From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Hugh Rimmer '37

Date of birth: July 30, 1914

Date of death: November 7, 1944

Age: 30

Lucky Bag

From the 1937 Lucky Bag:


1937 Rimmer 1.jpg

Hugh was lost when USS Albacore (SS 218) was sunk by a mine on November 7, 1944 while on patrol north of Hokkaido. He was the boat's Commanding Officer, having taken command in early October 1944.

His wife was listed as next of kin.


From Fleet Organization:

  • Duty USS California (BB-44) 1 Jul 1939 - 1 Jul 1940
  • Under Instruction Submarine School New London 1 Nov 1940
  • Executive Officer USS Rock (SS-2764) 26 Oct 1943 - 31 Mar 1944
  • Executive Officer USS Tautog (SS-199) 30 Apr 1944 - 31 Jul 1944
  • Captain USS Albacore (SS-218) 3 Oct 1944 - Nov 1944
  • Ensign 3 Jun 1937
  • Lieutenant (j.g.) 3 Jun 1940
  • Lieutenant (T) 2 Jan 1942
  • Lieutenant Commander (T) 1 Jul 1943

Silver Star

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant Commander Hugh Raynor Rimmer (NSN: 0-78609), United States Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity in action in the performance of his duties as Assistant Approach Officer in the U.S.S. TAUTOG (SS-199), during the ELEVENTH War Patrol of that Submarine from 17 April 1944 to 21 May 1944. His ability to furnish his Commanding Officer with a continued flow of valuable information contributed directly to his vessel's success in sinking four enemy ships totaling 20,500 tons. On numerous occasions during severe enemy counter-measures his timely suggestions and inspiring performance contributed to the safety of his ship and her return to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to the officers and men in his ship, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 05480 (October 9, 1944)
Action Date: April 17 - May 21, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Assistant Approach Officer
Division: U.S.S. Tautog (SS-199)


Sometime before February 1943, Hugh was commended (as a Lieutenant) for "directing the escape of men from a compartment affected by a serious battery fire."

Class of 1937

Hugh is one of 45 members of the Class of 1937 on Virtual Memorial Hall.