As told by the artist.....
This painting is based on conversations I had
with Captain Murray B. Frazee (retired), of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania,
who was the executive officer on USS Tang for its first 4 patrols during
Tang was subsequently & tragically
lost on its 5th patrol, sunk by its own circular running torpedo.
Her captain, Richard O'Kane, who became the US Navy's highest scoring
skipper on the Tang, survived its sinking and won the Medal of Honor.
Captain Frazee told me that on his last patrol on the
Tang they torpedoed a ship about ...
"1000 yards from the coast of Japan with
our last torpedo. We ran straight to Pearl Harbor as fast as we
could go, and either myself or the quartermaster was on the bridge
every hour of every day to make sure we navigated the most efficient
Captain Frazee had made 11 war patrols by that
time between the Tang and other submarines and was ...
"quite anxious to get home".
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