November 1, 1944 – USS Ray attacked a five-ship Japanese convoy, sinking cargo ship Horai Maru No. 7 and damaging a small tanker; all 3 torpedoes fired in this attack found their targets. USS Ray (SS/SSR-271), a Gato-class submarine, was the first ship of the United States Navy to be named for the ray, a fish characterized by a flat body, large pectoral fins, and a whiplike tail. On the afternoon of 1 November, Ray closed a five-ship convoy, sinking the cargo ship Horai Maru No. 7, and damaging a small tanker. Escaping the escorts, she landed men and supplies on the west coast of Mindoro, Philippines, picking up two downed Navy fliers, two Army POW’s escaped from Corregidor, and an escaped Filipino political prisoner.