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USS Pampanito WWII Submarine (SS-383)

USS Pampanito, Berthed in San Francisco, California at Pier 45.

Visited 8-25-11

Text is from museum signs: "The Submarine Service of the US Navy suffered the highest percentage of losses of any branch of the military during WW II. Fifty-two of 288 submarines were lost, almost one out of five.

"Of the 16,000 men who made war patrols, 3,505 men died, a casualty rate of almost 22 percent. Six submariners lost their lives in the line of duty for every one life lost in regular Naval Service, exclusive of aviation. Submariners paid a high price, and it should be remembered that they were all volunteers.

"The Submarine Service represented only two percent of the US Naval personnel, but accounted for the sinking of fifty-five percent of the Japanese ships sunk during the war.

"Pampanito is a proud survivor of WW II and stands as a memorial to the 3,131 enlisted men and 374 officers who are still on patrol."