William Leibold U S S Tang W W I I

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William Leibold U S S Tang W W I I

Post by caappy » Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:11 am

William Leibold was a BM1C aboard the USS Tang when she was sunk and was taken prisoner by the Japanese.. He is the last living survivor of the USS Tang.

USS Tang (SS-306) was a Balao-class submarine of World War II, the first ship of the United States Navy to bear the name Tang. She was built and launched in 1943.

In her short career, Tang sank 33 ships totaling 116,454 tons. Commander Richard O'Kane received the Medal of Honor for her last two engagements (23 and 24 October 1944). 33 ships totaling 116,454 tons, placing her first in the list of the most successful American submarines in World War II for both number of ships and tonnage. Tang also retains the best patrol by number of ships sunk, her third, with ten for 39,100 tons.

Tang was sunk during the last engagement by a circular run of her final torpedo, going down in 180 ft (55 m) of water. 78 men were lost, and the nine survivors were subsequently picked up by a Japanese frigate and taken prisoner. This was the only known occasion on which a Momsen lung was used to escape a sunken submarine.

Sent William Leibold 2 photos on 8 Mar and got them back 21 Mar.. He only signed one of the photos.. He signed it W.R. "Boats" Leibold

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1255 N Broadway Apt 223
Escondido, CA 92026

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Re: William Leibold U S S Tang W W I I

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