From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


Bergall is a small fish of the New England coast.

(SS-320: dp. 1626; l. 311'9"; b. 27'3"; dr. 16'10"; s. 20.3 k.; cpl. 66; a. 1 5"; 10 21" TT.; cl. Balao)

Bergall (SS-320) was launched 16 February 1944 by Electric Boat Co., Groton, Conn.; sponsored by Mrs. J. A. Elkins; and commissioned 12 June 1944, Lieutenant Commander J. M. Hyde in command.

Assigned to the Pacific Fleet, Bergall arrived at Pearl Harbor 13 August 1944. Operating out of Fremantle Australia, the submarine made five war patrols between 8 September 1944 and 17 June 1945 in the South China Sea, Java Sea, Lombek Strait, and north of the Malay Barrier. During these patrols Bergall sank two merchantmen totaling 14,710 tons and one 740-ton frigate. While patrolling off the Malay coast, 13 June 1945, she was damaged aft by a mine explosion and forced to retire to Subic Bay, Luzon, for emergency repairs, arriving 17 June. Proceeding home for permanent repairs, she arrived at Portsmouth Navy Yard 4 August 1945.

Following repairs Bergall rejoined the Pacific Fleet in December 1945 She remained on active duty with the Pacific Fleet until departing Pearl Harbor for the Atlantic 10 June 1950. During this time she made one cruise to the Far East (4 December 1948-28 February 1949). Arriving at New London, Conn., 11 July 1950, she has since operated with the Atlantic Fleet making one Mediterranean cruise.

Bergall received four battle stars during World War II.