Richard Hetherington O'Kane, USN

Born  2 Feb 1911Dover, New Hampshire
Died  16 Feb 1994(83)Petaluma, California


Cdr. Richard H. O'Kane in 1946.

Ranks

  Lt.Cdr.
  Cdr.

Retired: 1957


Decorations

Jan/Feb 44 Navy Cross (1)
Jun/Jul 44 Navy Cross (1)
Jul/Sep 44 Navy Cross (1)
23 Oct 1944 Medal of Honor

Warship Commands listed for Richard Hetherington O'Kane, USN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
USS Tang (306)Lt.Cdr.Submarine15 Oct 194324 Oct 1944

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Submarine USS Tang (306)


8 Jan 1944
With her trials and initial training completed USS Tang (Lt.Cdr. Richard Hetherington O'Kane) arrived at Pearl Harbor.

22 Jan 1944
USS Tang (Lt.Cdr. R.H. O'Kane) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Mariana / Caroline Islands area.

17 Feb 1944 (position 8.00, 149.17)
USS Tang (Lt.Cdr. R.H. O'Kane) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Gyoten Maru (6854 GRT) and the Japanese merchant tanker Kuniei Maru (5184 GRT) about 130 nautical miles west-north-west of Truk in position 08°00'N, 149°17'E.

22 Feb 1944 (position 15.14, 144.55)
USS Tang (Lt.Cdr. R.H. O'Kane) torpedoed and sank the Japanese auxiliary gunboat Fukuyama Maru (3581 GRT) about 60 nautical miles south-west of Saipan in position 15°14'N, 144°55'E.

23 Feb 1944 (position 14.45, 144.32)
USS Tang (Lt.Cdr. R.H. O'Kane) torpedoed and sank the Japanese repair ship Yamashimo Maru (6777 GRT) west of Saipan in position 14°45'N, 144°32'E.

24 Feb 1944 (position 15.45, 143.29)
USS Tang (Lt.Cdr. R.H. O'Kane) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Echizen Maru (2424 GRT) west of Saipan in position 15°45'N, 143°29'E.

25 Feb 1944 (position 15.46, 144.10)
USS Tang (Lt.Cdr. R.H. O'Kane) torpedoed and sank the Japanese fleet tanker Choko Maru (1790 GRT) west of Saipan in position 15°46'N, 144°10'E.

3 Mar 1944
USS Tang (Lt.Cdr. R.H. O'Kane) ended her 1st war patrol at Midway.

16 Mar 1944
USS Tang (Lt.Cdr. R.H. O'Kane) departed from Midway for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Palau's.

15 May 1944
USS Tang (Lt.Cdr. R.H. O'Kane) ended her 2nd war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She had on board 22 aviators she had rescued during air-attacks on Truk.

8 Jun 1944
USS Tang (Lt.Cdr. R.H. O'Kane) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the East China and the Yellow Seas.

24 Jun 1944 (position 32.24, 129.38)
USS Tang (Lt.Cdr. R.H. O'Kane) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ships Tamahoko Maru (6780 GRT) and Kennichi Maru (1937 GRT) and the Japanese merchant tanker Nasusan Maru (4399 GRT) and the Japanese merchant cargo ship Tainan Maru (3175 GRT) outside Nagasaki harbour, Kyushu, Japan in position 32°24'N, 129°38'E.

30 Jun 1944 (position 35.05, 125.00)
USS Tang (Lt.Cdr. R.H. O'Kane) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Nikkin Maru (5705 GRT) in the Yellow Sea off Mokpo, Korea in position 35°05'N, 125°00'E.

1 Jul 1944 (position 34.21, 123.55)
USS Tang (Lt.Cdr. R.H. O'Kane) torpedoed and sank the Japanese fleet tanker Takatori Maru No.1 (878 GRT) off Mokpo, Korea in position 34°21'N, 123°55'E and the Japanese merchant cargo ship Taiun Maru No.2 (998 GRT) in position 34°42'N, 125°25'E.

4 Jul 1944 (position 35.22, 125.56)
While operation in the Yellow Sea off the west coast of Korea, USS Tang (Lt.Cdr. R.H. O'Kane) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ships Asukasan Maru (6886 GRT) in position 35°22'N, 125°56'E and Yamaoka Maru (6932 GRT) in position 36°05'N, 125°48'E.

6 Jul 1944 (position 38.50, 123.35)
USS Tang (Lt.Cdr. R.H. O'Kane) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Dori Go (1469 GRT) in the Yellow Sea in position 38°50'N, 123°35'E.

14 Jul 1944
USS Tang (Lt.Cdr. R.H. O'Kane) ended her outstanding 3rd war patrol at Midway.

31 Jul 1944
USS Tang (Cdr. R.H. O'Kane) departed from Midway for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the east coast of Honshu in Japanese home waters.

11 Aug 1944 (position 33.58, 136.18)
USS Tang (Cdr. R.H. O'Kane) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Roko Maru (3328 GRT) off the southern coast of Honshu, Japan in position 33°58'N, 136°18'E.

22 Aug 1944 (position 34.01, 136.21)
USS Tang (Cdr. R.H. O'Kane) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Nansatsu Maru No.2 (116 GRT) off Mikizaki, Japan in position 34°01'N, 136°21'E.

23 Aug 1944 (position 34.37, 137.52)
USS Tang (Cdr. R.H. O'Kane) torpedoed and sank the Japanese cargo ship Tsukushi Maru (1859 GRT) off Hamamatsu, Japan in position 34°37'N, 137°52'E.

25 Aug 1944 (position 33.55, 136.18)
USS Tang (Cdr. R.H. O'Kane) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant tanker Nanko Maru No.8 (834 GRT) south of Mikizaki, Japan in position 33°55'N, 136°18'E.

3 Sep 1944
USS Tang (Cdr. R.H. O'Kane) ended her 4th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

24 Sep 1944
USS Tang (Cdr. R.H. O'Kane) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Formosa Strait.

27 Sep 1944
USS Tang (Cdr. Richard Hetherington O'Kane) refuels at Midway.

11 Oct 1944 (position 25.00, 121.00)
USS Tang (Cdr. R.H. O'Kane) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ships Joshu Go (1658 GRT) and Oita Maru (711 GRT) in Formosa Strait in position 25°00'N, 121°00'E.

23 Oct 1944 (position 24.49, 120.26)
While operating in Formosa Strait USS Tang (Cdr. R.H. O'Kane) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ships Toun Maru (1915 GRT) and Tatsuju Maru (1944 GRT) and the Japanese troop transport Wakatake Maru (1920 GRT) in position 24°49'N, 120°26'E and the Japanese merchant cargo ship Kori Go (1339 GRT) in position 24°42'N, 120°21'E.

24 Oct 1944 (position 25.04, 119.35)
While continuing her operations in Formosa Strait, USS Tang (Cdr. Richard Hetherington O'Kane) torpedoed and sank the Japanese tanker Matsumoto Maru (7024 GRT) in position 25°04'N, 119°35'E and the Japanese merchant cargo ship Ebara Maru (6957 GRT) in position 25°03'N, 119°35'E. However the Tang is sunk by her own torpedo thereafter.

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