O'Kane
Artist: JOHN MEEKS
Original picture is oil on canvas measuring approx 14 x 11"        
Limited Edition of 50 digital prints measuring 10" x 8" (including attractive border)
Subject: Commander Richard O'Kane USN, Medal of Honor. (1911-1994)

A word from the artist...

It's about time I included an American in my little collection of
"Sub-Humans" .... and after much consideration ... this is probably the best candidate ....

"Dick" ("Killer") O'Kane. Master of the ill-fated USS Tang.

Hailing from New Hampshire, O'Kane distinguished himself by being the most successful US submarine skipper in terms of ships sunk. Various sources seem to differ in this regard as usual, but the Arlington cemetery records credit Tang with 33 Japanese merchant and naval ships sunk. He and his crew also distinguished themselves by almost becoming specialists in rescuing downed allied aircrew.

It was during the Tang's fifth war patrol in October 1944 that O'Kane was awarded the Medal of Honor in two actions that closely emulated that of the USS Parche (QV). In the last gallant surface action he torpedoed, damaged or sunk no less than four tankers, four transports and a destroyer. I suppose he "Got Mad" too ...... !

Unfortunately and tragically, Tang became a victim of that great
nemesis of the US submarine service. One of its own torpedoes! O'Kane's final 'fish' ran in a circle and fatally struck the American boat.

Only O'Kane and three others from the bridge survived the sinking, together with a mere five men who managed to escape the sunken boat. They were all picked up by a Japanese destroyer and suffered ten months of privation as POW's in Japan. Upon release in 1945, Commander O'Kane weighed
a mere 88lbs.




Retiring as a Rear Admiral in 1957, O'Kane finally left us in 1994, survived by his wife. She is reported as saying "The hardest thing for him for the rest of his life was that he came home .... and his men didn't ...."

I know how he must have felt. I suppose that that says it all ....

John M

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