Oldest surviving submarine commander passes away

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Oldest surviving submarine commander passes away

 Galway said goodbye this week to Commander Bill King of Oranmore Castle, who passed away last Friday at the age of 102.

One of Galway’s best-loved characters, Commander King was the oldest surviving World War submarine commander and led a life of adventure as a navel officer, yachtsman and author.

Having joined the Royal Navy on HMS Resolution in 1927, he worked his way up through the ranks before patrolling the North Sea during World War II as Commanding Officer of the T-class submarine HMS Telemachus.

Retiring from the service in 1948, he was decorated with the Distinguished Service Order, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Battle of Britain Star, the Burma Star and the Arctic Emblem.

After his retirement, Commander King married his wife Anita and moved to Oranmore Castle after buying it for just £200 and setting about refurbishing the dilapidated building to…

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