Street III, George Levick, CAPT

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112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1964-1965, 112X, Pacific Reserve Fleet (PACRESFLT) Stockton, CA
Service Years
1931 - 1966

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Home Town
Last Address
Andover, Massachusetts-
In keeping with his request, half his cremated remains were dispersed at sea from a submarine, and half were buried at Arlington National Cemetery

Date of Passing
Feb 26, 2000
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 7A, Lot 130-B

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Joint Chiefs of Staff WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

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Obituary in NYT-

By Richard Goldstein,, March 5, 2000
 Capt. George L. Street III, who won the Medal of Honor in World War II for directing a daring submarine attack that destroyed three Japanese ships off the coast of Korea, died Feb. 26, 2000 at a nursing home in Andover, Mass. He was 86.
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George Levick Street III, a native of Richmond, Va., graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1937. He took part in war patrols on the submarine Gar before assuming command of the Tirante. After World War II, he held a variety of administrative and seagoing posts before retiring from the Navy in 1966 as a captain.  

Serving as the skipper of the submarine Tirante, Street, then a lieutenant commander brought his boat into the Japanese anchorage off Quelpart Island, a high, rocky spot containing an air base, in the early hours of April 14, 1945. 

The waters, about 100 miles south of Korea, were heavily mined and the Japanese had radar-equipped patrol vessels off the island in addition to five shore-based radar stations. 

But Street was determined to find Japanese ships and sink them. He approached the harbor on the surface at night, gun crews at their stations. If the submarine was detected, it would have to shoot its way out of trouble because the waters were too shallow for it to dive. 

At 4 a.m., the Tirante fired torpedoes at a large ammunition ship. 

"A tremendous, beautiful explosion," Street would write in his report. "A great mushroom of white blinding flame shot 2,000 feet into the air. Not a sound was heard for a moment, but then a tremendous roar flattened our ears against our heads. The jackpot, and no mistake!"

The explosions lighted up the harbor. 

"In the glare of the fire, Tirante stood out in her light camouflage, like a snowman in a coal pit," Commander Street would report. "But, more important, silhouetted against the flame were two escort vessels, both instantly obvious as fine new frigates of the Mikura class. Steadied to pick off the two frigates." 

The Tirante did just that, using two torpedoes to blow up one of the frigates and destroying the other one with one torpedo. Street then took the Tirante out of the harbor at full speed and dived, eluding depth charges from a pursuing patrol. 

While the Tirante had been approaching the Japanese-held harbor, it had received word over its radio of the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the ascension to the presidency of Harry S. Truman. A few hours after the Tirante completed its mission, it sent a message to the Pacific submarine command reading: "Three for Franklin ... Sank ammunition ship two escorts." 

Street received the Medal of Honor from Truman at the White House on Oct. 6, 1945, and was a recipient of the Navy Cross. He was decorated a second time by Truman in December1947, receiving a gold star in lieu of a second Silver Star for his actions in World War II. 

Street's executive officer on the Tirante was Capt. Edward L. Beach, also a recipient of the Navy Cross, whose best-selling novel "Run Silent, Run Deep" (Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1955) drew on his experiences aboard the Tirante and other World War II submarines. Endicott Peabody, a future governor of Massachusetts, was a lieutenant on the Tirante. 

Despite all his individual honors, Street was exceedingly proud of a collective award, the Presidential Unit Citation, which went to the Tirante for its overall combat record. As Street put it, "I really treasure that more than the Medal of Honor because every man was there with us."

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 Duty Stations
Naval Reserve Center (NRC) Baltimore, MDUS NavyUSS Arkansas (BB-33)Submarine School Officers Basic
Supervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair (SUPSHIP)USS Gar (SS-206)USS Tirante (SS-420)Office of Naval Research (ONR)
USS Requin (SS-481)Joint Forces Staff College/Armed Forces Staff College (Faculty Staff)CNO - OPNAVNaval War College (Staff)
Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)USS Fremont (APA-44)Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)COMSUBRON 5, COMSUBPAC
Pacific Reserve Fleet (PACRESFLT) Stockton, CA
  1931-1933, Naval Reserve Center (NRC) Baltimore, MD
  1937-1939, 110X, USS Concord (CL-10)
  1939-1940, 110X, USS Arkansas (BB-33)
  1940-1941, 110X, Submarine School Officers Basic
  1941-1941, 110X, Supervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair (SUPSHIP)
  1941-1944, 112X, USS Gar (SS-206)
  1944-1944, 112X, SUBBASE Midway
  1944-1946, 112X, USS Tirante (SS-420)
  1946-1946, 112X, Office of Naval Research (ONR)
  1946-1948, 112X, USS Requin (SS-481)
  1948-1951, 112X, Joint Forces Staff College/Armed Forces Staff College (Faculty Staff)
  1951-1952, 111X, USS Holder (DDE-819)
  1953-1955, 112X, CNO - OPNAV
  1955-1956, 112X, Naval War College (Staff)
  1956-1958, 112X, Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)
  1958-1959, 111X, USS Fremont (APA-44)
  1959-1961, NPS MIT Boston MA (Faculty Staff), Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)
  1961-1962, 112X, COMSUBRON 5, COMSUBPAC
  1962-1964, 112X, Naval War College (Staff)
  1964-1965, 112X, Pacific Reserve Fleet (PACRESFLT) Stockton, CA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1942-1942 USS Gar (SS-206)/USS GAR (SS-206) 1st War Patrol1
  1942-1942 USS Gar (SS-206)/USS GAR (SS-206) 2nd patrol
  1942-1942 USS Gar (SS-206)/USS GAR (SS-206) 3rd patrol
  1942-1942 USS Gar (SS-206)/USS GAR (SS-206) 4th patrol
  1942-1943 USS Gar (SS-206)/USS GAR (SS-206) 5th patrol
  1943-1943 Submarine War Patrols
  1943-1943 USS Gar (SS-206)/USS GAR (SS-206) 7th patrol
  1943-1943 USS Gar (SS-206)/USS GAR (SS-206) 8th patrol
  1943-1943 USS Gar (SS-206)/USS GAR (SS-206) 9th patrol
  1943-1944 USS Gar (SS-206)/USS GAR (SS-206) 10th patrol1
  1945-1945 USS TIRANTE (SS-420) 1st patrol5
  1945-1945 USS TIRANTE (SS-420) 2nd patrol2
  1945-1945 USS TIRANTE (SS-420) 3rd War Patrol
  1958-1958 Operation Bluebat (Lebanon)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyArmed Forces Staff CollegeGeorge Washington University
  1933-1937, United States Naval Academy1
  1948-1949, Armed Forces Staff College
  1966-1966, George Washington University
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