Two days ago, I gave the story of the greatest Naval Aviator of World War II: David McCampbell. Today, we get the story of the greatest submarine officer and commander of the war, who was credited with sinking 31 Japanese vessels as the commanding officer of the USS Tang (SS-306). Richard Hetherington O’Kane was born in Dover, New Hampshire on February 2, 1911. He graduated with the United States Naval Academy class of 1934 and commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy and later volunteered for submarine duty in 1938.
Chris Carr was born with the name Christos H. Karaberis on April 6, 1914 in Manchester, New Hampshire. After World War II, he legally changed his name. His service to the United States for the war began on October 21, 1942 when he was drafted at age 28. Carr had been working as a fisherman.