USS PAMPANITO (SS-383)
Pampanito Under Tow, 1996 - USS Pampanito Archives Photo
Length: 311 feet, 8 inches
A World War II fleet submarine, Pampanito earned six battle stars for her service in the Pacific, sinking five vessels totalling 27,332 tons. Her biggest day came on September 12, 1944, when she and two other submarines surprised an 11-ship convoy and sank seven vessels. Later, Pampanito rescued 73 Allied prisoners of war who had been carried aboard the enemy transports.
Laid up after the war, Pampanito was acquired by the Maritime Park Association (formerly the National Maritime Museum Association) and opened to the public at Pier 45, near San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf. Pampanito conducts youth group overnight encampments, as well as science and history education programs.
USS Pampanito is a National Historic Landmark.
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