George Levick Street III
by former shipmates and admirers

Street was born in Richmond, Virginia on 27 July 1913 and entered the Navy between the wars. By the time he reported aboard as Tirante's first Commanding Officer in November 1944, Street had already made nine war patrols on USS Gar (SS-206). Moreover, his Executive Officer, then-LT Edward L. "Ned" Beach, later to become well known as the author of Run Silent, Run Deep and many other books of naval literature, was himself a veteran of ten patrols on USS Trigger (SS-237). After shakedown training in Long Island Sound and off Panama and Oahu, Tirante departed Pearl Harbor on 3 March 1945 for her first war patrol and headed via Saipan for the approaches to Nagasaki west of Kyushu, athwart Japanese communication lines from Shanghai, Dairen, and Tsingtao. On 25 March, she claimed her first victim, the 700-ton tanker Fuji Maru off Kagoshima and three days later sank the 1,200-ton freighter Nase Maru. The ensuing counter-attack by Japanese escorts kept Tirante down for seven hours, but she managed to slip away without damage and sank a 100-ton lugger on 31 March.

(above extract from the US Navy tribute to George Street)  


Message from Bob Garlock to Jerry Cornelison

Jerry, I'm a non-qual if you did not know but have a vested interest in Subs and Shipmates as I lost a brother on Requin 21 SEP 1962.

The Requin Shipmates gave me the handle Requin Reunion Man as I'm the one that has more than 350 current names and addresses of former shipmates.

At the 1998 Reunion we were privileged to again have 5 former Skippers in Attendance. One just happened to be George Street. When I arrived at the hotel I was given a message....Capt George Street would like to see you in his room. ( I was alarmed in that he had trouble getting room reservations and had phoned me at home about 10 days earlier). My thoughts were, oh my what has gone wrong?

I phoned his room, made arrangements to go up and did just that.

The gentleman invited me in and asked me to sit down and talk. He related how he was awarded the Congressional Medal Of Honor...He said I did not deserve it but the men on my boat did......

He then asked me to tell him how my brother was killed and we had a nice visit.

When it came time to go down to Requin he requested that I be the one to accompany him. When it came time to go down the stairs I asked to go in front. He was frail and I did not want him to fall. Capt. George Street was my very own personal tour guide. Fortunately there are photos of him while on board Requin and just as he was departing.

I feel certain that Requin was the last boat he was ever on. Since we had the first Reunion in 92 we have lost former Skippers, Frothingham, Hank Bress, George Green and Capt George Street.

Capt Frothingham was Skipper when my brother came on board Requin, we became good friends.

I know first hand how you will always cherish your visit. It is great that God gives us the ability to remember and cherish the good times. Capt Steet was our dinner speaker, he held the group in awe as he recounted the actions that led to his MOH.

It cuts deeply to learn another shipmate has gone On Eternal Patrol. That is the hardest thing about being the one that sends out newsletters and tries to keep everyone in touch.

Vic Casciola: I met Capt George Street at the 98' Requin reunion and had the honor to spend a day chauffering him around and taking him to lunch at the Carnege Science Center. I was held in awe by how humble and gentle this great man was. I thanked him for helping to save our world during WWII and how much he was admired as a true American Hero. I was deeply saddened by his passing and wish him rest and peace under GOD's wing.

Your admirer and fellow submariner,

Vic Casciola RM3(SS)
USS Cobbler (SS344) 58'-60'
USS Requin (SS481) 60'-62'

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