James Cole

/Erie, Pa / USN. (Ret.) 1941 – 1966 / Rank SCPO

Senior chief petty officer: Is the eighth of nine enlisted ranks in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard, just above chief petty officer and below master chief petty officer, and is a noncommissioned officer. They are addressed as "Senior Chief" in most circumstances, or sometimes, less formally, as "Senior".



  • USS Spadefish (SSN-411)
      • Of the top twenty-five U.S. subs in World War II, Spadefish was ranked as #5 in ships sunk (21) and was #6 in tonnage sunk (88,091), accomplished during only five war patrols over a one year period!

    • First war patrol, July – September 1944
      • Following shakedown training along the coast of California, Spadefish departed San Francisco on 14 June and arrived at Pearl Harbor on 22 June. On 23 July, she got underway from Pearl Harbor for her maiden war patrol, as a member of a coordinated attack group
      • On 19 August, while patrolling in Philippine water off the northwest coast of Luzon, Spadefish torpedoed and sank her first enemy target the 9,589-ton, passenger-cargo ship Tamatsu Maru. Three days later, she trailed three large tankers through Babuyan Channel along the northern Luzon coast; closed range; and fired two spreads of torpedoes, sinking the 10,023-ton tanker Hakko Maru No. 2, and damaging a second tanker that, protected by a destroyer, limped back to a shallow cove off Luzon
      • Spadefish (SS-411) received four battle stars for World War II service

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