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EDWARD L. BEACH (1163-1989)
United States Navy, Submarine Service
Most are aware of "Ned"
BEACH and his exemplary combat career during World War Two, but
what of the man himself? He was born into a naval family - his
father served in the United States Navy during three wars from the
Spanish-American War, the Philippine-American War and World War One.
Captain Beach Sr. ultimately commanded the battleship USS NEW YORK
(BB 34), so it was understood that BEACH Jr. would go
through the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.
|During a Sharkhunters Convention, Captain BEACH met Oberleutnant zur See HANS-GEORG HESS (125-1985), Skipper of U-995, and the two men - former enemies; became good friends.|
During the time he was a lower
classman at the Academy, he tuned in his radio to listen to the famous
fright drama "War of the Worlds" by H. G. Wells in which
aliens from outer space landed on the American east coast and were
killing people by the hundreds. This was a fictional story and the
announcer broke in frequently to tell the listening audience that it was
fiction - not real, and this attack was not happening.
He was a submarine officer
throughout World War Two and got his first command just before the
Japanese surrender. He was highly decorated during the war with
his highest award being Navy Cross
he received for his role in the attack on Japanese shipping in Quelpart
Harbor, Korea in which his boat USS TIRANTE (commanded by
Captain GEORGE STREET 2448-1992). He commanded the post-war
USS TRITON (SSN 586) for the first ever circumnavigation
of the world submerged.
Captain BEACH served ten years on
our Sharkhunters Advisory Board and you can see the
Board Members by clicking here TO THE ADVISORS PAGE
BEACH was also a strong, supportive Member of Sharkhunters and a good friend. He hand signed some of our
very rare fine art prints. Click on the prints to see their descriptions.
USS TIRANTE YESTERDAY'S ENEMIES - TODAY'S FRIENDS
Enjoy your morning coffee with Captain EDWARD L. BEACH. Click on the photo right for more information on this and other Sharkhunters Historic Coffee Mugs.
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