The USS Tang is the most successful submarine in U.S. Naval history. From 1943-1944, the Tang sank 33 ships. On her last engagement on October 24, 1944, the Tang was sunk by a circular run of her final torpedo while patrolling the Formosa Straight in the South China Sea. The submarine dropped to 180 feet below the surface. Several crew members managed to escape th sunken vessel(out of 13 escapees, 9 made it to the surface), making them the first submariners to do so using a Momsem lung. they reached thr surface only to be captured by the wounded Japanese they had been attacking. They remained in a secret Japanese interrogation camp known as "The Torture Farm" until freed in August of 1945.
This embroidered patch features the flag of the Balao-class submarine, the USS Tang (SS-306).
•Measures 3" x 4"