Cunningham, Edwin Harvie, III, MoMM1c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
MO-0000-Motor Machinist/Oiler
Last Rating/NEC Group
Motor Machinistmate/Oiler
Primary Unit
1942-1944, MO-0000, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
Service Years
1934 - 1944
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Golden Dragon
Neptune Subpoena
Panama Canal
Plank Owner
MoMM - Motor Machinistmate/Oiler
Two Hash Marks

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Home State
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Newport News
Last Address
Bowling Green, Va

Casualty Date
Feb 29, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
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
  1944, Submarine Veterans of WW II
  1945, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)

 Ribbon Bar
Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 7 Patrols

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1934, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
HQ, RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)SSC (Cadre/Staff) Great Lakes, ILLSubmarine Training Facility (Staff) Norfolk, VACOMNAVSUBFORLANT
USS Trout (SS-202)COMNAVSUBFORCommander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1934-1934, HQ, RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)
  1934-1935, MO-0000, SSC (Cadre/Staff) Great Lakes, ILL
  1935-1935, MO-0000, Submarine Training Facility (Staff) Norfolk, VA
  1940-1941, MM-0000, COMNAVSUBFORLANT
  1940-1944, MO-0000, USS Trout (SS-202)
  1941-1944, MO-0000, COMNAVSUBFOR
  1942-1944, MO-0000, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 USS Trout (SS-202)/USS TROUT (SS-202) 1st War Patrol
  1942-1942 USS Trout (SS-202)/USS TROUT (SS-202) 2nd War Patrol
  1942-1942 Submarine War Patrols
  1942-1942 Submarine War Patrols
  1942-1942 USS Trout (SS-202)/USS TROUT (SS-202) 3rd War Patrol
  1942-1942 USS Trout (SS-202)/USS TROUT (SS-202) 4th War Patrol
  1943-1943 Submarine War Patrols
  1943-1943 Submarine War Patrols
  1943-1943 Submarine War Patrols
  1943-1943 Submarine War Patrols
  1944-1944 USS Trout (SS-202)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

USS Trout (SS-202)

Trout was the first ship of the United States Navy to be named for the trout, any of certain small, fresh-water fishes, highly esteemed by anglers for their gameness, their rich and finely flavored flesh and their handsome (usually mottled or speckled) coloration. Her keel was laid down on 28 August 1939 by the Portsmouth Navy Yard in Kittery, Maine. She was launched on 21 May 1940 sponsored by Mrs. Walter B. Woodson, and commissioned on 15 November 1940 with Lieutenant Commander Frank Wesley "Mike" Fenno, Jr., as captain.
On 2 July 1941, following "shakedown" operations along the east coast, Trout and sister ship Triton(SS-201) departed New York City, bound for the Pacific. After transiting the Panama Canal and stopping at San Diego, California, the submarines arrived at Pearl Harbor on 4 August 1941.

Trout conducted training operations with Submarine Division 62 until 29 November when she stood out of Pearl Harbor to conduct a simulated war patroloff Midway Island.

2nd patrol ? to the Philippines

On 12 January 1942, Trout stood out of Pearl Harbor with 3500 rounds of 3" AAA ammunition to be delivered to the besieged American forces on Corregidor. She topped off with fuel at Midway Island on 16 January and continued westward. On 27 January, near the Bonin Islands, she sighted a light off her port bow, closed to 1,500 yards (1,400m) of the vessel, and fired a stern torpedo which missed. She closed to 600 yards (550m), discovered that her target was a submarine chaser, and, as she had been warned to avoid small ships, resumed her course for the Philippines. On 3 February, Trout rendezvoused with PT-34 off Corregidor and was escorted to its South Dock.

At Pearl Harbor in early March 1942, unloading gold bars which she had evacuated from Corregidor.

Trout unloaded her ammunition cargo, refueled, loaded two torpedoes, and requested additional ballast. Since neither sandbags nor sacks of concrete were available, she was given 20tons of gold bars and silver pesos to be evacuated from the Philippines. The specie came from twelve Philippine banks emptied of their assets, absent the paper money, all of which had been burned to prevent it from falling into Japanese hands. She also loaded securities, mail, and United States Department of State dispatches before submerging shortly before daybreak to wait at the bottom in Manila Bay until the return of darkness. That evening, the submarine loaded more mail and securities before she was escorted through the minefields out to open water. Trout set a course for the East China Sea which she entered on 10 February.

That afternoon, Trout launched a torpedo at a freighter from a range of 2,000 yards (1,800m) but missed. The submarine then closed the target before firing two more which both hit the freighter. Approximately 25minutes later, her sonar heard four explosions that were the boilers of Chuwa Maru blowing up as she sank. That evening, Trout was returning through the Bonin Islands when she sighted a light. She changed course, closed the range to 3,000 yards (2,700m), and launched two torpedoes at the ship. Both missed. In the time that lapsed between firing the first and the second torpedo, an enemy torpedo passed down Trout?s port side. As the submarine went to 120 feet (37m), another torpedo passed overhead. Trout came up to periscope depth and fired a third torpedo at the target and blew it up. Sound picked up another ship running at full speed, but there was no opportunity to attack it. Trout was credited with sinking a small patrol ship of approximately 200tons. When she reached Pearl Harbor on 3 March 1942, the submarine transferred her valuable ballast to the cruiser Detroit.

Trout received a Presidential Unit Citation for this patrol. Commander Fenno received the Navy Cross and Army Distinguished Service Cross, and all crew members were awarded the Army Silver Star.

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, which was carrying the Japanese 18th Infantry Regiment. 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, at the position 2240′N 13145′E / 22.667N 131.75E / 22.667; 131.75Coordinates: 2240′N 13145′E / 22.667N 131.75E / 22.667; 131.75. 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.


Purple Heart
Rank/Rate Motor Machinist's Mate, First Class
Service Number 414 74 78
Birth Date June 24, 1916
From Bowling Green, Virginia
Decorations Purple Heart
Submarine USS Trout (SS-202)
Loss Date February 29, 1944
Location 22 40'N x13145' E in Philippines Basin
Circumstances Probably sunk by depth charge attack
Remarks Edwin was born in Newport News, Virginia.

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