Photo #: 80-G-227987 (complete caption)
USS Tang (SS-306)
The submarine's Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Richard H. O'Kane (center), poses with the twenty-two aircrewmen that Tang rescued off Truk during the carrier air raids there on 29 April-1 May 1944. The photograph was taken upon Tang's return to Pearl Harbor from her second war patrol, in May 1944.
Those present are are (front row, left to right):
Aviation Radioman 2nd Class Harry B. Gemmell;
Aviation Radioman 2nd Class Joseph Hranek;
Aviation Radioman 1st Class James L. Livingston; and
Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Joseph D. Gendron;
(second row, l-r):
Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st Class Robert W. Gruebel;
Aviation Radioman 2nd Class Robert E. Hill;
Lieutenant Commander Richard H. O'Kane;
Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class H.A. Thompson; and
Aviation Radioman 2nd Class Aubrey J. Gill;
(third row, l-r):
Ensign Carroll L. Farrell;
Lieutenant (Junior Grade) James G. Cole;
Lieutenant John J. Dowdle, Jr.;
Lieutenant (Junior Grade) J.A. Burns;
Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Robert T. Barbor;
Lieutenant Harry E. Hill; and
Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Scott Scammell II;
(top row, l-r):
Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Owen F. Taburn;
Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Robert F. Kanze;
Lieutenant Donald Kirkpatrick, Jr.;
Aviation Radioman 2nd Class James J. Lenahan;
Commander Alfred R. Matter;
Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Richard L. Bentley; and
Lieutenant Robert S. Nelson.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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5 February 2002