Captain GEORGE STREET was in command of USS TIRANTE on 14 April 1945 when they came into the Japanese held Korean anchorage at Quelpart.  STREET noticed unusually heavy patrols off the harbor mouth and he thought there might be something in the harbor worth investigating.  Waiting until the patrols left a gap, he ran TIRANTE past the picket line and into the anchorage where he saw a large Japanese ship at anchor.  The ship was not moving, making it an easy shot and STREET fired.

The ship erupted in a "V" shaped sheet of white flame and in the glare, two Japanese escorts were seen - so STREET sank them, too.


As they were departing the anchorage, STREET ordered his gunnery crewmen to train all their weapons on the bridges of the escorts racing into the anchorage from their offshore patrol and he said that if he gave the command to fire, he
"wanted their bridge blown completely off the ship".  In the dark and in their hurry to enter the anchorage and get to the scene of the problems, the Japanese sailors did not see the sleek, dark shape of the submarine and TIRANTE slipped out into the open ocean.

Captain STREET was always helpful and supportive to Sharkhunters until his passing on 25 February 2000.  He and his former XO Captain "NED" BEACH (1164-1989), spent hours hand-signing 1,000 fine art prints that we offer for sale to keep Sharkhunters moving forward and to preserve the memories of these great men and their exploits.

Only four Submarine Service Medal of Honor recipients survived the War and all four were Members of Sharkhunters.

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