THE SILENT SERVICE "The USS Tirante plays a Hunch"1957
This is the eleventh episode of the U.S. war series, "The Silent Service". The series was about the exploits of the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet. Each episode is a stand-alone tale of the actions of a particular submarine. Most of the stories are about actions against the Japanese Navy and merchant fleet in the Pacific. There is also the odd tale from the Korean conflict. The series ran for 78 episodes during 1957 and 1958. The stories were all based on actual events. Some pretty good attention to detail here with the U.S Navy allowing filming on several WW 2 era Gato class subs.
Each episode started and ended with retired Real Admiral Thomas M. Dykers giving a breakdown of the action. Dykers became a writer, producer and technical adviser after leaving the service. He worked on films such as, TORPEDO ALLEY, FLAT TOP, THE FROGMEN, HELL AND HIGH WATER and SUBMARINE COMMAND.
This episode is about the "Tirante". It is March 1945 and the "Triante" is cruising off Southern Japan on her very first wartime patrol. They are to patrol the shipping lanes between Korea and Japan. She is lucky right from the get go sinking 6 Japanese ships of various types. She also under goes a rather vigorous round of depth charges from one of the escorts.
Escaping the escort, the "Triante" now heads for Korean waters. By this time in the war, the Japanese were so short of ships that they were using even small junks to move supplies. The "Triante" stops and sinks several of these. Off one of the small craft, a Korean sailor offers info on a convoy hiding off a small island.
The "Triante" sneaks in to the anchorage on the surface and sinks a trio of Japanese ships, a cargo ship and two escorts. She then hot foots it out of the area before any Japanese aircraft can show. The commanding officer, George Street would be awarded the Medal of Honor for this mission. Also among the crew members on the "Triante" were author Edward L Beach, future actor, Theo Marcuse and future governor of Massachusetts, Endicott Peabody. Beach wrote the novel, RUN SILENT, RUN DEEP.
The cast in this episode includes, Glen Veron, Kelly Thordsen, Thom Carney, Charles H Gray and Russell Johnson. Johnson played "The Professor" on the 60's cult series, GILLIGAN'S ISLAND.
The "Triante" served after the war as a test ship and was decommissioned in 1973 and scrapped the following year.
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