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Ocean Springs in Jackson County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)

USS Tullibee (SS-248)

USS Tullibee (SS-248) Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By John D. Trolinger, July 17, 2021
1. USS Tullibee (SS-248) Marker
Inscription.  In Memory of the USS Tullibee (SS-248)
Lost on March 26, 1944 79 Submariners Lost

Tullibee began her career in the submarine force in July 1943, with her first patrol in the Western Caroline Islands. On this patrol she sank one freighter and damaged another. Her second patrol in an area south of Formosa she sank a transport ship and damaged a tanker and a transport. On her third patrol in the Mariana Islands, Tullibee sank a freighter. This gave Tullibee a total of 16,500 tons of shipping sunk and 22,000 tons damaged.

On her fourth patrol, leaving midway on March 14, 1944, Tullibee was not heard from again.

The following story of Tullibee is the statement made by the lone survivor, O.W. Kuykendall CM2: Tullibee on station March 25, 1944. On March 26 radar contact was made on a convoy consisting of a troopship, two freighters, to escort vessels, and a destroyer.

Tullibee made several surface runs on the transport, but held fire due to squally weather. At 3000 yards and still unable to see the target, she fired two bow torpedoes. A minute or two later a terrific concussion shook the boat.
USS Tullibee (SS-248) Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By John D. Trolinger, July 17, 2021
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Kuykendall, who had been on the bridge, found himself in the water. Kuykendall stated the explosion was due to a circular run by one of the Tullibee’s torpedoes.

There were shouting men in the water when Kuykendall regained consciousness. After the blast, after about 10 min., everything was silent. On March 27, a Japanese escort vessel came in and rescued him. He learned that the transport they had fired at was sunk."

The story of Kuykendall’s captivity is much the same as the survivors of Grenadier, Sculpin, Tang, Perch, and other US submarines. He was questioned and beaten when he refused to talk. On April 19, he was taken to Ofuna Naval Interrogation Camp where he stayed until September 30. From that date until he was rescued on September 14, 1945, he was forced to work in the copper mines at Ashio.
Erected by U.S. Submarine Veterans of World War II.
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Still On Patrol series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 26, 1944.
Location. 30° 24.533′ N, 88° 46.017′ W. Marker is in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, in Jackson County. Memorial can be reached from Bienville Boulevard (U.S. 90) 0.8 miles east of Park Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map
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. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3730 Bienville Boulevard, Ocean Springs MS 39564, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Charnley~Norwood House (Bon Silene) (approx. 2.7 miles away); Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center (approx. 3.2 miles away); Ocean Springs World War I Memorial (approx. 3.2 miles away); Evergreen Cemetery (approx. 3.4 miles away); Carter-Calloway House (approx. 3.4 miles away); Marble Springs (approx. 3.6 miles away); Ocean Springs Blues (approx. 3.7 miles away); Marshall Park (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ocean Springs.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 8, 2021, by John D. Trolinger of Hunt, Texas. This page has been viewed 121 times since then and 32 times this year. Last updated on August 14, 2021, by John D. Trolinger of Hunt, Texas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 8, 2021, by John D. Trolinger of Hunt, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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