Shipmates Displaying the GREENLING Battle Flag
CDR H. C. Bruton (standing in center) and Shipmates Displaying the GREENLING Battle Flag

The next three war patrols were conducted out of Brisbane. During the fifth war patrol, she conducted operations in the Solomons-Bismarck area and landed a party of intelligence agents on the East Coast of New Britain. The seventh war patrol was a special mission that included the landing of a party of Marine Raiders in the Treasury Islands.

After the seventh war patrol, GREENLING was routed via Pearl Harbor to San Francisco. Her overhaul at the Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard lasted from September 25 to November 28, 1943, and she returned to Pearl Harbor on December 5, 1943, to renew action in the Pacific.

During the next several war patrols, GREEN LING conducted operations in the vicinity of the Caroline Islands and conducted photoreconnaissance of Guam, Saipan and Tinian in the Marianas. She returned to Pearl Harbor on May 12, 1944, with valuable intelligence for planning the capture and occupation of the Marianas Islands. Lieutenant Commander John D. Gerwock, USN, took command of GREENLING from Lieutenant Commander Grant on June 17, 1944.

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