Retired Rear Adm. Richard O'Kane, 83, who won the Medal of...

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February 23, 1994

Retired Rear Adm. Richard O'Kane, 83, who won the Medal of Honor as commander of the USS Tang submarine in the South Pacific during World War II, died Feb. 16 of pneumonia in Petaluma, Calif. Under Admiral O'Kane, the Tang sank a Japanese ship every 11 days on five patrols and rescued scores of American fliers. When the sub was destroyed by one of its own torpedoes, he and eight of his men were held prisoner near Tokyo for 10 months. He later commanded the Submarine School in New London, Conn., and wrote two books about his war experiences: "Clear the Bridge" in 1977 and "Wahoo" in 1987.

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