December 20, This day during WWll

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December 20, 1943 – USS Puffer sank Japanese destroyer Fuyo west of the Philippine Islands, hitting her with 2 of 4 torpedoes fired. She also fired 5 torpedoes at the convoy Fuyo was escorting, claiming two hits and the sinking of a freighter. USS Puffer was commissioned into service in Apr 1943 and was transported from Wisconsin, United States to the Gulf of Mexico via a special floating drydock via the Mississippi River. She conducted training missions off Panama before heading to Australia to participate in the Pacific War. Of the nine war patrols she embarked on against Japanese shipping, the fourth patrol was the most successful, during which she sank one freighter and two tankers in the Dutch East Indies, earning her the Navy Unit Commendation. After the war, she was decommissioned in mid-1946. While out of commission, she was berthed at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in California, United…

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