History of the USS DRUM (SS 228)


The GATO Class submarine USS DRUM (SS 228) was built at the Portsmouth, New Hampshire Navy Yard and commissioned on 1 November 1941. After training and equipment checks, she arrived at Pearl Harbor on 1 April 1942 to begin a series of 13 war patrols.

USS Drum War Patrols

Underway 14 April 1942

  • DRUM sank Japanese seaplane tender MIZUHO & 3 cargo ships

Underway 10 July 1942

  • DRUM damaged one Japanese freighter

Underway 23 September 1942

  • DRUM sank 3 Japanese freighters & damaged 2 other cargo ships

Underway 29 November 1942

  • DRUM damaged the Japanese aircraft carrier RYUHO and a tanker

Underway 24 March 1943

  • DRUM made a photo reconnaissance of the island of Nauru and sank two freighters

Underway 7 June 1943

  • DRUM sank one Japanese cargo-passenger ship

Underway 16 August 1943

  • DRUM sank one Japanese cargo ship

Underway 2 November 1943

  • DRUM sank one Japanese cargo ship and received heavy damage under depth charge attack from enemy escort ships

Underway 9 April 1944

  • DRUM made a photo reconnaissance of the island of Chichi Jima

Underway 24 June 1944

  • DRUM sank one Japanese sampan

Underway 9 September 1944

  • DRUM sank three Japanese cargo ships

Underway 7 December 1944

  • DRUM could not detect any enemy shipping

Underway 11 February 1945

  • DRUM provided pilot rescue & reconnaissance for the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa

The USS DRUM sank 15 ships for cumulative displacement of 80,580 tons, ranking eighth among American submarines, earning 12 Battle Stars for her World War II service.

She was decommissioned 16 February 1946, but reactivated 18 March 1947 to serve as a training ship for naval reservists around Washington, DC, where she remained throughout most of the 1960's. She was opened for public display at USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park on 4 July 1969.