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tambor198
03-05-2007, 03:36 PM
There are many names that are the stuff of legend in the "Silent Service" during WW II in the Pacific. The names of "Mush" Morton, Richard O'Kane, Samuel Dealy, Eugene Fluckey and many other are talked about whenever submariners get together and talk about the old days. There is one commander who may not have got as much recognition as the other names, but his exploits are almost as famous as those of Morton, O'Kane or Dealy. His name was LCDR Frederick B Warder. He commanded the USS Seawolf (SS-197) at the outbreak of the war and was stationed at Manila in the Philippines when war with Japan started. You can find a brief synopsis of his career here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Seawolf_(SS-197)).

Here is a brief description of one of the USS Seawolf's exploits under the command of "Fearless Freddie". These excerpts are from Clay Blair's "Silent Victory".


"The last boat to leave the Java area was Freddy Warder's Seawolf. Warder had been patrolling south of the barrier when Billy New in the Pike. He was low on food, fuel, and torpedoes. The crew had been reduced to smoking coffee grounds rolled up in toilet paper.

While standing of the south exit of Sunda Straits, near the western tip of Java. Warder received word from Wilkes to go due south 200 miles to a tiny dot in the Indian Ocean known as Christmas Island. The Japanese had invaded Christmas; there might be some worthwhile targets there.

On the morning of March 31st, Warder nosed into Flying Fish Cove submerged (unlike most landing areas utilized by the Japanese, the water in Flying Fish Cove was deep) to find a submariner's dream; four light cruisers in line. He choose the flagship (ided by a pennant) and fired four torpedoes from a range of 1,000 yds. With DDs alerted and pinging, Warder calmly watched his torpedoes explode against the target. Then he went deep to evade, while the DDs rocked the Seawolf with well-placed depth-charges. That night he with drew to sea to recharge batteries.

The following morning, with the entire Japanese Force alerted to his presence at this tiny island, Warder boldly nosed the Seawolf in submerged for another attack. He was astonished to find a cruiser almost identical to the one he believed he had sunk the day before displaying the same flagship pennant from the main truck. From a range of 1,700 yds Warder fired a spread of three torpedoes, then went deep to evade the DDs. The sonarman heard the torpedoes strike, followed by "convincing" breaking-up noises. Warder withdrew to deep water.

Later that afternoon, a Japanese force came boiling out of Flying Fish Cove. Warder, who had anticipated this move, was in a perfect firing position. He picked another cruiser, flying the flag of a rear admiral and fired his last two torpedoes from a range of 1,100 yds. Sonar reported a perfect hit. Warder had no time to check through the periscope; the DDs were on him in minutes. For the next nine hours, they raked the Seawolf mercilessly. When Warder finally eased the Seawolf to the surface, an hour passed midnight on April 2nd, his crew was "near the end of their rope" both mentally and physically. Warder set a course due east for Australia.

After this patrol, terminating at Fremantle, Warder's crew dubbed him "Fearless Freddie". At the time, Warder was credited with sinking three ships for 14,000 tons, including one cruiser and damaging 5 ships for 30,000 tons. However, postwar records did not bear out the sinkings. Warder had only damaged the cruiser Naka at Christmas Island; she made her way back to port and after a year of repairs was returned to the active list."


Since I was in high school, the submarine war in the Pacific and always been of great interest to me. I've read most anything and anything that had to do with the war in the Pacific against the Japanese. I always had a deep respect for the exploits of Frederick Warder. He didn't get the credit or as much recognition as others but it wasn't for lack of trying. I even use his name an my monicker in the Pacific Thunder Campaign when I'm on patrol. I hope you don't mind me sharing one of my passions with you. Have a great week, everone. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif



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klcarroll
03-05-2007, 04:26 PM
The crew had been reduced to smoking coffee grounds rolled up in toilet paper.

Yup!!! ......I can identify with that!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/sadeyes.gif

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K_Freddie
03-06-2007, 06:27 AM
Originally posted by klcarroll:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">The crew had been reduced to smoking coffee grounds rolled up in toilet paper.

Yup!!! ......I can identify with that!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/sadeyes.gif

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Are you sure they were coffee grounds... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
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tambor198
03-06-2007, 10:45 PM
Originally posted by K_Freddie:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by klcarroll:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">The crew had been reduced to smoking coffee grounds rolled up in toilet paper.

Yup!!! ......I can identify with that!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/sadeyes.gif

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Are you sure they were coffee grounds... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
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Yup!! Direct quote, right out of Clay Blair's "Silent Victory". http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif



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