Thursday, November 19, 2009

New Photographs Added to the Website

"Gene" J. Haley, Sr., served aboard USS Razorback from 1945 until 1948. He generously donated a personal collection of photographs to the museum. Many of these photographs have been on display in the museum or have been used in our videos, but we recently realized that the entire collection had never been put on the AIMM website.

There are over 40 photographs in the collection.

The entire collection can been seen at:

The entire photograph section has been re-organized, and many new photographs have been added.

Due to space limitations, only medium-quality images have been uploaded to the website. However, in most cases, a high-quality image is available upon request.

Monday, November 16, 2009

In Memoriam - USS Corvina (SS-226) - Sunk 16 November 1943

USS Corvina (SS-226) was lost on her very first war patrol.

She had been commissioned 06 August, 1943. After her initial shakedown, she transited the Panama Canal and crossed the Pacific to the submarine base at Pearl Harbor, HI. Corvina left Pearl Harbor on 04 November. Her mission was to patrol the Japanese stronghold of Truk, the empire's main base in the South Pacific.

A large part of the Japanese surface fleet was stationed at Truk and Corvina's mission was to intercept any Japanese warships that might leave the base in response to the American attack on the Gilbert Islands.

Corvina was never heard from again.

After the war, an examination of Japanese records revealed that on 16 November, 1943, the Japanese submarine I-176 spotted an American submarine on the surface and fired three torpedoes. Two of the torpedoes hit, causing "a great explosion sound."

I-176 would later be sunk by American forces in May 1944.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

In Memoriam - USS Albacore (SS-281) Sunk 07 November 1944

During her 11th war patrol, USS Albacore (SS-281) struck a Japanese mine while submerged and sank with the loss of all aboard.

The explosion was witnessed by a Japanese patrol craft which reported seeing a great amount of air bubles and heavy oil on the surface, as well as finding cork, bedding and various provisions afterward.

During her first 10 war patrols, Albacore rang up an impressive score:
  • Aircraft Carrier Taiho
  • Light Cruiser Tenryu
  • Destroyer Oshio
  • Destroyer Sazanami
  • An escort vessel
  • A large patrol boat
  • Six Freighters
  • Two Tankers
  • Two Transports
She was also awarded the Presidential Unit Citation four times.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

New Navy History in the AIMM Archives

A recruiting brochure from World War II has been donated to the museum.

"What Kind of Job Can I Get in the Navy?" is from 1942, just a few months after the United States entered the war. In addition to describing general Navy pay and benefits, this brochure describes 49 different specific career fields, describing pay and duties for each rating as well as related civilian jobs and general knowledge that would help an enlistee qualify for that rating.

Many of these ratings no longer exist at all, and many others only exist in greatly changed form, so this booklet provides a look back into our past.

Digital copies of this booklet are available upon request.