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CountryUnited States
Ship ClassGato-class Submarine
Hull NumberSS-266
BuilderManitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, WI
Laid Down15 Sep 1941
Launched23 Jun 1942
Commissioned12 Feb 1943
Decommissioned20 Jul 1946
Displacement1,526 tons standard; 2,424 tons submerged
Length312 feet
Beam27 feet
Draft15 feet
MachineryFour Fairbanks Morse diesel engines, four General Electric main motors, two screws
Bunkerage94,400 gallons, two 126-cell main storage batteries
Power Output5,400 shaft horsepower
Speed20 knots
Range11,000 nm at 10 knots
Submerged Speed8.75 knots


ww2dbaseSponsored by Mrs. Julius Furer, the submarine Pogy (SS-266) was launched in 1942. The boat was named after a trout found in Lake Tahoe, California, United States. She arrived at Pearl Harbor on 5 Apr 1943, and set out for her first patrol ten days later, venturing deep into Japanese waters near the Japanese Home Islands. She was credited with several hits, including three torpedo hits on a destroyer, and a number of kills on this first patrol before she retired to Midway. She was instrumental in the campaign to disrupt Japanese shipping, sinking 62,633 tons during the war.

ww2dbaseAt the end of the war, she was decommissioned in 1946. She was subsequently sold for scrap on 1 May 1959.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia.

Last Major Revision: Nov 2005

Submarine Pogy (SS-266) Interactive Map

Pogy Operational Timeline

12 Feb 1943 Pogy was commissioned into service.
27 Jul 1945 US submarine USS Pogy (SS-266; Lieutenant Commander J. M. Bowers) sank the 2,449-ton Japanese merchant cargo ship Chikuzen Maru about 90 miles north of Tottori, Tottori Prefecture, Japan. Four torpedoes were expended; two hit.
20 Jul 1946 Pogy was decommissioned from service.


PogyPogy underway, location unkonwn, circa 1943-1945Pogy underway off Hunters Point near San Francisco, California, United States, circa Jun 1944Submarine tender USS Griffin with unidentified submarines (possibly USS Carp, USS Kingfish, USS Paddle, USS Hoe, USS Pogy, or USS Jack), Midway Atoll, 26 Aug-1 Sep 1945.

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1. Paul Dixon says:
26 Aug 2011 05:16:14 AM

father served on USS 266 Pogy patrols 2 through 6 under Whales and Metcalf looking for any info and pics while @ Pearl.
2. Relative says:
7 Dec 2011 06:37:09 PM

RADM George H. Wales, USN (1908-1997)commissioned and commanded USS POGY from Aug. 1942-Nov. 1943. Awarded Silver Star Medal, a Gold Star in lieu of the Second Silver Star Medal, and a letter of commendation with Ribbon and Combat "V" for his combat actions againsst the enemy while in command.
3. Anonymous says:
12 Feb 2014 08:08:01 PM

Looking for information about
BURTON, John Kinsel 875 41 13, TM3c, SV V6
USS Pogy.
4. Relative says:
14 Feb 2014 05:56:02 PM

According to the information I have: My father served on the USS POGY from its launching to the time it was taken out of service. His name was Hollis Ray Larsen. In the website you can see he did the sketch first used for the USS POGY patch. I am looking for any information on him. I am an only child, he and my mother were divorced and she died when I was 5. Any information would be helpful. I have grandchildren who need to know about their heritage as much as I do.
5. Relative says:
4 May 2014 11:41:22 AM

Responding to relative - I am the daughter of Hollis Ray Larsen. If you are interested, contact me at my email safydom@aol.com
6. Anonymous says:
28 Jul 2014 02:13:36 PM

I believe my uncle Ray Cavanaugh served on the Pogy in WW2.
7. Kathleen Fordice Glasscock says:
9 Jan 2015 10:05:00 AM

I am curious. My dad, Ralph Fordice, served aboard the USS Pogey and had a certificate inducting him into the Order of the Mighty Mine Dodgers. However, all the official information I have been able to find out about this Order lists only 9 submarines as having taken part and the Pogey is not among them. Can anyone tell me more about this, please? Thank you so very much. Kathleen Fordice Glasscock
8. Terry O'Connell says:
4 Mar 2016 03:46:38 PM

information re Robert Fleet uss Pogy (pogie) ww11 ss266
on his veteran jacket as well as american flag allso has Australian flag
would like to know reason
9. Stefani J says:
11 Apr 2016 05:29:14 PM

I am looking for some info on my husband's grandfather. His name was Earl R. Peterson and I was told he was a Quartermaster on the USS Pogy. Is there any where else I can find more info? I have a whole pile of photos he took but of course he is not in any of them. Would also like to try to compare some crew photos to what I have to see if i can identist any of them. If you have any suggestions, please email me at stefanigi77 at gmail.com Thanks!

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