Lt Cmdr Howard W Gilmore, commander of the submarine USS Growler in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii upon receiving his first Navy Cross for an attack on three warships within the Kiska Island anchorage in the Aleutians, Jul 1942.

Caption     Lt Cmdr Howard W Gilmore, commander of the submarine USS Growler in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii upon receiving his first Navy Cross for an attack on three warships within the Kiska Island anchorage in the Aleutians, Jul 1942. ww2dbase
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Identification Code   NH 106205-A
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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
26 Dec 2020 08:18:35 PM

The citation that accompanied this award read:
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Commander Howard Walter Gilmore (NSN: O-60210), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. GROWLER (SS-215), on the FIRST War Patrol of that submarine during the period 29 June 1942 to 17 July 1942, in enemy controlled waters. During nine days in enemy controlled waters, Lieutenant Commander Gilmore, by expert maneuvering, boldly brought his submarine into an enemy-controlled harbor where men of war had been sighted and, in rapid succession, attacked three anchored 1700-ton Japanese destroyers with the result that the submarine sank two of these and seriously damaged the third. By skillful handling of his ship he was able to bring his ship home with only minor damages. Lieutenant Commander Gilmore's courage, determination and fine seamanship throughout these operations were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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