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USS Golet Challenge Coin

SS-361 Coin
SS-361 Coin
Item# coin-ss-361
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Product Description

June 14, 1944 - 76 Men Lost

A beautiful 1.75 inch brass coin honoring the men of World War II who gave their lives fighting for our country...

The front of the coin honors the USS Golet SS-367. The back has the following quote:

"To the 374 officers and 3131 men of the Submarine Force who gave their lives in the winning of this war, I can assure you that they went down fighting and that their brothers who survived them took a grim toll of our savage enemy to avenge their deaths."

-Vice Admiral C.A. Lockwood, Jr. Commander Submarine Force, 1943 - 1946

About the USS Golet... En route to her second patrol, GOLET (Lt. Cmdr. J.S. Clark) left Midway on May 28, 1944, for the entire area off the northeast coast of Honshu. No word was ever heard from her after she departed Midway.

GOLET was scheduled to depart her area on July 5, 1944, and was expected at Midway about July 12th or 13th. On July 9, 1944, she was sent a message which required an acknowledgement, but none came. On July 11th, a sharp lookout was posted at Midway for a submarine coming in without being able to transmit. By July 26, 1944, the ship had not returned, and it was reported as presumed lost. In the reports covering Japanese antisubmarine attacks, made since war’s end, one is recorded as having been on June 14, 1944. This attack is considered to explain GOLET’s loss, since the enemy, in his report, states, “On the spot of fighting we later discovered corks, raft, etc., and heavy oil pool of 50 by 5,200 meters.” GOLET was credited with no sinkings or damage to enemy ships on her first patrol, conducted in the Kuriles and the area south of Hokkaido and east of Honshu.

Would make an excellent addition to your collection or for your favorite sailor! Collect the entire series!

OPTIONAL: Our Air-Tite acrylic cases provide the ultimate long-term protection for your coin. They are made of crystal clear, hard Acrylic and will never yellow over time; the foam rings are made of Volara and both are free of PVC that could damage your coin.