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) 10th War Patrol
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She was ordered to patrol east of Formosa
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Dec 15, 2009
Personal Memories

Tenth patrol: September?November 1944
On 24 September, Trigger got underway to take station off the east coast of Formosa and perform life guard patrol for bomber strikes due on 12 October. The morning of the strikes, she rescued a pilot from aircraft carrier Bunker Hill (CV-17) whose burning plane had crash-landed nearby. On 19 October, as the invasion of the Philippines was about to begin, Trigger contacted a convoy of two Takao-class heavy cruisers, one Nagara-class cruiser, two other light cruisers, and several destroyers with air cover. Trigger had no chance to fire but reported the contact. On 30 October, she launched four torpedoes at a tanker but missed. She then fired another four from her stern tubes and heard one hit the target before running up the periscope to watch the other three blow off part of the stern, but the ship did not sink. Trigger went deep as 78 depth charges were rained down on her within the next hour, but caused no damage. The damaged 10,021 ton tanker Takane Maru was later sunk by submarines Salmon (SS-182) and Sterlet (SS-392). The next morning, Trigger received word from Salmon that she had been heavily damaged by depth charges and was unable to submerge. Trigger rendezvoused with Salmon that night and was joined by Silversides (SS-236) and Sterlet to escort the damaged submarine to Saipan. They were provided with air cover from the Mariana Islands and arrived at Tanapag Harbor on 3 November. A week later, Trigger departed

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