From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


Besugo is a fish of the porgie family.

(SS-321: dp. 1526; l. 311'9"; b. 27'3"; dr. 16'10"; s. 20.3 k.; cpl. 66, a. 1 5", 10 21" TT.; cl. Balao)

Besugo (SS-321) was launched 27 February 1944 by Electric Boat Co., Groton, Conn.; sponsored by Mrs. P. J. Homer; and commissioned 19 June 1944, Commander T. L. Wogan in command.

Assigned to the Pacific Fleet, Besugo arrived at Pearl Harbor 25 July 1944. She made five war patrols between 26 September 1944 and 25 July 1945 operating in Bungo and Makassar Straits, Java Sea, and South China Sea. During these patrols Besugo sank the German submarine U-183, 23 April 1945 in 0457' S., 11252' E.; one 10,020-ton tanker; one LSV, one frigate, and a minesweeper totaling 2260 tons.

Besugo departed Fremantle 29 August and arrived at San Diego, Calif., 26 September 1945. After an overhaul she returned to the Central Pacific, operating out of Guam until transferred to Pearl Harbor 6 May 1946. She remained based at Pearl Harbor for the next eight years during which time she made two Far Eastern tours (10 June-21 September 1947 and 31 October 1950-11 April 1951). In August 1954 Besugo shifted her base of operations to San Diego and since that time has operated along the west coast.

Besugo received four battle stars for her World War II service and one for Korea.