December 10 – The Loss of the First Sealion

USS Sea Lion

USS Sea Lion

THE USS SEA LION – DAMAGED BY THE JAPANESE. LT. CROTTY,USCG, LED THE TEAM TO STRIP HER AND LAY CHARGES FOR HER FINAL DESTRUCTION.

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The attack at Pearl Harbor was barely finished when the predicted attacks in the Philippines began. In order for the Japanese empire to complete their planned establishment of a Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere, the Philippines would have to be “liberated” from the American’s influence. A casual study of that part of the world shows that the oil and food that would be needed to satisfy the growing Japanese empire could easily be obtained form the vast resources in the southern Pacific. The small Japanese islands were hardly capable of supplying the basic needs of her own people at home no less the far flung forces of its marauding armies. Like a giant hungry tiger, she was consuming as much as her army and navy could take in a furious march across the hemisphere.

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The Philippines were the key to her ability to anchor her gains. These beautiful islands lay across…

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Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on January 24, 2015, in WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Excellent look back into that piece of history on the Sealion.
    Was interesting to note that American submarines operated around the Phillipines long before the outbreak of the war.
    Thanks for sharing, a great read.
    Ian

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  2. Good point. Navalese can be a tricky minefield …

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  3. Excellent details in that post. I am in Canada and was not familiar with the USS Sealion.

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    • I’ve followed Lean Submariner for just that reason, Mister Mac is an excellent researcher and certainly knows his submarines! A very informative site, thank you for approving my choice of reblogs!

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  4. Thank you Krukusse sin ja auch schön.Ein schöner Beitrag lieber Gruß Gislinde

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  5. I notice that you refer to the submarines a “ships” I’ve always understood them to be boats not ships, but that maybe because I’m not American and erhaps you class them as ships. t. All he BritishNavies class them as boats as do the Germans think U-boats.

    The RN’s used a simple explanation to class a ship and a boat which goes something like this ‘ A ship carries a boat! A boat doesn’t carry a ship”

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