From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


Boarfish is a fish having a projecting hog-like snout.

(SS-327: dp. 1524; l. 311'9"; b. 27'3"; dr. 16'10"; s. 20.3 k.; cpl. 66, a. 1 5", 10 21" TT., cl.Balao)

Boarfish (SS-327) was launched 21 May 1944 by Electric Boat Co., Groton, Conn.; sponsored by Miss Barbara Walsh, daughter of Senator Walsh of New Jersey, and commissioned 23 September 1944, Commander R. L. Gross in command.

Boarfish arrived at Pearl Harbor 2 December 1944. Between 24 December 1944 and 10 August 1945 she made four war patrols in the South China Sea, Java Sea, and Gulf of Siam. She is credited with sinking one freighter of 6968 tons and combining with units of the 14th Air Force to sink another of 6890 tons.

She operated out of Guam (31 August-17 November 1945) on training exercises and then returned to San Diego, arriving early in February 1946, She remained on the west coast until 1 October 1946 when she began a cruise to Midway Island; Marcus Island; Okinawa; Tsingtao, China; and Guam which lasted until November. Except for a voyage to Pearl Harbor in February 1947 and one to Alaska and Canada during July-November 1947, Boarfish remained in the San Diego area until 15 November 1947. She then went to Mare Island Naval Shipyard for overhaul preparatory to transfer to Turkey. She departed Mare Island 21 February 1948 and sailed, via the Panama Canal and New London, Conn., to Izmir, Turkey where she was turned over to the Turkish Navy 23 May 1948.

Boarfish received one battle star for her service in World War II.