Thomas Benjamin Oakley, Jr., USN

Born  27 Feb 1912Staten Island, New York
Died  8 Nov 1944(32)USS Growler (SS-215)


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Ranks

  Lt.Cdr.
  Cdr.

Decorations

Aug/Sep 44 Navy Cross (1)

Warship Commands listed for Thomas Benjamin Oakley, USN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
USS Tarpon (175)Lt.Cdr.Submarine19 Nov 194315 Apr 1944
USS Growler (215)Lt.Cdr.Submarine23 Apr 19448 Nov 1944 (+)

Career information

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Events related to this officer

Submarine USS Tarpon (175)


4 Dec 1943
USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. T.B. Oakley, Jr) left base for her 10th war patrol. She was to patrol in the Marshall Islands area.

12 Jan 1944
USS Tarpon (Lt.Cdr. T.B. Oakley, Jr) ended her 10th war patrol when she returned to base.


Submarine USS Growler (215)


14 May 1944
USS Growler (Lt.Cdr. Thomas Benjamin Oakley, Jr.) departed from Majuro for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Philippine Sea.

29 Jun 1944 (position 19.00, 121.42)
USS Growler (Lt.Cdr. T.B. Oakley, Jr.) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport Katori Maru (1920 GRT) in Luzon Strait in position 19°00'N, 121°42'E.

16 Jul 1944
USS Growler (Lt.Cdr. T.B. Oakley, Jr.) ended her 9th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

11 Aug 1944
USS Growler (Cdr. T.B. Oakley, Jr.) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 10th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Formosa.

12 Sep 1944 (position 18.25, 114.30)
USS Growler (Cdr. T.B. Oakley, Jr.) torpedoed and sank the Japanese destroyer Shikinami (offsite link) about 240 nautical miles south of Hong Kong in position 18°25'N, 114°30'E and the Japanese frigate Hirado (870 tons, offsite link) about 250 nautical miles east of Hainan Island in position 17°54'N, 114°49'E.

26 Sep 1944
USS Growler (Cdr. T.B. Oakley, Jr.) ended her 10th war patrol at Fremantle, Australia.

20 Oct 1944
USS Growler (Cdr. T.B. Oakley, Jr.) departed Fremantle for her 11th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.


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