Congratulatory radio dispatch from Vice Admiral Thomas Kinkaid,
Commander of the U.S. Seventh Fleet, to the Darter and Dace crews aboard
the USS Dace (SS-247) on October 25th, 1944, enroute to Fremantle, Australia.
The dispatch was typed by a Dace Radioman, then Commander David
McClintock of the Darter posted it on the bulletin board in the Crew's
Mess of the Dace. On November 5th, the Dace arrived in Freemantle. As he
departed the Dace by climbing the ladder in the After Battery Crew's Mess,
Frank Ruma reached over, pulled the radio dispatch off of the bulletin
board and put it into his dungaree pocket.
(Image Courtesy of James Ruma, son of
Frank Ruma, TM1(SS), Darter, 3/44-10/44; and TMC(SS), Menhaden, 6/45-10/45)
Framed Letter and Photograph from Vice Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid
to Captain David H. McClintock
Close-up of Vice Admiral Thomas Kinkaid's letter to Captain
CONTENTS OF THE LETTER:
ADMIRAL KINKAID WROTE ON THE PHOTOGRAPH:
ADMIRAL THOMAS C. KINKAID, U.S.N. (RET)
2134 R STREET, N. W.
WASHINGTON 8, D. C.
28 May 1958
I send you an autographed photograph with
You gave us in Leyte Gulf the first positive
information of the near approach of Japanese Forces. We had a whole day
to make our plans and dispositions.
Your attacks, with Darter and Dace, upon
Kurita's columns, after pacing them through the night in Palawan Passage,
was a magnificent performance. Not only were two cruisers sunk and a third
seriously damaged but Admiral Kurita, whose cruiser flagship was sunk,
was forced to shift to a strange ship, the Yamato. In so doing, he was
separated from most of his highly trained and experienced staff and communications
personnel which were not available to him during the naval actions of 24
and 25 October. Any flag officer who has commanded naval forces in action
will readily understand what that means.
The war-time Seventh Fleet owes you a
debt of gratitude which I hereby acknowledge.
With all good wishes,
Thomas C. Kinkaid
(Images and Contents Courtesy of David H. McClintock, III, grandson
of Captain David H. McClintock, Commanding Officer of the USS Darter (SS-227)
from May 30th to October 24th, 1944)
To Captain D. H. McClintock --
With admiration and gratitude for your courageous and effective
attack upon Kurita's columns in Palawan Passage, 23 October, 1944.
Thomas C. Kinkaid
Admiral, U.S. Navy