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Accardy, John George, SM3c.
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Home Town Darien, CT
Last Address 3362 Copely Ave San Diego, CA
Casualty Date Oct 25, 1944
Cause Non Hostile- Body Not Recovered
Location Pacific Ocean
Conflict World War II
Location of Interment Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates (cenotaph)
Military Service Number Not Specified
Last Known Activity
USS Tang (SS-306) was on her fifth war patrol when she came upon a Japanese convoy. On the morning of 24 October 1944 she had sunk three ships when she fired her 24th and last torpedo. That torpedo turned to the left, making a circular turn. Tang tried to clear the path of the torpedo, but was struck by her own torpedo and sank. Nine men survived, and spent the war as Prisoners of War. Signalman, Third Class Accardy was listed as missing in action and later declared dead 7 December 1945.
Service number: 8789732
Submarine war patrols: USS Tang (SS-306) - 5th
Presidential Unit Citation
For extraordinary heroism in action during her Fourth War Patrol against enemy Japanese shipping in the Honshu Area from July 31 to September 3, 1944, and her Fifth War Patrol in Formosa Straits, September 27 to October 24,1944. Boldly searching out the enemy through perilous coastline shoal waters to establish contact with a large hostile convoy, the USS Tang penetrated a heavy escort screen to launch a series of smashing torpedo attacks and sink five Japanese ships totaling 22,500 tons. With every surface unit vital to the enemy during accelerated hostilities pointing toward the crucial battle for Leyte Gulf, the Tang daringly challenged two large, well armed, heavily escorted convoys bound for the Philippines with reinforcements and supplies. Operating without support and in heroic defiance of severe countermeasures, she attacked relentlessly from all sides, waging furious battle against terrific odds and climaxing her aggressive Fifth Patrol by sending every ship of both convoys to the bottom. A seaworthy fighting ship, handled brilliantly by her gallant officers and men, the Tang rounded out her previous distinguished record of achievement by her crushing blows against the enemy's power to wage war, therefore materially furthering the vital operations to control the Pacific and upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
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