World Battlefronts: End of the Argonaut

Lost: the U.S. Navy's largest submarine, the 14-year-old Argonaut. A giant mine layer, 381 feet long, displacing 2,710 tons, she carried two 6-in. guns, a complement of 102 officers & men. She was the sixth undersea craft which the Navy has admitted losing since the war began.

An Army patrol pilot operating out of New Guinea saw a torpedo from the Argonaut hit a Jap destroyer with a Rabaul-bound convoy. Other destroyers dropped depth charges. Argonaut porpoised, broke the surface at a sharp angle, was shelled in that helpless position till she sank.

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