From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


A bullhead is any large-headed fish, especially the catfish, miller's thumb, and sculpin.

(SS 332: 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)

Bullhead (SS-332) was launched 16 July 1944 by Electric Bout Co., Groton, Conn.; sponsored by Mrs. Howard P. Doyle; and commissioned 4 December 1944, Commander W. T. Griffith in command.

The war operations of Bullhead extended from 21 March to August 1945 during which time she completed two war patrols. Her area of operations included the Java and South China Seas and the Gulf of Siam.

During the greater portion of her first war patrol Bullhead performed lifeguard services and on two occasions bombarded Pratas Island, China, damaging enemy radio installations. On her second patrol she sunk four small enemy vessels totaling 1800 tons by gunfire and damaged three others.

On the last day of July 1945 Bullhead left Fremantle to commence her third war patrol. Her orders were to patrol in the Java Sea until 5 September and then head for Subic Bay in the Philippines. Her report on 6 August that she had passed through Lombak Strait was the last word received from Bullhead. Other U. S. and British submarines operating in the vicinity were unable to contact her and it was presumed that she was sunk during Japanese antisubmarine attacks made in that area between the 6th and 15th of August.

Bullhead received two battle stars for her World War II service.