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1944 - USS Cusk Year by Year History

Crewmembers, Pictures and Memorabilia

The keel is laid as the Cusk is born

The keel of the Cusk was laid by the Electric Boat Company in Groton, Connecticut on May 25, 1944.  Later that same year, the keel was moved to another dry dock and "re-laid" in the same shipyard.  The Cusk was constructed with many of the new Tench Class boat upgrades such as the new high tensile steel hull, relocating her #1 and #7 Main Ballast Tanks and several other improvements in propulsion and other equipment.  Captain Paul Summers, CDR was the Cusk's first commanding officer.

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Memorabilia from 1944:

Drawing of the Cusk fish by Y. E. Soderberg
Photo courtesy of US Navy Submarine Museum

Commemorative "Cover" for the laying

of the Cusk's keel
Electric Boat Co., May 25, 1944

Photo courtesy of Tom Roseland

Second laying of the Cusk's keel
Electric Boat Co., December 2 1944

Photo courtesy of Tom Roseland

Birth of the Cusk - laying of the her keel in the Number 1 Ways
Electric Boat Company Shipyard, 25 May 1944

Photo courtesy of US Navy Submarine Museum


Crewmembers who served aboard the Cusk in 1944:

Name City State Rank/Rate Years on Board Eternal Patrol Date Comments
Speed, L L        44 - 45    
Clairmont, Ray G Grand Rapids MI   45 December 2002  
Grove, Carl Gene North Point FL EM2(SS) 45 - 46    
Herron, Jack L Seal Beach CA MoMM3(SS) 45    
Kirk, Clyde Tomball TX F1/ST (MOMM) 45 - 46    
Norrington, William Los Alamitos CA LCDR 45 - 47   1st  Executive Officer
Ullman, Robert W Chula Vista CA EM1(SS) 45 - 50    

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This page was last updated: 11/17/16