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The Official Magazine of the U.S. Submarine Force

Vice Adm. Charles A. "Chas" Richard
Commander, Submarine Forces
Commander, Submarine Force, Atlantic

Rear Adm. Blake Converse
Deputy Commander, Submarine Forces
Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet

Rear Adm. Tom E. Ishee
Director, Undersea Warfare Division (N97)

Master Chief Petty Officer John J. Perryman
COMSUBLANT Force Master Chief

Master Chief Petty Officer Paul J. Davenport
COMSUBPAC Force Master Chief

Cmdr. Jodie K. Cornell
COMSUBLANT Public Affairs Officer

Cmdr. Cynthia (Cindy) Fields
COMSUBPAC Public Affairs Officer

Lt. Cmdr. P. Brent Shrader
Military Editor

Rick Johnston, WBB, Inc.
Senior Editor

Thomas Lee, WBB, Inc.
Managing Editor

Rick Johnston, WBB, Inc.
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Rick Johnston, WBB, Inc.

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UNDERSEA WARFARE is the professional magazine of the undersea warfare community. Its purpose is to educate its readers on undersea warfare missions and programs, with a particular focus on U.S. submarines. This journal will also draw upon the Submarine Force’s rich historical legacy to instill a sense of pride and professionalism among community members and to enhance reader awareness of the increasing relevance of undersea warfare for our nation’s defense.

The opinions and assertions herein are the personal views of
the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official views of
the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, or the Department of the Navy.

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UNDERSEA WARFARE (ISSN 1554-0146) is published quarterly from appropriated funds by authority of the Chief of Naval Operations in accordance with NPPR P-35. The Secretary of the Navy has determined that this publication is necessary in the transaction of business required by law of the Department of the Navy. Use of funds for printing this publication has been approved by the Navy Publications and Printing Policy Committee. Reproductions are encouraged with proper attribution. Controlled circulation.



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In keeping with UNDERSEA WARFARE Magazine's charter as the Official Magazine of the U.S. Submarine Force, we welcome letters to the editor, questions relating to articles that have appeared in previous issues, and insights and "lessons learned" from the fleet.

UNDERSEA WARFARE Magazine reserves the right to edit submissions for length, clarity, and accuracy. All submissions become the property of UNDERSEA WARFARE Magazine and may be published in all media.

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Cmdr. Howard W. Gilmore
Commanding Officer USS Growler

“For distinguished gallantry and valor above and beyond the call of duty as Commanding Officer of the USS GROWLER during her Fourth War Patrol in the Southwest Pacific from 10 January 1943 to 7 February 1943. Boldly striking at the enemy in spite of continuous hostile air and anti- submarine patrols, Commander Gilmore sank one Japanese freighter and damaged another by torpedo fire, successfully evading severe depth charges following each attack. In the darkness of night on 7 February, an enemy gunboat closed range and prepared to ram the USS GROWLER. He daringly maneuvered to avoid the crash and rammed the attacker instead, ripping into her port side at 17 knots and bursting wide her plates. In the terrific fire of the sinking gunboat’s heavy machine guns, Commander Gilmore calmly gave the order to clear the bridge, and refusing safety for himself, remained on deck while his men preceded him below. Struck down by the fusillade of bullets and having done his utmost against the enemy, in his final living moments, Commander Gilmore gave his last order to the officer of the deck, ”Take her down.” The USS GROWLER dived; seriously damaged but under control, she was brought safely to port by her well-trained crew inspired by the courageous fighting spirit of their dead Captain, By his prompt actions and valiant spirit of self-sacrifice, Commander Gilmore reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.”