25, 1944 - Painting by Fred Freeman of Tang's crew attempting to escape
the sunken submarine. Ultimately,
Jesse Dasilva, Clayton Decker,
Pete Narowanski, Hayes Trukke, and Ens. Henry
Flanagan made it to the surface using Momsen lungs. They joined LCdr. Richard
William Liebold who were swept from the bridge following the initial torpedo
Lawrence Savadkin escaped from the flooded conning tower using free ascent.
All Tang survivors were transported to Ofuna prison camp located at
139*33E, two blocks south of Ofuna station within the angle formed by the railroad
lines. The camp was a 180 square foot area surrounded by barbed wire 10 feet
- A group of prisoners including
Floyd Caverly, Jesse Dasilva, Clay Decker, Bill Liebold, Pete Narowanski and
Hayes Trukke were transferred from Ofuna to Omori, an island POW camp near Yokohama.
This camp is on an artificial island east of Omori Station (35*35'N., 139*44'30"E.).
It was connected to the Tokyo-Yokohama road by a wooden bridge 200 meters long.
- Hank Flanagan, Larry Savadkin and Dick O'Kane were transferred to Omori
as well. The island was 1237' x 330'; the stockade, 500' x 300', is on
the north end of the island. There were 18
buildings of wood construction in the stockade; these were surrounded by a wall
three meters high. Trenches were dug to serve as air-raid shelters. Prisoners
numbered 611 on February 11, 1945.
15, 1945 - Prisoners at Omori wave to low flying carrier aircraft from
the USS Shangri-La. Containers of food were dropped to the prisoners
to assist them prior to evacuation.
Naval forces arrive to expatriate the prisoners of Omori. The flags of Great
Britain, Holland and the United States have been crafted to celebrate victory
29, 1945 - Clay
Decker of Tang (standing over the "x") cheers
the arrival of allied forces. The jubilation of the prisoners was so intense
the naval craft found it almost impossible to land at the piers.
Aboard the USS Reeves, Captain O'Kane, despite being desperately
ill, stands with USMC ace Major Greg "Pappy" Boyington
and the CO of the ship.
The field jacket hides his emaciated frame -- his weight at
liberation was under 100 pounds. O'Kane was transferred immediately to the
hospital ship Benevolence where
a medical assessment rated his odds of survival at 50-50. He slowly recovered
from a life threatening fever, malnutrition, dysentery and jaundice.