Crain, Elmer Franklin, Jr., ENS

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Last Rank
Ensign
Last Primary NEC
117X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare (In Training)
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1944, USS Trout (SS-202)
Service Years
1943 - 1944
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Golden Dragon
Neptune Subpoena
Ensign
Ensign

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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Dallas
Last Address
Dallas

Casualty Date
Feb 29, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Location
Philippines
Conflict
USS Trout (SS-202)
Location of Interment
Buried at Sea, Pacific Ocean
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 




 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon


 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesSubmarine Veterans of WW IIMilitary Order of the World Wars (MOWW)
  1941, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States - Assoc. Page
  1944, Submarine Veterans of WW II
  1945, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)

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 Duty Stations
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific (SUBTRACENPAC)USS Trout (SS-202)
  1939-1943, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1943-1943, Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific (SUBTRACENPAC)
  1943-1944, USS Trout (SS-202)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1941-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1941-1945 World War II
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1939-1943, United States Naval Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity



USSTrout (SS-202)




USS Trout (SS-202) arriving at Pearl Harbor in March 1942

Trout coming alongside Detroit at Pearl Harbor in early March 1942, to unload a cargo of gold that she had evacuated from the Philippines. The gold had been loaded aboard Trout at Corregidor on 4 February 1942.


USS Trout (SS-202) was a United States Navy Tambor-class submarine, serving in the Pacific from 1941 to 1944. She received 11 battle stars for World War II service and three Presidential Unit Citations, for her second, third, and fifth patrols.

Trout is credited with sinking 23 enemy ships, giving her 87,000tons sunk, and damaging 6 ships, for 75,000tons. During her first ten patrols she made 32 torpedo attacks, firing 85 torpedoes, including 34 hits, 5 confirmed premature detonations, 5 confirmed duds, and 25 suspected duds. She was also involved in six battle surface actions and was attacked with depth charges eight times.

She was reported overdue on 17 April 1944 and presumed lost on her eleventh war patrol.

The last patrol

On 8 February 1944, the submarine began her 11th and final war patrol. Trout topped off with fuel at Midway Island and, on 16 February, headed via a great circle route toward the East China Sea.

Japanese records examined after the war indicate that one of their convoys, Matsu No. 1, was attacked by a submarine on 29 February 1944 in the patrol area assigned to Trout. Carrying the 29th Infantry Division of the Kwantung Army from Manchuria to Guam, Matsu No. 1 consisted of four large transports escorted by three Yugumo-class destroyers of Destroyer Division 31: Asashimo, Kishinami, and Okinami. The submarine badly damaged one large passenger-cargo ship and sank the 7,126-ton transport Sakito Maru. Asashimo detected the submarine and dropped 19 depth charges. Oil and debris came to the surface and the destroyer dropped a final depth charge on that spot. The submarine was using Mk. XVIII electric torpedoes, and it was also possible that one of those had made a circular run and sunk the boat, as happened with Tang.

On 17 April 1944, Trout was declared presumed lost with all 81 hands, including Commander Clark and his executive officer, Lt. Harry Eades Woodworth, both of whom had made all 11 war patrols.

   
Comments/Citation


Purple Heart

Rank/Rate Ensign
Service Number 0-282810
Birth Date February 13, 1921
From Dallas, Texas
Decorations Purple Heart
Submarine USS Trout (SS-202)
Loss Date February 29, 1944
Location 22 40' N x 131 45' E, in the Philippines Basin
Circumstances Probably sunk by depth charge attack

   
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