Rush and Rendernick
The submarine USS Billfish (SS-286) was patrolling enemy controlled waters in Makassar Strait on 11 November 1943, when she was discovered by a Japanese destroyer. The aggressive destroyer captain pressed the attack, and soon the U.S. submarine had suffered major damage, including serious leaks through her stern tubes and a dangerous rupture in her pressure hull aft. She was forced to a depth of 580 feet, almost 170 feet below her test depth, as the destroyer continued to pound her with a relentless barrage of depth charges.
With the submarine hovering just above crush depth and dangerous fumes incapacitating many of her crew, young Lieutenant Charles Rush found himself the senior man still able to function.