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The story of Tang and her gallant crew ranks with the most amazing of naval history.

Between August 1943 when she was commissioned and her loss in fall 1944, Tang completed four missions and was on her fifth in the Formosa Strait, single-handedly demolishing a convey. During this time, Tang had one captain: Commander Richard Hetherington O'Kane. Together, Tang, her crew of 86 men, and her captain sank more tonnage and more enemy ships than any other submarine on active patrol. 

Whether rescuing Navy fliers off Truk or stalking enemy convoys off Japan, Tang carried the war to the enemy with unparalleled ferocity.

©1977 Richard H. O'Kane (P)2020 Tantor

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An Admiral gives a lively portrayal of ww2 sub

What I would have preferred is his life story going through all the trials and tribulations of his Navy career leading up to commanding the Tang. That makes the beginning a little slow since he just touches on his life leading up to the main event. But once he gets to the point, it becomes very interesting. The Admiral shares what it is really like to captain a sub during WW2. Not just any sub, but one that saw a lot of action.

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TANG was far and away the best of a great lot!

I originally read this book when it first came out in paperback and became a fan of all Submarine books. This is a MUST READ! In all of military history books! Dick O'kane is a legend in Submarine warfare. Tangs record of ships sunk in basically 4 patrols, with the 5th being mostly a lifeguard patrol has NO equal in Submarine history! Had Tang not been lost by the tragedy of her last patrol, she might have gone on to many more sinkings! O'kane and Tang were the best!

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Tang America’s fighting submarine

What a great book. Come aboard Tang and fight your way with its crew. Great narration and stunning details put you in the fight.

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Captivating...

At first I was a little disappointed in the narration but the story was so cool I eventually got over it. This accounting of a true story has renewed my interest in sub stories not to mention increasing my awe and respect for those that served in the submarine service. True heroes - every one of you!

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Great book!

I love the technical aspect of it. I learned more than I ever thought I could know about submarines all in an exciting adventure. What an amazing man and an amazing leader.

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a great read

loved it kept you on the edge of your seat the whole time almost couldn't put it down

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Amazing book!

A gripping story line and detailed events give insight to what daily life of a WWll submariner was like. Overall a great listen, and well worth my time and money.
The only reason why I don't give 5 stars is because of the "fluff" in the storyline at times. Unnecessary or repetitive details that sometimes drag on, when the 2x playback speed button is the main thing keeping me from setting the book down entirely. These boring details aren't entirely pointless, because the life of a submariner was like that...lots of slow times punctuated by occasional fast-paced skirmishes or other crazy challenges. But seriously, this book could be around 3 hours shorter and be just fine.
Thank you!

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The top five books I've ever read or listen to

Perhaps because I was in the submarine service I could almost put myself onboard the Tang. almost but certainly not like the brave crew aboard her. Never a braver bunch of men ever lived.

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the end of the story was best

the story itself was exciting especially at the end. knowing nothing of submarines or the language made it a bit monotonous listening to the locations etc. my heart swells with pride for the men who served and sad that many never got the credit they deserved

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Excellent!

Very through account. Complements his book on Wahoo. You get a better appreciation of the skill, patience and bravery of our civilian and professional troops.