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Feb 03, 1942 - Feb 04, 1942

Anticipating an imminent attack on the Philippine Islands by the Imperial Japanese Navy, USS TROUT (SS-202) rendezvoused with a torpedo boat in Manila Bay and moored at South Dock. TROUT supplied over 3,500 rounds of ammunition to the marine defenders and loaded fuel and two torpedoes. Requiring ballast and with the intent of evacuating the wealth of the Philippine government, TROUT also loaded over 20 tons of gold bars, silver pesos and State Department dispatches. With sunset fast approaching, TROUT submerged to the bottom of Manila Bay. After nightfall TROUT loaded more mail and was escorted through the defensive minefields to sea.

Theater:  Pacific Theater

ItemType:  Equipment

Source:  Submarine Force Museum and USS Nautilus

Date Added: 2011-02-03

Tags: Gold, Submarine, Philippines, Corregidor

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