Palatka in Putnam County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Basil C. Pierce Jr. USS Tang Memorial
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
Basil Pearce Chapter
U.S. Submarine Veterans of WW2
Built by Sam Enzor
U.S.S. Tang (SS 306)
(List of Names)
Lost in World War II
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
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,
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. Touch 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 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. ¼ mile away); St. Mark's Episcopal Church (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Palatka.
Categories. • War, World II • Waterways & Vessels •
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