De Lapp, Marvin Verle, CMoMM

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
MO-0000-Motor Machinist/Oiler
Last Rating/NEC Group
Motor Machinistmate/Oiler
Primary Unit
1943-1944, MO-0000, USS Tang (SS-306)
Service Years
1938 - 1944
MoMM - Motor Machinistmate/Oiler
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
4333 W 160th St
Lawndale, CA
(Daughter~Diann Lee DeLapp)

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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The National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial World War II FallenWW II Memorial National Registry
  2017, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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  2017, World War II Fallen
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Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 7 Patrols

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1938, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)3
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS West Virginia (BB-48)US NavyUSS Tang (SS-306)
  1939-1941, MM-0000, USS West Virginia (BB-48)
  1941-1943, MO-0000, USS Salmon (SS-182)
  1943-1944, MO-0000, USS Tang (SS-306)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 Submarine War Patrols
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Memorial Headstone in Maplewood Cemetery, Luverne, MN
  Oct 05, 1938, Service Entry Date & Enlisted Serial Number 321-27-45 Rank of A.S.
  Dec 21, 1938, Selected Boot Camp "Honor Man"1
  Jan 05, 1939, Transferred From Naval Receiving Station Norfolk to USS West Virginia Via USS Concord
  Jan 21, 1939, Received on USS West Virginia (BB-48) From Receiving Station NOB Norfolk
  Feb 05, 1939, Promoted to Seaman 2nd Class (E-2)
  Feb 07, 1939, Changed Rate from Seaman 2nd Class to Fireman 3rd Class (both were E-2 before 1944)
  Mar 10, 1939, He served on the USS West Virginia with his 2 brothers Franklin & Wesley1
  Aug 16, 1939, Promoted to Fireman 2nd Class (Rank of E-3 before 1944)
  Feb 16, 1940, Promoted to Fireman 1st Class (Rank of E-4 before 1944)
  May 01, 1941, Promoted to MM2c (rank of E-5)
  Jun 21, 1941, Temporary Transfer to US Naval Hospital Pearl Harbor
  Jul 03, 1941, Received from US Naval Hospital Pearl Harbor
  Aug 02, 1941, Transferred to Sub Base Pearl Harbor for further assignment by ComSubCoFor for sub training
  Aug 18, 1941, Received from USS Seal on USS Holland for temporary duty
  Sep 18, 1941, Transferred to USS Seal
  Dec 08, 1941, Received on USS Salmon from USS Seal
  Sep 01, 1942, Agreed to Extend Enlistment for 2 full years
  Sep 01, 1942, Changed Rate from MM2c to MoMM2c
  Oct 05, 1942, Extended Enlistment for 2 full years
  Feb 01, 1943, Promoted to MoMM1c (Rank of E-6)
  Feb 23, 1943, Temporary Transfer to US Naval Hospital Mare Island CA
  Mar 27, 1943, Received from US Naval Hospital Mare Island, CA
  Apr 27, 1943, Transferred to ComSubDiv-21 Relief Crew
  Sep 09, 1943, Received on USS Essex for further transfer COMSUBLANT for New Construction
  Nov 28, 1943, Received on USS Tang
  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 28, 2017, General Photos1
 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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