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LTJG John Henry Heubeck

LTJG John Henry Heubeck

McDonogh, Baltimore County, Maryland, USA
Death 25 Oct 1944 (aged 24)
At Sea
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 130871938 · View Source
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Son of Elmer Heubeck who resided in McDonogh, Maryland.

John served as a Lieutenant Junior Grade, U.S.S. Tang (SS-306), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in McDonogh, Baltimore County, Maryland prior to the war.

The U.S.S. Tang, on her 5th and finally patrol, was patrolling off Kiushan Tao Island in the China sea when she fired her last torpedo which made a circular run and struck the Tang abreast. 78 men were lost and there were 9 who survived and became POW's of the Japanese.

John was declared "Missing In Action" in the Tang's sinking during the war.

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

Service # O-148102

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

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Below info submitted by: John Dowdy

Lieutenant JG. John H. Heubeck MIA/KIA
Official Date of Death: December 07, 1945
Hometown: Baltimore Maryland
Service # 0-148102
Awards: Silver Star, Purple Heart, Navy Presidential Unit Citation W/Star Navy Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Submarine Combat Patrol Insignia
Captain: Richard H. O'Kane MIA/KIA

Ship: USS TANG SS-306
Mission: Fifth war patrol
Mission Date: 25-Oct-44
Location: Formosa Strait near Turnabout Island
Cause: Sunk by circular run of own torpedo
Crew: of 78 MIA/KIA 9 Survivors POW

The story of Tang's fate comes from the report of her surviving commanding officer.
After a refit, Tang stood out to sea on 24 September for her fifth war patrol.
October 25 the 24th and last torpedo was fired. It broached and curved to the left in a circular run. Tang fishtailed under emergency power to clear the turning circle of the torpedo, but it struck her abreast the aft torpedo room approximately 20 seconds after it was fired. The explosion was violent, and men as far forward as the control room received broken limbs. The ship went down by the stern with the after three compartments flooded. Of the nine officers and men on the bridge, including O'Kane, three were able to swim through the night until picked up eight hours later. One officer escaped from the flooded conning tower, and was rescued with the others.

The submarine bottomed at 180 ft (55 m) and the thirty survivors crowded into the forward torpedo room as the aft compartments flooded, intending to use the forward escape trunk. Publications were burned, and all assembled in the forward room to escape. The escape was delayed by a Japanese patrol which dropped depth charges, and started an electrical fire in the forward battery. Beginning at 6:00 AM on 25 October, using the Momsen Lung, "the only known case" where it was used, thirteen men escaped from the forward torpedo room. By the time the last had exited, the heat from the battery fire was so intense, paint on the bulkhead was scorching, melting, and running down. Of the 13 men who escaped, only nine reached the surface, and of these, five were able to swim until rescued. A total of 78 men were lost. Those who escaped the submarine were greeted in the morning by the sight of the bow of the transport sticking straight out of the water.

Nine survivors, including O'Kane, were picked up the next morning by Japanese frigate CD-34. Survivors of Tang's previous sinkings were on board, and they beat the men from Tang. O'Kane stated, "When we realized that our clubbing and kickings were being administered by the burned, mutilated survivors of our handiwork, we found we could take it with less prejudice." The nine captives were placed in prison camps until the end of the war.

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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: John Dowdy
  • Added: 4 Jun 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 130871938
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for LTJG John Henry Heubeck (8 Apr 1920–25 Oct 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 130871938, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .