Culp, James Henry, CEM

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
EM-0000-Electrician's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Electrician's Mate
Primary Unit
1943-1944, EM-0000, USS Tang (SS-306)
Service Years
1936 - 1944
EM-Electrician's Mate
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Vallejo, CA
Last Address
105 Franklin St
Vallejo, CA
(Wife~Bobby Jo Yowell-Culp)

Casualty Date
Oct 25, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Pacific Ocean
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 - 7 Patrols

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS S-18 (SS-123) US NavyUSS Narwhal (SS-167)USS Tang (SS-306)
  1939-1941, EM-0000, USS S-18 (SS-123)
  1941-1941, EM-0000, USS Widgeon (ASR-1)
  1941-1942, EM-0000, USS Litchfield (DD-336)
  1942-1943, EM-0000, USS Narwhal (SS-167)
  1943-1944, EM-0000, USS Tang (SS-306)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1942-1943 USS Narwhal (SS-167)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 09, 1936, Service Entry Date & Enlisted Serial Number 371-78-23
  May 16, 1939, Received on USS S-18
  Feb 16, 1940, Promoted to EM1c
  May 10, 1940, Temporary Transfer to US Naval Hospital Pearl Harbor
  Jun 01, 1940, Received from US Naval Hospital Pearl Harbor
  Jun 07, 1940, Honorable Discharged
  Jun 08, 1940, Re-Enlisted on USS S-18 for 4 full years
  Feb 08, 1941, Transferred to USS Widgeon for Duty
  Feb 08, 1941, received on USS Widgeon
  May 16, 1941, Received on USS Litchfield from USS Widgeon
  Sep 26, 1941, Temporary Transfer to US Naval Hospital Pearl Harbor
  Dec 09, 1941, Received from US Naval Hospital Pearl Harbor
  May 13, 1942, Transferred to USS Narwhal for Duty
  Dec 01, 1942, Promoted EMC (Chief Petty Officer)
  Jan 07, 1943, Temporary Transfer to US Naval Hospital Mare Island CA
  Jan 21, 1943, Received from US Naval Hospital Mare Island, CA
  Jun 24, 1943, Transferred to ComSubDiv-42 on USS Nautilus
  Jul 01, 1943, Transferred to ComSubAd for Assignment by ComSubLant
  Oct 15, 1943, Received on USS Tang
  Jul 25, 1944, Honorable Discharged
  Jul 26, 1944, Re-Enlisted on for 4 full years
  Oct 25, 1944, Declared Missing In Action later changed to death Date
  Jan 07, 1946, Declared dead but later date revised to day of declared MIA
  Nov 26, 2017, General Photos4
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
At 02:30 on the morning of 25 October, the 24th and last torpedo (a Mark 18 electric torpedo) was fired. It broached and curved to the left in a circular run. Tang fishtailed under emergency power to clear the turning circle of the torpedo, but it struck her abreast the after torpedo room approximately 20 seconds after it was fired. The explosion was violent, and men as far forward as the control room received broken limbs. The ship went down by the stern with the after three compartments flooded. Of the nine officers and men on the bridge, including O'Kane, three were able to swim through the night until picked up eight hours later. One officer escaped from the flooded conning tower and was rescued with the others.

The submarine bottomed at 180 ft (55 m) and the thirty survivors crowded into the forward torpedo room as the aft compartments flooded, intending to use the forward escape trunk. Publications were burned, and all assembled in the forward room to escape. The escape was delayed by a Japanese patrol which dropped depth charges and started an electrical fire in the forward battery. Beginning at 6:00 AM on 25 October, using the Momsen Lung, "the only known case" where it was used, thirteen men escaped from the forward torpedo room. By the time the last had exited, the heat from the battery fire was so intense, paint on the bulkhead was scorching, melting, and running down. Of the 13 men who escaped from the forward torpedo room, only five were rescued. One sailor who was near the group of five but injured during the ascent was not rescued. Three who were on the bridge were rescued after swimming for 8 hours. Another survivor escaped the conning tower and used his pants as a flotation device.A total of 78 men were lost. Those who escaped the submarine were greeted in the morning by the sight of the bow of the transport sticking straight out of the water.

Nine survivors, including O'Kane, were picked up the next morning by Japanese frigate CD-34. Survivors of Tang's previous sinkings were on board, and they beat the men from Tang. O'Kane stated, "When we realized that our clubbing and kickings were being administered by the burned, mutilated survivors of our handiwork, we found we could take it with less prejudice."The nine captives were placed in a prison camp at funa until the end of the war, where they were interrogated by Japanese intelligence.
Tang was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 8 February 1945.
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