USS Pickeral (SS-534)


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Entry: 83221
Subject: WESTPAC CRUISE BOOK -

Steven McInnis wrote on June 1, 2012

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City and State: NORTH CHICAGO IL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: TORPEDOEMAN LOUIS C. MCINNIS, JR WAS MY FATHER. HE
PASSED AWAY A FEW YEARS AGO. HE WAS ON BOARD THE USS
PICKERAL SS-524 WHEN SHE MADE HER FAMOUS 70 DEGREE
SURFACE OFF OF OAHU. I HAVE A CRUISE BOOK FOR A
WESTPAC THAT WAS DONE IN EARLY 1950'S THAT I WOULD
LIKE TO DONATE TO EITHER A PICKERAL MUSEUM OR MEMBER
ASSOCIATION.
I AM RETIRED NAVY, HAVING SERVED ON THE USS SKATE
(SSN578) AND THE USS INDIANAPOLIS (SSN697)

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Entry: 81945
Subject: USS PICKERAL SS-524 IN THE KOREAN WAR

Thomas E. (T.E.) Moore wrote on February 1, 2012


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Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: In March and April 1950, the USS Pickeral SS-524(the
correct number;NOT #534)made a record 5,200 mile
submerged trans-Pacific voyage, from Hong Kong to
Pearl Harbor in 21 days. The U.S.Navy began
submarine operations in the Korean War as early as
July 1950, with the deployment of the USS Catfish SS-
339, the USS Remora SS-487, and the USS Pickeral SS-
524, on reconnaissance patrols. LCDR.Paul R.Schratz,
commanding the USS Pickeral SS-524, led the Tench-
class diesel sub into the Sea of Japan, during 14-22
Aug.1950, to conduct a photo-reconnaissance survey of
Wonsan,North Korea, a site already under consideration
by General MacArthur, as a future amphibious
objective. LCDR.Schratz accomplished his surreptitous
mission blithely ignorant that the Russians and North
Koreans were laying the most extensive mine-field of
the war in the proximity of his submarine. Only later
did I learn the area was heavily mined, LCDR.Schratz
admitted. Few Pacific U.S.Navy Fleet submarines,
including the USS Pickeral SS-524, at the time had
mine-detecting QLA sonar installed, and none had
mine-clearing cables. USS Pickeral SS-524; Korean
War Skippers; LCDR.Paul Richard Schratz-1949-51-CDR.
Henry Becker-1951-54. The USS Pickeral SS-524, was
loaned to Italy on 18,Aug.1972, and re-named Primo
Longobardo S-501. Decomm. 31,Jan.1980, sold for scrap,
31,May1981, in Genoa,Italy.

Keywords: THE SHIP WAS NOT SS-534,IT WAS SS-524-
SKIPPER-LCDR.PAUL RICHARD SCHRATZ-SUBMERGED
RECORD-14-22AUG.1950 SURVEY OF WONSAN,NORTH KOREA-



Entry: 69564
Subject: SHIPMATE

Andrew Thompson wrote on March 19, 2009

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City and State: TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: andrew from Wva

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Entry: 61420
Subject: LOOKING FOR FATHER'S SUB

Maureen Tobin wrote on June 26, 2007

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Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I am trying to learn what submarine(s) my late father served on. His name was Bernard ("Bun") Tobin, He was in the Navy 1950-54, transferring from the Battleship Wisconsin in 1952 or 1953. At one point he was based in New London, CT. He was involved in navigation in some way. He died of natural causes in 1978, just after his 46th birthday. His wife, Joan, died several years later. Did he serve on the Pickeral?

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