The Top Submarine Ace of the US Navy – Part 3

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O’Kane and Morton became the two most famous US Navy submarine captains of World War Two. O’Kane served under Morton and the submarine each commanded — USS Wahoo by Morton and USS Tang by O’Kane – became the two most famous US Navy subs of World War Two. They almost became comrades in death except for this: at the end of his third patrol under Morton, O’Kane was ordered off the boat to take up command of the USS Tang. On her next patrol, USS Wahoo was lost with all hands in action against the Japanese navy.

LA PEROUSE STRAIT (July 8, 2007) – Rear Adm. Douglas McAneny, Commander Submarine Squadron 7, helps lay a wreath into the ocean in remembrance of the Sailors aboard USS Wahoo (SS 238) from aboard submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40). The submarine sank in October 1943 and was found in June 2006 by a Russian diving team. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stefanie Broughton/RELEASED)

[Source: Wahoo: The Patrols of America’s Most Famous World War II Submarine by Richard H. O’Kane (three stars). Image courtesy of the US Navy Website.]

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Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/

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