|Birth: ||Dec. 20, 1919|
|Death: ||Oct. 25, 1944, China|
Chief Pharmacist's Mate Paul Larson enlisted in Los Angeles, California into the US Navy and volunteered for the Submarine Service during WWII.
He was assigned to the USS Tang (SS 306) commanded by CDR R. H. O'Kane. He was highly respected by the other crew members according to the remaining Tang Survivors.
On the night of October 24, 1944 the USS Tang was finishing off a record war patrol and she had attacked a convoy. O'Kane was going to fire her last two torpedoes at a crippled Japanese merchant ship and then head for home. The last torpedo fired went erratic and made a circular run striking the Tang in the stern. Out of 87 Tang crew members only 9 men escaped from the submarine and/or survived the night. After giving aid to the men in the crippled submarine Tang 180 feet below the surface, Paul Larson escaped from the submerged Tang but upon reaching the surface had serious problems from his assent. He survived the night with the help of other Tang sailors who clung to the escape buoy and later the improvised assent buoy (a Japanese Maru life-ring). He was eventually brought aboard the Japanese rescue boat, but due to his poor condition the Japanese crew members threw him back into the water to die.
He is now on Eternal Patrol in the Formosa Strait near Turnabout Island.
After the war he was posthumously awarded Silver Star and the Purple Heart.
Sailor rest our oar.
Body lost at sea
Specifically: Still aboard the Tang, on eternal patrol
Created by: Dave Jones
Record added: Mar 27, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 25572638
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