Historical U.S. Navy Vessels
USS Grunion (SS-216)Commanded by Lt. Cmdr. Mannert L. Abele, the USS Grunion arrived at Pearl Harbor on June 20, 1942 from the West Coast, leaving for patrol on June 30 for the Aleutian Theater. The Grunion had sunk two Japanese submarines and heavily damaged a third in July 1942 near Kiska, one of two Aleutian Islands occupied by the Japanese. Following several messages indicating it was engaged in combat, the USS Grunion was last heard from on July 31, 1942. Since that time the Navy has listed the vessel as "Missing in Action, Cause Unknown."
In August 2006 Yutaka Iwasaki, a Japanese interpreter and naval historian, provided information on the probable location of the Grunion. The sons of Mannert L. Abele, the submarine's commander, financed an expedition to the site where the sub was believed to have disappeared.
Articles, Sources, and Links
Search for the USS Grunion - The website of the Grunion search team, run by the soms of commander Abele
USS Grunion - Official U.S. Navy Commander Submarine Force, U.S. pacific Fleet page on the USS Grunion."
"Shadowy Object May Be Lost Submarine, " Jeannette J. Lee, The Associated Press, Thursday, October 5, 2006; 4:36 AM, The Washington Post. - Article on the 2006 initial discovery of the Grunion
"'Sub ladies' uncover tale of lost crew," . - Article on the families of the crew andthe discovery of the submarine