Beaumont, Edward Huntley, LT

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Last Rank
Lieutenant
Last Primary Designator/NEC
000X-Unknown Navy Officer Classification/ Designator
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1944, USS Tang (SS-306)
Service Years
1942 - 1944
Lieutenant Lieutenant

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Home State
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Year of Birth
1910
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Worcester, MA
Last Address
95 Maywood St
Worcester, MA
(Mother~Iva Marion Beaumont)

Casualty Date
Oct 25, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Wall of the Missing (Cenotaph)

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Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 5 Patrols

 
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USS Tang (SS-306)
  1943-1944, USS Tang (SS-306)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1941-1945 World War II/Submarine War Patrols
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USS Tang (SS-306) was a Balao-class submarine of World War II, the first ship of the United States Navy to bear the name Tang.
She was the most successful US Navy Submarine of WWII.

The USS Tang first slipped into the water in 1943, launched and commissioned at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in California with Lt. Cdr. Richard H. O'Kane commanding. The Balao Class fleet submarine, with a crew of up to 10 officers and 80 enlisted men, sank 33 Japanese ships during its five war patrols, earning two Presidential Unit Citations and four battle stars for its World War II service.

On that final patrol, the USS Tang sent an unprecedented 13 enemy ships to the bottom. Tragically as she fired her last torpedo of the patrol, the torpedo broached and began to boomerang back towards the Tang. Captain O'Kane frantically attempted to move his 311-foot submarine out of the way. She swung too slow and her own torpedo slammed against the port side, immediately sinking the surfaced submarine. O'Kane and three others were washed from the bridge into the water. The men, along with five others who were able to escape the sinking sub, were taken prisoner by a Japanese patrol craft.
   
Comments/Citation

 
Name of Award
Silver Star X2
Year Awarded
1944
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II
 

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Edward Huntley Beaumont (NSN: 0-215451), United States Naval Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action in the performance of his duties as Plotting Officer in the U.S.S. TANG (SS-306), during the FOURTH War Patrol of that Submarine from 31 July 1944 to 3 September 1944. His cool manner and exceptional ability in furnishing his Commanding Officer with vital information in approaches and attacks against enemy shipping contributed directly to the success of his vessel in sinking five enemy ships totaling 22,500 tons and damaging an additional enemy ship of 4,000 tons; and, in a gun engagement, the severe damaging of a 100-ton patrol vessel. His efficiency and calmness contributed directly to the success of his vessel in evading severe enemy counterattacks, sometimes in very shallow waters. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to the officers and men in his ship and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 07434 (December 10, 1944)
Action Date: July 31 - September 3, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Division: U.S.S. Tang (SS-306)


Second Award (Gold Star)
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Edward Huntley Beaumont (NSN: 0-215451), United States Naval Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action as a Member of the Fire Control Party in the U.S.S. TANG (SS-306), during the FIFTH and final War Patrol of that Submarine from 24 September 1944 to 25 October 1944, most of which time was spent in the Formosa Strait. His outstanding skill and high degree of proficiency at his battle station were of utmost assistance to his Commanding Officer in conducting eminently successful attacks on the enemy which classify TANG's FIFTH War Patrol among the greatest submarine cruises of all time. Twenty-two hits out of twenty-four torpedoes fired resulted in the sinking of thirteen ships including one destroyer at a time when the enemy could ill afford to lose a single unit. This destruction to the enemy included the sinking of the major units of two large, well-armed, heavily-escorted convoys carrying troops and supplies to enemy forces in the Philippines. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to the officers and men in his ship, and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Action Date: September 24 - October 25, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Division: U.S.S. Tang (SS-306)

   
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