships, including a destroyer escort, for a total of 5,000 tons, and the damaging of two additional enemy ships, totaling 4,300 tons. His coolness and devotion to duty contributed directly to the success of his ship in evading enemy countermeasures. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to the officers and men in his ship, and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
     
Lt. Gerson I. BERMAN Silver Star Medal For gallantry and intrepidity in action in the performance of his duties as Radar Officer in the U.S.S. BATFISH during the SIXTH War Patrol of that vessel in enemy waters from December 30, 1944 to March 3, 1945. His keen understanding of radar equipment and proficiency in operation of that equipment were of invaluable assistance to the Commanding Officer in conducting successful attacks which resulted in the sinking of three enemy submarines. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to the officers and men in his ship and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
     
Lieutenant Robert G. BLACK Bronze Star Medal

For meritorious service in action as Torpedo Data Computer operator of the U.S.S. BATFISH during her THIRD War Patrol in enemy-controlled waters from May 26, 1944 to July 7, 1944. By his skill, intelligence, judgment, highly proficient operation of the Torpedo Data Computer and quick analysis of fire control problems, Lieutenant Robert G. BLACK rendered invaluable assistance to his Commanding Officer. In furnishing prompt and accurate fire control information he made possible the sinking of over 9,000 tons of enemy shipping by the BATFISH during her third war patrol. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Naval Service.

     
Lieutenant Robert G. BLACK Bronze Star Medal For meritorious service in action in the performance of his duties in the U.S.S. BATFISH during the FOURTH War Patrol of that vessel in enemy waters from 1 August to 12 September 1944. As Torpedo Data Computer Operator, his thorough knowledge of fire control equipment and proficiency in operating the Torpedo Data Computer were of invaluable assistance to his Commanding Officer in conducting successful attacks which resulted in the sinking of two enemy destroyers, totaling 2,900 tons. His coolness and high devotion to duty contributed directly to the success of his vessel in evading enemy countermeasures. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to the officers and men in his ship, and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
     
Joseph M. FARNSWORTH Letter of Commendation & Ribbon For distinguishing himself by meritorious conduct in action in the performance of his duties as Sound Operator in the U.S.S. BATFISH during the THIRD War Patrol of that vessel in enemy waters, from 26 May 1944 to 7 July 1944. His exceptional skill and ability in furnishing his Commanding Officer with valuable sound data during attacks upon enemy shipping, contributed materially to the success of his ship in sinking five enemy ships, totaling over 9,000 tons. His coolness and devotion to duty assisted much to the success of his ship on conducting successful evasive tactics. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to all with whom he served, and in keeping with the highest traditions of the Naval Service.
     
Lt. (jg) John L. FROM Letter of Commendation & Ribbon For distinguishing himself by meritorious conduct in action in the performance of his duties in the U.S.S. BATFISH during the FOURTH War Patrol of that vessel in enemy waters from 1 August to 12 September 1944. As Assistant Torpedo Data Computer operator, his keen understanding of fire control equipment and proficiency in operating the Torpedo Data Computer were of invaluable assistance to his Commanding Officer in conducting successful attacks which resulted in the sinking of two enemy destroyers, totaling 2,900 tons. His coolness and devotion to duty contributed directly to the success of this vessel in evading enemy countermeasures. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to the officers and men in his ship, and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
     
RT1c Adolph GOLDFARB Letter of Commendation  & Ribbon

For distinguishing himself by meritorious conduct in action in the performance of his duties in the U.S.S. BATFISH during the FIRST War Patrol of that vessel in enemy waters from 11 December 1943 to 30 January 1944. As Radio Technician 1st Class, his exceptional skill and high degree of proficiency at this battle station materially assisted his Commanding Officer in conducting successful attacks which resulted in the sinking of two enemy passenger-freighters totaling 15,680 tons. His coolness and devotion to duty contributed directly to the success for his vessel in evading enemy countermeasures. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to all with whom he served, and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

     
Lt. James M. HINGSON Letter of Commendation  & Ribbon For distinguishing himself by meritorious conduct in action in the performance of his duties in the U.S.S. BATFISH during the FIRST War Patrol of that vessel in enemy waters from 11 December 1943 to 30 January 1944. As Diving Officer, his careful and precise control of depth was of invaluable assistance to his commanding Officer in conducting successful attacks which resulted in the sinking of two enemy passenger-freighters totaling 15, 680 tons. His coolness and devotion to duty contributed directly to the success of his vessel in evading enemy countermeasures. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to the officers and men in his ship and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
     
LCDR James M. HINGSON Bronze Star Medal For heroic and meritorious service in action as Assistant Approach Officer of the U.S.S. BATFISH during her THIRD War Patrol in enemy-controlled waters from May 26, 1944 to July 7, 1944. By his tireless efforts in training the Fire Control Party during action by his coolness and counsel to the Commanding Officer when his ship was firing torpedoes and undergoing severe anti-submarine measures, Lieutenant Commander James M. HINGSON was responsible in a great measure for the success of a patrol during which over 9,000 tons of enemy shipping were sunk. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Naval Service.
     
LCDR James M. HINGSON Gold Star in lieu of Second Bronze
Star Medal
For meritorious service in action in the performance of his duties in the U.S.S. BATFISH during the FOURTH War Patrol of that vessel in enemy waters from 1 August to 12 September 1944. As [Assistant Approach Officer] his outstanding skill, efficiency, and keen understanding of attack problems, assisted his Commanding Officer considerably in conducting very aggressive attacks which resulted in the sinking of two enemy destroyers, totaling 2,900 tons. His coolness and high devotion to duty contributed directly to the success of his vessel in evading enemy countermeasures. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to the officers and men in this ship and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Navy.
     
LCDR James M. HINGSON Gold Star in Lieu of
Third Bronze
Star Medal

For meritorious service in action in the performance of his duties in the U.S.S. BATFISH during the FIFTH War Patrol of that vessel in enemy waters from 8 October to 1 December 1944. As Assistant Approach Officer, his excellent judgment and thorough knowledge of attack problems, assisted his commanding Officer considerably in conducting successful attacks which resulted in the sinking of two enemy ships, including a destroyer escort, for a total of 5,000 tons, and the damaging of two additional enemy ships totaling 4,300 tons. His coolness and devotion to duty were direct contributions to the success of his vessel in evading very severe enemy countermeasures. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to the officers and men in his ship, and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

     
TM1c Lynus J. LARCH Letter of Commendation & Ribbon For distinguishing himself by meritorious conduct as a member of the crew of the U.S.S. BATFISH during her THIRD War Patrol in enemy controlled waters from May 26, 1944 to July 7, 1944. Lynus J. LARCH, Torpedomanís Mate First Class, U.S. Navy by his skill, foresight and attention to duty maintained all torpedoes and torpedo tubes in such a ready state of operation that they were at all times ready for instant use during the third war patrol of the U.S.S. BATFISH, in which over 9,000 tons of enemy shipping were sunk. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Naval Service.
     
CMM Edward O. LITTELL Letter of Commendation & Ribbon For distinguishing himself by meritorious conduct in action in the performance of his duties in the U.S.S. BATFISH during the FIFTH War Patrol of that vessel in enemy waters from 8 October to 1 December 1944. As a [Chief Machinist's Mate], his exceptional skill assisted his Commanding Officer in conducting successful attacks which resulted in the sinking of two enemy ships, including a destroyer escort, for a total of 5,000 tons, and the damaging of two additional enemy ships totaling 4,300 tons. His coolness and devotion to duty contributed directly to the success of his vessel in evading enemy countermeasures. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to all with whom he served, and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
     
Ensign Wayne L. McCANN Letter of Commendation  & Ribbon

For distinguishing himself by meritorious conduct in action in the performance of his duties in the U.S.S. BATFISH during the FIRST War Patrol of that vessel in enemy waters from 11 December 1943 to 30 January 1944. As Plotting Officer, his outstanding skill, excellent judgment, and coordination of important information, assisted his Commanding Officer considerably in conducting successful attacks which resulted in the sinking of two passenger-freighters totaling 15,680 tons. His coolness and devotion to duty contributed directly to the success for his vessel in evading enemy countermeasures. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to the officers and men in his ship, and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

     
Lt. (jg) Wayne L McCANN Letter of Commendation  & Ribbon

For distinguishing himself by meritorious conduct in action in the line of his profession as Diving Officer of the U.S.S. BATFISH during her THIRD War Patrol in enemy-controlled waters, in which she sank over 9,000 tons of enemy shipping. By his outstanding skill, excellent depth control and courage in the face of strong anti-submarine measures, Lieutenant (jg) Wayne L. MCCANN made possible undetected approaches, in flat seas to close firing range of enemy vessels, against which several successful attacks were made and subsequent damage from most sever anti-submarine measure avoided by his ship. His conduct and performance of duty throughout were an inspiration to the officers and men of his ship and in keeping with the highest traditions of the Naval Service.

     
CMoMM Emmett N. McGILL Letter of Commendation & Ribbon For distinguishing himself by meritorious conduct in action in the performance of his duties in the U.S.S. BATFISH during the FOURTH War Patrol of that vessel in enemy waters from 1 August to 12 September 1944. As a [Chief Motor Machinist's Mate], his exceptional skill and high degree of proficiency at his battle station, materially assisted his Commanding Officer in conducting successful attacks which resulted in the sinking of two enemy destroyers, totaling 2,900 tons. His coolness and devotion to duty contributed directly to the success of his vessel in evading enemy countermeasures. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to all with whom he served, and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
     
TM1c Edward J. McNAMARA Letter of Commendation & Ribbon For distinguishing himself by meritorious conduct as a member of the crew of the U.S.S. BATFISH during her THIRD War Patrol in enemy controlled waters from May 26, 1944 to July 7, 1944. Edward J. McNAMARA, Torpedomanís Mate First Class, U.S. Navy, by his skill, foresight and attention to duty maintained all torpedoes and torpedo tubes in such a ready state of operation that they were at all times ready for instant use during the third war patrol of the U.S.S. BATFISH, in which over 9,000 tons of enemy shipping were sunk. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Naval Service.
     
Lt. (jg) Henry J. MORIN Letter of Commendation & Ribbon For distinguishing himself by meritorious conduct in action in the performance of his duties in the U.S.S. BATFISH during the FIFTH War Patrol of that vessel in enemy waters from 8 October to 1 December 1944. As Officer-of-the-Deck, his skillful navigation of his ship assisted his Commanding Officer considerably in conducting successful attacks which resulted in the sinking of two enemy ships, including a destroyer escort, for a total of 5,000 tons, and the damaging of two additional enemy ships, totaling 4,300 tons. His coolness and devotion to duty contributed directly to the success of his ship in evading enemy countermeasures. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to the officers and men in his ship, and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
     

Lieutenant Peter G. MOLTENI

 

Bronze Star Medal

For meritorious service in action in the performance of his duties in the U.S.S. BATFISH during the FIRST War Patrol of that vessel in enemy waters from 11 December 1943 to 30 January 1944.  As Assistant Approach Officer, his thorough knowledge of attack problems and outstanding ability and proficiency assisted his Commanding Officer considerably in conducting successful attacks which resulted in the sinking of two passenger-freighters totaling 15,680 tons. His coolness and devotion to duty contributed directly to the success of his vessel in evading enemy countermeasures. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to the officers and men of the United States Naval Service.

     
CEM Ruben H. PEPPER Letter of Commendation  & Ribbon

For distinguishing himself by meritorious conduct in action in the performance of his duties in the U.S.S. BATFISH during the FIRST War Patrol of that vessel in enemy waters from 11 December 1943 to 30 January 1944. As Chief Electricians Mate, his exceptional skill and high degree of proficiency at this battle station materially assisted his Commanding Officer in conducting successful attacks which resulted in the sinking of two enemy passenger-freighters totaling 15,680 tons. His coolness and devotion to duty contributed directly to the success for his vessel in evading enemy countermeasures. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to all with whom he served, and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

     
Walter S. ROGERS
Chief Torpedoman's Mate

 

Bronze Star Medal

For meritorious service in action in the performance of his duties in the U.S.S. BATFISH during the FIRST War Patrol of that vessel in enemy waters from 11 December 1943 to 30 January 2944. As Chief of the Boat, his industry, skill, and able supervision in maintaining a high state of readiness in the Control Room at all times, were of invaluable assistance to his Commanding Officer in conducting successful attacks which resulted in the sinking of two enemy passenger freighters totaling 15,680 tons. His coolness and devotion to duty contributed directly to the success of his vessel in evading enemy countermeasures. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to all with whom he served, and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

     
FCS1c Vernon R. SLUNAKER

Letter of Commendation & Ribbon

For distinguishing himself by meritorious conduct in action in the performance of his duties in the U.S.S. BATFISH during the FIFTH War Patrol of that vessel in enemy waters from 8 October to 1 December 1944. As a [Fire Controlman, Submarine First Class], his exceptional skill assisted his Commanding Officer in conducting successful attacks which resulted in the sinking of two enemy ships, including a destroyer escort, for a total of 5,000 tons, and the damaging of two additional enemy ships totaling 4,300 tons. His coolness and devotion to duty contributed directly to the success of his vessel in evading enemy countermeasures. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to all with whom he served, and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
     
Lt. Clark K. SPRINKLE

Silver Star Medal

For gallantry and intrepidity in action in the performance of his duties as Assistant Approach Officer in the U.S.S. BATFISH during the SIXTH War Patrol of that vessel in enemy waters from December 30, 1944 to March 3, 1945. His ability to furnish his Commanding Officer considerably in a continual flow of information, and his excellent judgment and thorough knowledge of attack problems, assisted his Commanding Officer in conducting successful attacks which resulted in the sinking of three enemy submarines. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to the officers and men in his ship and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
     
Lt. Richard H. WALKER

Bronze Star Medal

For meritorious service in action in the performance of his duties in the U.S.S. BATFISH during the FIFTH War Patrol of that vessel in enemy waters from 8 October to 1 December 1944. As Torpedo Data Computer Operator, his keen understanding of fire control equipment and proficiency in operating the Torpedo Data Computer were of invaluable assistance to his Commanding Officer in conducting successful attacks which resulted in the sinking of two enemy ships, totaling 4,300 tons. His coolness and devotion to duty contributed directly to the success of his ship in evading enemy countermeasures. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to the officers and men in his ship, and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
     
Lt. Richard H. WALKER

Silver Star Medal

For gallantry and intrepidity in action in the performance of his duties as Torpedo Data Computer Operator in the U.S.S. BATFISH during the SIXTH War Patrol of that vessel in enemy waters from December 30, 1944 to March 3, 1945. His keen understanding of fire control equipment and proficiency in operating the Torpedo Data Computer, were of invaluable assistance to his Commanding Officer in conducting successful attacks which resulted in the sinking of three enemy submarines. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to the officers and men in his ship and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.