CountryUnited States
Ship ClassSalmon-class Submarine
Hull NumberSS-185


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5 Apr 1942 Submarine USS Snapper delivered 20 tons of food to Corregidor, Philippine Islands and evacuated 27 personnel.


Submarine tender USS Holland with submarines Salmon, Seal, Stingray, Perch, Pollack, Cachalot, Cuttlefish, Skipjack, Snapper, and Sargo, San Diego Harbor, California, United States, 1940Submarines Salmon, Seal, Pickerel, Plunger, Snapper, and Permit, San Diego harbor, California, United States, 1940; note carrier Enterprise in backgroundUSS Sand Lance off Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States, 26 Feb 1945; note USS Snapper, USS Cero, or USS Raton in background

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1. John says:
18 May 2013 09:22:21 PM

My Father served aboard the Snapper from 1943 to 1945. have lots of photos of it.
2. Bob H says:
22 May 2013 07:53:37 PM

My "uncle", actually Dad's cousin, was William Warren Walker, XO when your dad was first on the boat and CO for the last two patrols. We all would love to see any photos you'd like to share. Uncle Warren always was quite quiet about his service and patrols. He never thought they did enough because their tonnage sunk wasn't that great and always felt guilty about being caught on the surface and bombed.
Bob Halvorson
3. LE BRETON says:
6 Dec 2014 07:24:13 AM

Pouvez vous, s'il vous plait, me mettre en relation avec un collectionneur d'enveloppes, ou une personne qui pourrait me procurer des documents sur le sous-marin.
Bien cordialement.
4. Bob L. Jr says:
31 Mar 2020 01:29:29 AM

John, My dad (Robert Lightner) also served on the USS Snapper from 1943 until decommissioned. When in new London my dad took me and my bro aboard with him on weekends as he was the yoeman and had work to do. The crew were just kids and we were treated like kings. We could go about the sub but always had one of the crew with us. We got to watch movies while eating a tub of peaches and ice cream. While in Norfolk they took out the family members on the sub around the harbor and actually ran just to the edge of decks awash. Plus my bro and I were the only kids to attend the ships party with the whole crew. I have pictures of that party along with the whole crew. We are sitting right up front. I was only 6 or 7 at the time but I do remember it.
Not many kids can say that they lived that experience. Plus my dad relayed several war time experiences. The sub had the hull blown 18 inches out of alignment by a depth charge attack. I always thanked the good lord that he came home safely after the war. He had several submariner friends who did not make it back home. Thanks.
Bob Lightner

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