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
Other Explosive Device
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) 11th War Patrol
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She is ordered to patrol off the Bungo Strait
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Dec 15, 2009
Personal Memories

Eleventh patrol: December 1944?February 1945
On 28 December 1944, Trigger headed for the Bungo Suido-Kii Suido area to begin her 11th war patrol. At 21:05 on 3 January 1945, she sighted a light, and radar made a doubtful contact. Thirty minutes later, a torpedo passed by her starboard side. Trigger reversed course and cleared the area but returned two days later. That day, she sighted a periscope at 2,000 yards (1,800 m), and?realizing that instead of hunting, she was being hunted?she slipped away.

On 29 January, the submarine made radar contact from 23,000 yards (21,000 m) on a large convoy with six escorts and well covered by aircraft. As she closed, the moon came out bright and clear. An enemy bomber turned and started in as radar picked up another plane coming in astern at 5,000 yards (4,600 m). The submarine went deep, and the convoy slowly pulled away. The next day, the ship was ordered to terminate her patrol, and she returned to Guam on 3 February.

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