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USS Barbero SSG 317
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"To perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country; That their dedication, deeds and supreme sacrifice be a source of motivation towards greater accomplishments, pledge loyalty and patriotism to the United States Government."


dp. 1526 tons (surf.), 2391 tons (subm.); l. 311'8"; b. 27';
s. 20.25k (surf.), 8.75k (subm.); td. 400'; a. 1-5"/25; 6-21" tt. fwd, 4-21" tt. aft.;
cpl. 6 officers - 60 enlisted men; cl. BALAO

Keel laid by the Electric Boat Company, Groton, CT 25MAR43;
Launched: 12DEC43; Sponsored by Mrs. Lawrence Keating;
Commissioned: 29ARP44 with LCdr Irvin S. Hartman in command;
Decommissioned: 30JUN55;
Recommissioned: 28OCT55;
Decommissioned: 30JUN64;
Struck from the Navy List 1JUL64;
Sunk as target for USS GREENFISH (SS-351) off Pearl Harbor 7OCT64.

USS BARBERO's (SS-317) war operations span the period from 9 August 1944 until 2 January 1945, during which time she completed two war patrols. She is officially credited with sinking three Japanese merchant ships totaling 9126 tons while patrolling in the Java and South China Seas.

On 27 December 1944, enroute to Fremantle, Australia, BARBERO, while at periscope depth, received an aerial bomb close aboard aft. This near miss damaged the port reduction gear and put BARBERO out of action for the remainder of the war.

In September 1945 she was ordered to Mare Island Navy Yard where she underwent pre-inactivation overhaul and was placed in commission in reserve 25 April 1946.

Following conversion to a cargo submarine (reclassified SSA-317, 31 March 1948) at Mare Island, BARBERO was recommissioned and assigned to the Pacific Fleet. Between October 1948 and March 1950 she took part in an experimental program to evaluate her capabilities as a cargo carrier. Experimentation was discontinued in early 1950 and she went out of commission in reserve 30 June 1955.

On 1 February 1955 BARBERO entered Mare Island Naval Shipyard for her second conversion. Her designation was changed to SSG-317 (Guided Missile Submarine) 28 October 1955. She operated off the coast of California until April 1956 when she transited the Panama Canal and joined the Atlantic Fleet returning to the Pacific until decomissioning 30 June 1964. She was struck 1 July 1964 prior to being used as a target and sunk by USS GREENFISH (SS-351) 7 October 1964 off Pearl Harbor.

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

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