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Honolulu in Honolulu County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
 

USS Tang (SS-306)

Bowfin Park

 

—Pearl Harbor —

 
USS Tang (SS-306) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 12, 2008
1. USS Tang (SS-306) Marker
Inscription.
CDR R.H. Kane, USN, Commanding Officer; Launched 17 August 1943; Lost at sea, 24 October 1944.

The exploits of Tang are legendary in submarine history. Under the bold leadership of Commander Richard H. O’Kane, Tang executed five brilliant patrols, destroying enemy ships almost as fast as the Japanese could build them. Tang’s rescue of 22 downed naval pilots off Turk Lagoon during her second war patrol made headlines and proved the value of submarine lifeguard duty. Tang was one of only two American submarines to receive the Presidential Unit Citation twice, and her skipper earned the nation’s highest award for valor, the Congressional Medal of Honor. It was not the enemy but fate that finally ended Tang’s career. Patrolling the Formosa Straits, Tang had already sunk seven enemy ships when, on 24 October 1944, she launched a nighttime surface attack on an enemy transport, firing her two remaining torpedoes. The second torpedo malfunctioned, circled back, and struck Tang. The explosion was violent. Nine men topside catapulted into the sea as Tang plunged toward the bottom. Thirteen other men escaped from the forward compartment and, using momsen lungs, ascended 180 feet to the surface. By morning only nine survivors remained to be pulled from the water by a Japanese escort vessel. They were imprisoned for the duration of
USS Tang (SS-306) Marker is one of the markers in the photo. image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 12, 2008
2. USS Tang (SS-306) Marker is one of the markers in the photo.
the war, but lived to tell the story of their 78 shipmates’ final epic battle aboard the renowned submarine Tang.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Still On Patrol marker series.
 
Location. 21° 22.098′ N, 157° 56.346′ W. Marker is in Honolulu, Hawaii, in Honolulu County. Marker is on Arizona Memorial Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Honolulu HI 96818, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. USS Seawolf (SS-197) (here, next to this marker); USS Swordfish (SS-193) (here, next to this marker); USS Wahoo (SS-238) (here, next to this marker); Mark 37 Electric Torpedo (within shouting distance of this marker); Mark 14 Steam-Driven Torpedo (within shouting distance of this marker); Lost Submarine Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S.S. Bowfin (SS287) (within shouting distance of this marker); Kaiten (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Honolulu.
 
Categories. War, World IIWaterways & Vessels
 
Richard O'Kane grave marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 20, 1999
3. Richard O'Kane grave marker
He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Section 59, Grave 874
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 14, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 259 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 14, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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