The Basil C. Pearce
Chapter of the Submarine Veterans of World War II was organized
in 1957 by veterans in Northeast Florida. This was the first chapter
in the United States named for a lost submariner. Learn more about
Basil Pearce, who was lost on
the USS Tang (SS 306).
This group did the
fundraising and supervised the building of the Tang memorial on
the banks of the St. Johns River in Palatka, Florida. The
memorial is across the river from the home where Basil Pearce
grew up with his parents, Senator and Mrs. B. C. Pearce, Sr.,
and his sister Nancy.
Basil was a popular
young man in the area and his close friend, Gerald A. Merwin,
Sr., was the primary veteran behind the formation of the chapter
and also the design and building of the memorial.