Zofcin, George, MoMM1c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
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
1941 - 1944
MoMM - Motor Machinistmate/Oiler

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Home State
Ohio
Ohio
Year of Birth
1920
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Cleveland, OH
Last Address
67 Stoneyford Ave
San Francisco, CA

Casualty Date
Oct 25, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1938, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Naval Submarine SchoolUS NavyCOMNAVSUBFORUSS Tunny (SSG-282)
USS Tang (SS-306)
  1941-1941, FA-0000, Naval Submarine School
  1942-1942, FA-0000, USS R-14 (SS-91)
  1942-1942, FA-0000, Det Mare Island, COMSUBDEVGRU ONE (CSDG-1)
  1942-1943, FN-0000, USS Tunny (SSG-282)
  1943-1944, MO-0000, USS Tang (SS-306)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1941-1945 World War II
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
After a record patrol on the night of October 24, 1944 the USS Tang attacked a convoy and was going to fire her last 2 torpedoes at a crippled Japanese merchant ship and then head for home. The last torpedo fired went erratic and it made a circular run striking the Tang in the stern. 

Out of 87 Tang crew members only 9 men escaped from the submarine, George Zofcin was not one of the 9. Unable to escape, he went down with the Tang and is now on Eternal Patrol in the Formosa Strait near Turnabout Island. 

He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star and the Purple Heart.

Service Information from Muster Reports
Enter Service as F3c on Oct 20, 1941
Service Number 283 61 93
Home was Cleveland Ohio
Checked on USS -R-19 July 2, 1942 from S/M Base New London, CONN for duty under instruction in Submarines. 
Release on July 29, 1942 to Navy Yard Mare Island, CA for Duty under instruction in Submarines. 
Checked on USS Tunny Sept 1, 1942 as F3c 
12 Jan 1942 promoted to F2c on USS Tunny
1 April 1943 Promoted to F1c on USS Tunny
3 May 1943 Transfer to Submarine Division 44 
Received onboard USS Tang 
Next Muster Report show him on USS Tang as MOM2c on Dec 31, 1943 
1 Jan 1944 Promoted to MOMM1c 
Missing 25 Oct  1944
Missing 25 Oct, 1944
Status Change to Presumed Dead on Jan 7 1946
   
Comments/Citation
Tang received four battle stars and two Presidential Unit Citations for World War II service. Her commanding officer received the Medal of Honor for Tang?s final action.

Tang is credited with sinking 31 ships in her five patrols, totaling 227,800 tons, and damaging two for 4,100 tons. This record is unequaled among American submarines.

                                  

   
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