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Palatka in Putnam County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Basil C. Pierce Jr. USS Tang Memorial

 
 
Basil C. Pierce Jr. USS Tang Memorial image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, October 5, 2014
1. Basil C. Pierce Jr. USS Tang Memorial
Crew list from the USS Tang, one of the markers at the memorial
Inscription. (1st plaque)
Basil C. Pearce, Jr.
USS Tang Memorial

Dedicated by Richard H. O'Kane, Skipper
August 17, 1943 - October 25, 1944
Elton Brubaker, USS Flier (SS250) Aug. 13, 1944

Constructed by
Basil Pearce Chapter
U.S. Submarine Veterans of WW2
Built by Sam Enzor

(2nd plaque)
U.S.S. Tang (SS 306)
(List of Names)
Lost in World War II
October 1944

(3rd plaque)
Still on Patrol

U.S. Navy submarines paid heavily for their success in World War II. A total of 374 officers and 3131 men are on board these 52 U.S. submarines still on "patrol."

We shall never forget that it was our submarines that held the lines against the enemy while our fleets replaced losses and repaired wounds.
Fleet Admiral C.W. Nimitz, U.S.N.

I can assure you that they went down fighting and that their brothers who survived them took a grim toll of our savage enemy to avenge their deaths.
Vice Admiral C. A. Lockwood, Jr., U.S.N.
Commander Submarine Force 1943-1946
P.F.S. 59

(separate sign)
This memorial was erected by the Basil Pearce Chapter, U.S. Submarine Veterans WWII

The Mark XIV torpedo anti-ship weapon displayed is powered by a methanol fueled, steam turbine,
Basil C. Pierce Jr. USS Tang Memorial image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, October 5, 2014
2. Basil C. Pierce Jr. USS Tang Memorial
"Still on Patrol" plaque
power plant range/speed
Low speed: 9,000 yards at 31 knots
High speed: 4,500 yards at 46 knots
Guidance system - gyrosmpe

The Mk-14 torpedo was the U.S. Navy's standard submarine-launched torpedo of World War II

Two Putnam County Florida shipmates "Still on Patrol" are named on the memorial.
Elton Brubaker, San Mateo, - USS Flier SS-250 - Aug. 1944
Basil Pearce, Jr., East Palatka, - USS Tang SS-306 - Oct. 1944

Submarine veterans and the U.S. Navy Submarine Force considered this site as "sacred ground"

Maintained by Palatka Parks Department and USS Florida base, U.S. Submarine Veterans, Putnam County, Florida.
 
Erected 1986 by US Submarine Veterans Putnam County Florida.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Still On Patrol marker series.
 
Location. 29° 38.722′ N, 81° 37.759′ W. Marker is in Palatka, Florida, in Putnam County. Marker is on Memorial Parkway north of Laurel Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Submarine Memorial is one of a series of memorials located at Riverfront Park. Marker is in this post office area: Palatka FL 32177, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Putnam County High School Band WWII Memorial
Basil C. Pierce Jr. USS Tang Memorial image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, October 5, 2014
3. Basil C. Pierce Jr. USS Tang Memorial
Additional plaque on the memorial
(here, next to this marker); Woodman of the World Vietnam Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Veteran's Memorial Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); The Spirit of the American Doughboy (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Shannon (approx. 0.2 miles away); City of Palatka Florida 9/11 Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Putnam County Viet Nam Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Mark's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Palatka.
 
Categories. War, World IIWaterways & Vessels
 
Basil C. Pierce Jr. USS Tang Memorial image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, October 5, 2014
4. Basil C. Pierce Jr. USS Tang Memorial
Memorial Dedication Plaque
Basil C. Pierce Jr. USS Tang Memorial image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, October 5, 2014
5. Basil C. Pierce Jr. USS Tang Memorial
Long view of the memorial, which is a torpedo encased in a brick display.
Additional sign @ USS Tang Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, December 28, 2014
6. Additional sign @ USS Tang Memorial Marker
USS Tang Memorial Panoramic View image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, October 5, 2014
7. USS Tang Memorial Panoramic View
From the nose of the torpedo, you can also see the Vietnam Memorial, and the WWII memorial flagpole. The Veterans Memorial and fountain is just to the right.
 
 
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