needed every vessel they could get during
World War II and that included the
Tiger, a broken-down pink submarine
said to be held together with "a
couple of half hitches and a Band-Aid."
The Sea Tiger with its
crew of officers and seamen were stationed
in the South Pacific and assigned to patrol
the region for downed airmen and sailors (or
perchance sink a Jap sub or shot down enemy
The submarine's unique pink
color was the result of having to set to sea
with only a primer coat on its hull after a
Japanese air attack destroyed the stockpile
of gray paint to be used for the final
Holden, and Sherman
The submarine's color seemed
appropriate because soon into the mission,
the USS Sea Tiger rescued a group of
Army nurses from a Pacific Island who became
unwilling guests onboard the roaming
submarine filled with 35 really lonely men.
The sub's initial command
staff included Lt. Cdr. Matthew Sherman; Lt.
Nick Holden (supply officer); and Army Major
Edna Howard, the head of the nurses.
The original command staff
was later replaced by Lt. Cmdr. Haller as
the new skipper, Lt. Mike Bender as supply
officer and Army Lt. Katherine O'Hara as the
leader of a bunch of new nurses.