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Fenno’s Freighter Fiasco

The USS Runner (SS-275) received a positive endorsement from Comsubpac following her first patrol. He said the patrol was carried out in an aggressive and competent manner. He gave high marks to her captain, Lieutenant Commander Frank W. Fenno, her officers, and her crew. He credited her with sinking three freighters for a total of 19,815 tons and for damaging two others worth 14,189 tons. But would these tonnage awards withstand the rigors of postwar analysis?

USS Runner First War Patrol

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