2012-09-20 / Local & State

Marl “Tink’’ Garlock Memorial Service To Be Held On USS Requin


A memorial service honoring Fulton County native Marl H. “Tink” Garlock Jr., will be held on board the submarine where he died on September 21, 1962.

The USS Requin Base of the USSVI Pittsburgh, Pa., will conduct the service on Friday, September 21, at 9 a.m. on board the USS Requin now moored in Norfolk, Va. Machinist’s Mate Second Class Garlock was asphyxiated while working with cleaning solvent in the pump room of the submarine. He was just 21 years old. He was the brother of former county commissioner Robert “Bob” Garlock and the son of the late state Rep. Marl and Helen Garlock.

The service marking 50 years since his death will be attended by members of the Garlock family and friends as well as by many shipmates who served on the submarine. There will also be an honor guard, color guard, bagpiper, Navy personnel, guests and dignitaries in attendance. Participants are to be presented with a minted “Tink” Garlock memorial coin and will attend a luncheon at the Teutonia Mannerchor (German Club) following the service.

Nearly 1,200 men served on the Requin during its 23 years in service. Garlock was the only man to have died on board. The U.S. Submarine Veterans organization for submarine veterans estimates there are 112 former Requin sailors throughout the country, with seven living in Pennsylvania.

The sponsoring organization USSVI Creed is: “To perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of duties while serving their country. That their dedication, deeds and supreme sacrifice be a constant source of motivation toward greater accomplishments. Pledge loyalty and patriotism to the United States of America and its constitution.”

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