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CPO Floyd Murel "Friar Tuck" Caverly
Birth: Mar. 1, 1917
Cass County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Feb. 25, 2011
Tillamook County
Oregon, USA

Floyd enlisted in the US Navy in 1940. He went to radar school and then volunteered for the Submarine Service. His first and only wartime boat was the USS Tang in which he made five war patrols.
On October 24, 1944 the Tang was completing her fifth patrol in the Formosa Strait. The Tang's last assault was a night surface attack on a convoy. At approximately 1:25am she fired her last two torpedoes to sink a ship she had crippled. The last torpedo fired (the 24th) made a circular run and struck the Tang in her stern. Commander O'Kane immediately asked radar for the position of an enemy destroyer looming of the Tangs port bow. The tremendous damage done by the torpedo had partially knocked out the 1MC or intercom to the bridge. Floyd could hear the skipper but the skipper could not head Floyd. Floyd went to the conning tower to give O'Kane the position he requested. The executive officer pushed Floyd through the hatch and slammed it behind him. Floyd found himself on the bridge with the skipper and Boatswains mate Bill Leibold. Within a minute the submarine had sunk below the surface and the men that were on the bridge were adrift in the black waters of the Formosa Strait. Somehow in the darkness and confusion Floyd found his friend Bill Leibold (Boats) and Bill kept Floyd (Friar) alive by coaching him on when to take in breaths and get air instead of water while on the waves. Floyd kept Bill going through the night and into the next morning on what Bill Leibod calls "The big swim". Of the thirteen men who escaped the Tang, only nine survived the night. The next morning at 10:30 the nine survivors were picked up by an emery destroyer. The destroyer not knowing of the enemy's submarine's plight first thought the oil-covered men in the water. The survivors spent the rest of the war in 2 Japanese POW camps in Japan, Ofuna and Omari. Floyd returned home to his wife Leone and raised there two Children, a daughter Mary Ann and a son Richard. Floyd Retired from the US Navy in 1960.


World War II Navy Veteran Floyd Murel Caverly died February 26, 2011, at the age of 93.

Floyd was a native of Minnesota. He and his wife, Betty, settled in Oregon and were married for 28 years.

Floyd served aboard the USS Tang as their only radio technician. In 1977 the book, “Clear The Bridge!” written by Rear Admiral Richard O'Kane, told of her five patrols across the Pacific. In 1944 the Tang was destroyed by her own torpedo. Floyd and 8 other crew mates were picked up by the Japanese Merchant Marine boat and sent to the prison camp known as “The Torture Farm.” He spent the last 10 months of the war in Japan and was released after the war ended.

Floyd was awarded the Silver Star Medal, the Bronze Star Medal (with “V”), WWII Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal (with 1 Star), Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon (with 2 stars), and Submarine Combat Insignia (with 3 stars).

Floyd is survived by his wife Betty of Sheridan, daughter Mary Ann Jones of Nevada, son Richard of Maryland, stepchildren Linda Cleveland of Sheridan, Frank Carman of Minnesota, James Carman of Amity and Bruce Carman of McMinnville. Floyd is also survived by numerous nephews, nieces, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Floyd will be laid to rest in San Diego, CA at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery at a later date. At Floyd's request, no services will be held. To leave private online condolences, please visit

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  Leone M Caverly (1916 - 1969)
  Betty Louise Caverly (1931 - 2013)*
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Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA
Plot: Y, 25-A
Created by: Dave Jones
Record added: Feb 26, 2011
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CPO Floyd Murel Friar Tuck Caverly
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