Dodane, Robert Lee, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1945, USS Trigger (SS-237)
Service Years
1936 - 1945
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Fort Wayne, IN
Last Address
2324 Vallejo St
San Francisco, CA

Casualty Date
Mar 28, 1945
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
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South China Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
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Court 5 (cenotaph)

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USS Trigger (SS-237) began her 12th war patrol 11 March 1945. She made attacks on the 18th and the 20th. On 26 March she was ordered to join a "wolf pack" to attack Japanese shipping. She radioed a weather report that day and was never heard from again. She may have fallen victim to a Japanese air and ship attack, but her fate is unknown. Lieutenant Commander Dodane was listed as missing in action and later declared dead 21 April 1946.

Service number: 085367

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Thank you LCDR for your dedication, loya... posted by Isaacs, Larry, SgtMaj USMC(Ret)
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USS TRIGGER (SS-237) 8th War Patrol
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Ordered to patrol in the Mariana / Caroline Islands area.
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Personal Memories

Eighth patrol: January?February 1944
Trigger stood out to sea on New Year's Day 1944 to begin her eighth war patrol, this time in the Truk-Guam shipping lanes. On 27 January, she sighted the conning tower of an Ro-class submarine dead ahead. Trigger set up to fire a bow shot from 800 yards (730 m). She came to periscope depth and saw the Japanese submarine, then less than 100 yards (91 m) away, was preparing to attack. Trigger submerged to 150 feet (50 m), expecting a torpedo at any minute, but sound heard no torpedo screws. She came up to periscope depth and saw the Japanese periscope so she decided to make an end around. When Trigger returned to periscope depth, the enemy had disappeared.

Four days later, she contacted a convoy of three ships accompanied by two Fubuki-class destroyers. The submarine scored two hits on the coastal minelayer Nasami, which disappeared in a cloud of smoke and debris. The nearer destroyer began closing the range, and Trigger missed it with four aft tubes. She caught up with the convoy again and fired five torpedoes at the last ship. Two hits produced flames that reached masthead height and several secondary explosions that marked the end of the 11,933-ton converted submarine tender Yasukuni Maru. Over three weeks later, the submarine terminated the patrol when she arrived at Pearl Harbor on 23 February.

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