Allied Warships

Greenling (SS-213)

Submarine of the Gato class


USS Greenling as completed

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassGato 
Pennant213 
Built byElectric Boat Co. (Groton, Connecticut, U.S.A.) 
Ordered12 Jun 1940 
Laid down12 Nov 1940 
Launched20 Sep 1941 
Commissioned21 Jan 1942 
End service18 Mar 1960 
History

Decommissioned 16 October 1946.
Served as a Naval Reserve training vessel at Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Boston, Massachusetts.
Placed out of service 18 March 1960 and stricken shortly afterwards.
Sold 16 June 1960 to be broken up for scrap.

 

Commands listed for USS Greenling (213)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Henry Chester Bruton, USN21 Jan 194216 Feb 1943
2T/Cdr. James Donald Livingston Grant, USN16 Feb 194317 Jun 1944
3Lt.Cdr. John Day Gerwick, USN17 Jun 194419 Jul 1945
4Lt.Cdr. William H. McClaskey, USNR19 Jul 19456 Feb 1946

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7 Mar 1942
With her trials and initial training completed USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Bruton, USN) departed from New London for Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone.

15 Mar 1942
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Bruton, USN) arrived at Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone from New London, Connecticut.

19 Mar 1942
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Bruton, USN) departed Balboa, Panama Canal Zone for Pearl Harbour.

3 Apr 1942
Greenling (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Bruton, USN) arrived at Pearl Harbor.

20 Apr 1942
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Bruton) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Marshall and Caroline Islands.

30 Apr 1942
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Bruton) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese transport ship Seia Maru (6659 GRT) east-north-east of Truk in position 09°32'N, 156°03'E. Due to faulty torpedoes Lt.Cdr. Bruton is unable to finish her off.

4 May 1942
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Bruton) sank Japanese auxiliary gunboat Kinjosan Maru (3252 GRT, offsite link) near Truk, Caroline Islands in position 08°44'N, 150°56'E.

16 Jun 1942
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Bruton) ended her 1st war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

10 Jul 1942
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Bruton) departed Pearl Harbor for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Truk.

5 Aug 1942
While operation some 150 miles north-northwest of Truk, USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Bruton) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Brazil Maru (12752 GRT) in position 09°50'N, 150°38'E and the Japanese merchant Palau Maru (4495 GRT) in position 09°04'N, 150°54'E.

26 Aug 1942
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Bruton) sank a Japanese trawler with gunfire in position 05°13'N, 160°17'E.

1 Sep 1942
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Bruton) ended her 2nd war patrol at Midway.

23 Sep 1942
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Bruton) departed from Midway for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Japanese home waters.

3 Oct 1942
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Bruton) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant Kinkai Maru (5852 GRT) east of Honshu in position 38°46'N, 142°02'E.

4 Oct 1942
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Bruton) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant Setsuyo Maru (4146 GRT) off Sanriku, Honshu, Japan in position 39°48'N, 142°08'E.

14 Oct 1942
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Bruton) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport ship Takusei Maru (3509 GRT) some six miles off Todo Zaki, off the northeast coast of Honshu, Japan in position 39°33'N, 142°15'E.

18 Oct 1942
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Bruton) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport ship Hakonesan Maru (6673 GRT) off the northeast coast of Honshu, Japan in position 38°46'N, 142°03'E.

21 Oct 1942
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Bruton) sank a Japanese sampan with gunfire east of Honshu, Japan in position 39°37'N, 142°45'E.

1 Nov 1942
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Bruton) ended her very successful 3rd war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

9 Dec 1942
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Bruton) departed Pearl Harbor for her 4th war patrol. she was ordered to patrol between Truk and the Solomon Islands.

22 Dec 1942
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Bruton) torpedoed and sank the Japanese Patrol Boat No.35 about 70 nautical miles north-north-east of Kieta, Bougainville in position 05°05'S, 156°04'E.

30 Dec 1942
While attacking a Japanese convoy about 180 nautical miles northeast of Manus, Admiralty Islands, USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Bruton) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Hiteru Maru (5857 GRT) in position 00°41'N, 148°52'E.

16 Jan 1943
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Bruton) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport ship Kimposan Maru (3261 GRT) west of Kavieng in position 02°47'S, 149°10'E.

18 Jan 1943
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Bruton) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese ammunition ship/survey vessel Soya (3800 GRT) in Queen Carola Channel in position 02°04'S, 150°37'E.

19 Jan 1943
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Bruton) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese transport ship Shinai Maru (3793 GRT) north of Rabaul in position 01°35'S, 150°57'E.

31 Jan 1943
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Bruton) ended her 4th war patrol at Brisbane, Australia.

21 Feb 1943
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Grant) departed Brisbane for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Solomon Islands/Bismarck Archipelago area.

2 Mar 1943
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Grant) landed a party of intelligence agents on the coast of New Britain.

26 Apr 1943
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Grant) ended her 5th war patrol at Brisbane.

17 May 1943
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Grant) departed Brisbane for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol Solomon Islands/New Guinea area.

9 Jun 1943
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Grant) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese oiler Akebono Maru (10182 GRT) north of Manus in position 02°17'N, 145°38'E.

8 Jul 1943
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Grant) ended her 6th war patrol at Brisbane.

29 Jul 1943
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Grant) departed Brisbane for her 7th war patrol.

22 Aug 1943
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Grant) landed a party of Marine Raiders in the Treasury Islands.

10 Sep 1943
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Grant) reconnoitred Tarawa. After this mission she continued on to the Hunters Point Navy Yard at San Francisco via Pearl Harbor for a refit.

20 Dec 1943
With her refit completed USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Grant) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Caroline Islands area.

31 Dec 1943
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Grant) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport ship Shoho Maru (1936 GRT) in the eastern Carolines in position 05°40'N, 160°20'E.

29 Jan 1944
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Grant) ended her 8th war patrol at Midway

20 Mar 1944
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Grant) departed Midway for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to conduct a photographic reconnaissance of Guam, Tinian, and Saipan.

12 May 1944
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Grant) ended her 9th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

9 Jul 1944
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Gerwick) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 10th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Formosa together with USS Billfish and USS Sailfish.

8 Aug 1944
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Gerwick) sank a Japanese trawler with gunfire north-east of Luzon, Philippines in position 19°50'N, 119°58'E.

12 Sep 1944
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Gerwick) ended her 10th war patrol at Midway.

3 Oct 1944
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Gerwick) departed Midway for her 11th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Japanese home waters off Honshu.

7 Nov 1944
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Gerwick) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport ship Kiri Maru No.8 (945 GRT) and the Japanese tanker Kota Maru (971 GRT) south of Honshu in position 34°34'N, 138°35'E.

10 Nov 1944
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Gerwick) torpedoed and sank the Japanese Patrol Boat No.46 (former destroyer Fuji) southeast of Honshu in position 34°30'N, 138°34'E.

23 Nov 1944
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Gerwick) ended her 11th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

26 Dec 1944
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Gerwick) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 12th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Nansei Shoto Islands.

25 Jan 1945
During an attack on a Japanese convoy USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Gerwick) is damaged by depth charges in position 29°27'N, 130°09'E and is forced to terminate her patrol.

27 Jan 1945
USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Gerwick) ended her 12th war patrol at Saipan. She is sent to the Mare Island Navy Yard for a major overhaul.

Media links


U. S. Submarines in World War II

Kimmett, Larry and Regis, Margaret


U.S. Submarines Through 1945

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