As we were standing on the deck of the “Little Rock” we could see the third and final ship at the Buffalo Naval Museum. The USS Croaker is a WWII submarine that fought and sunk many vessels. See USS Croaker link. Here it says ”
Gato Class submarine launched December 19, 1943. Commissioned April 21, 1944 at Electric Boat Company, Groton, CT. Converted December 11, 1953. Decommissioned December 20, 1971.
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 to the Pacific to wage a war of attrition against Japan’s merchant marine and Navy. USS Croaker had 6 WWII pacific war patrols, was awarded 3 battle stars, and claimed 11 Japanese vessels including a cruiser, four tankers, two freighters, an ammunition ship, two escort craft, and a minesweeper.”
It was about 1500 tons, 311 feet by 27 feet and had 74 enlisted men and 7 officers on board.
It was hard to take photos of the Croaker because it was wedged between the seawall and the Little Rock Destroyer.
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