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Trivia Quiz - Richard “Dick” O'Kane: The Bravest Man


Rear Admiral Richard Hetherington “Dick” O'Kane (February 2, 1911 – February 16, 1994) was a United States Navy submarine commander in World War II, who received a Medal of Honor for his service on the USS Tang (SS-306).

Quiz Number: 4051
Date Submitted: September 08, 2011
Quiz Categories: American History, World War II, American Military
Quiz Type: Personality Quiz
Author: patrickryan
Average Score: 59 percent
Times Taken: 30 times
Taken by Registered Users: 3
Quiz is about: Richard O'Kane

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Richard “Dick” OKane The Bravest Man
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1. O'Kane was born in Dover, New Hampshire, and graduated from what university?
  A.   US Merchant Marine Academy
  B.   MIT
  C.   US Naval Academy
  D.   New Hampshire Maritime College

2. What was O'Kane's position on the USS Wahoo?
  A.   Captain
  B.   Executive Officer
  C.   Deck Officer
  D.   Gunnery Officer

3. How many ships did the USS Tang sink under Capt. O'Kane?
  A.   21
  B.   24
  C.   31
  D.   34

4. O'Kane and the USS Tang did 'Lifeguard Duty' during Pacific fleet battles. What did this entail?
  A.   Rescuing sailors from doomed ships.
  B.   Watching the Japanese fleet, to let the US Fleet know where they were.
  C.   Rescuing downed airman from the US carriers.
  D.   Saving sailors from sunken US Submarines.

5. The USS Tang saved a number of in the Pacific in one mission, a record that earned them the Presidential Unit Commendation. How many were saved?
  A.   12
  B.   22
  C.   32
  D.   42

6. The Tang and O'Kane's third patrol, into the Yellow Sea, ranked first in the war patrol records for number of ships sunk in a single patrol. How many ships did they sink?
  A.   4
  B.   10
  C.   14
  D.   20

7. What was the ultimate fate of the USS Tang?
  A.   Sunk by a faulty US torpedo
  B.   Museum in Chicago, Illinois
  C.   Sunk by by a Japanese Destroyer
  D.   Run aground and destroyed by the crew

8. How did O'Kane leave the USS Tang?
  A.   Captured by the Japanese
  B.   Killed in action
  C.   Nervous breakdown; hospitalized for the last six months of the war
  D.   Transfere to the USS Nautilus

9. What medal did Captain O'Kane receive for his "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity" during his submarine's final operations against Japanese shipping?
  A.   Legion of Merit
  B.   Navy Cross
  C.   Medal of Honor
  D.   Prisoner of War Medal

10. The USS Argonaut was O'Kane's first boat. How long did the boat survive the Pacific war after O'Kane left for the USS Wahoo?
  A.   4 days
  B.   4 weeks
  C.   4 months
  D.   4 years


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