USS Wahoo


USS Wahoo (SS-238) was a Gato-class submarine that was last heard from on 13 September 1943 in the La Peruse Strait. Later reports indicated that Wahoo was sunk by Japanese antisubmarine aircraft. Through The Wahoo Project Group, an international team of experts coordinated by Bryan MacKinnon, a relative of CDR Dudley W “Mush” Morton, a Russian team of divers found USS Wahoo on 28 July 2006, in the La Perouse Strait. The Russian teamed called “Iskra” was led by Vladimir Kartashev. Mr. Kartashev was searching at the location provided by the Wahoo Project and the Wahoo was found at a depth of 213 feet. CDR Morton was the commanding officer of USS Wahoo when she was lost along with 79 other men. 

The U.S. Navy has confirmed the identity of the vessel as USS Wahoo. USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park hosted a memorial ceremony for the officers and men of USS Wahoo on 11 October 2007. Over two hundred family members and friends of the Wahoo crew attended the event.