Street, George Levick, III, CAPT

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112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
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Line Officer
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1964-1966, Pacific Reserve Fleet (PACRESFLT) Mare Island, CA
Service Years
1937 - 1966

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Home Town
Richmond, VA
Last Address
Andover, MD

Date of Passing
Feb 26, 2000
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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7A 130-B

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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.

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. 

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
, 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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Navy Cross
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
Division: U.S.S. Tirante (SS-420)
Citation: The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Commander [then Lieutenant Commander] George Levick Street, III (NSN: 0-78745), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as commanding officer of the U.S.S. TIRANTE (SS-420) during the First War Patrol of that vessel against enemy Japanese surface forces in the harbor of Quelpart Island, off the coast of Korea, on 14 April 1945. With the crew at surface battle stations,
Commander Street approached the hostile anchorage from the south within 1,200 yards of the coast to complete a reconnoitering circuit of the island. Leaving the 10-fathom curve far behind he penetrated the mined and shoal-obstructed waters of the restricted harbor despite numerous patrolling vessels and in defiance of five shore-based radar stations and menacing aircraft. Prepared to fight it out on the surface if attacked, Commander Street went into action, sending two torpedoes with deadly accuracy into a large Japanese ammunition ship and exploding the target in a mountainous and blinding glare of white flames. With the TIRANTE instantly spotted by the enemy as she stood out plainly in the flare of light, he ordered the torpedo data computer set up while retiring and fired his last two torpedoes to disintegrate in quick succession the leading frigate and a similar flanking vessel. Clearing the gutted harbor at emergency full speed ahead, he slipped undetected along the shoreline, diving deep as a pursuing patrol dropped a pattern of depth charges at the point of submergence. His illustrious record of combat achievement during the First War Patrol of the TIRANTE characterizes Commander Street as a daring and skilled leader and reflects the highest credit upon himself, his valiant command, and the United States Naval Service.
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US NavyUSS Arkansas (BB-33)NAVSUBASE New London/GrotonSupervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair (SUPSHIP)
USS Gar (SS-206)Portsmouth Navy YardUSS Tirante (SS-420)Office of Naval Research (ONR)
USS Requin (SS-481)Joint Forces Staff College/Armed Forces Staff College (Faculty Staff)CNO - OPNAVCommander-in-Chief, US Atlantic Fleet (CINCLANTFLT)
USS Fremont (APA-44)NROTC (Staff)COMSUBRON 5, COMSUBPACNaval War College (Staff)
Naval Reserve Forces Command
  1937-1938, USS Concord (CL-10)
  1939-1940, USS Arkansas (BB-33)
  1940-1941, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1941-1941, Supervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair (SUPSHIP) Groton, CT
  1941-1944, USS Gar (SS-206)
  1944-1944, Portsmouth Navy Yard
  1944-1946, USS Tirante (SS-420)
  1946-1946, Office of Naval Research (ONR)
  1946-1948, USS Requin (SS-481)
  1949-1951, Joint Forces Staff College/Armed Forces Staff College (Faculty Staff)
  1951-1952, USS Holder (DDE-819)
  1952-1953, Submarine Division 62
  1953-1956, CNO - OPNAV
  1956-1958, Commander-in-Chief, US Atlantic Fleet (CINCLANTFLT)
  1958-1959, USS Fremont (APA-44)
  1959-1961, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) NROTC (Cadre)
  1962-1964, Naval War College (Staff)
  1964-1966, Pacific Reserve Fleet (PACRESFLT) Mare Island, CA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 USS Gar (SS-206)/USS GAR (SS-206) 1st War Patrol
  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 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 patrol
  1945-1945 USS TIRANTE (SS-420) 1st patrol4
  1945-1945 USS TIRANTE (SS-420) 2nd patrol
  1945-1945 USS TIRANTE (SS-420) 3rd War Patrol
  1958-1958 Operation Bluebat (Lebanon)
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United States Naval AcademyArmed Forces Staff CollegeNaval War College
  1933-1937, United States Naval Academy1
  1948-1949, Armed Forces Staff College
  1955-1956, Naval War College
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  Jun 03, 1937, Commissioned as Ensign
  Jun 03, 1940, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Jan 02, 1942, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Jul 01, 1943, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Jul 20, 1945, Promoted to Commander
  Jul 01, 1955, Promoted to Captain
  Jan 01, 1966, Retired1
  Mar 15, 2000, Burial at Arlington2
  Jun 30, 2020, General Photos
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