CMDR. GEORGE L. STREET III
Commanding U.S.S. Tirante
Off the coast of Korea
14 April 1945.
Commanding the submarine, U.S.S. Tirante on her maiden combat patrol Cmdr Street maneuvered his vessel into a firing position at Quelpart Island Harbor off the coast of Korea.
His crew at “Surface Battle Stations” Cmdr. Street took Tirante into the shallow, mined and shoal-obstructed waters of the harbor. He moved Tirante within 1200 yards of the shoreline before Tirante and her crew let the enemy know who had “come a knockin’.”
Enemy patrols and a battery of shore-based radar stations we just some of the obstacles between Tirante and mission accomplishment. Ready for a surface battle Street let loose with his forward tubes.
Two torpedoes struck a Japanese ammunition storage point illuminating the entire harbor giving enemy gunners an unobstructed daylight view of the American submarine. Spotted and targeted by enemy guns, Cmdr. Street swapped ends in his Boat, and having already plotted firing solutions, let loose with his aft tubes inflicting additional losses on the enemy fleet.
In an unprecedented act of seamanship, Street made an emergency full speed ahead exit from the battle area then he moved along the shoreline. When discovered by perusing warships the Cmdr dove his boat deep, escaping to the open sea.
Cmdr. Street remianed active duty Navy after the war and went on to command two other warships, USS Requin (SS-481) an attack submarine, then later USS Holder (DDE-819), an anti-submarine surface vessel.
CMDR> Street was promoted to Captain (O-6) and after serving as the Navy technical advisor for the Documentary “Silent Service.” A short stint at the Naval War College and Capt. Street retired peacefully to Andover Mass, where he passed from this world on 26 Feb. 1966.
Per the Captain’s last request, this warrior’s ashes were returned to the Sea by a US NAVY Submarine crew.