Basil C. Pierce Jr. USS Tang Memorial

Basil C. Pierce Jr. USS Tang Memorial (HM1H1V)

Location: Palatka, FL 32177 Putnam County
Country: United States of America

N 29° 38.722', W 81° 37.759'

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(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, 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.
Details
HM NumberHM1H1V
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Year Placed1986
Placed ByUS Submarine Veterans Putnam County Florida
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 5:13pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 439088 N 3279655
Decimal Degrees29.64536667, -81.62931667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 38.722', W 81° 37.759'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 38' 43.32" N, 81° 37' 45.54" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)386, 904
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100 Memorial Pkwy, Palatka FL 32177, US
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