|Born||17 Jul 1907|
|Died||11 Oct 1943|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseLieutenant Commander Dudley "Mush" Morton was a submarine commander who was made into a hero by the American mass media. Under this 1930 Naval Academy graduate's command, his boat, the USS Wahoo, attacked a convoy and sunk two freighters and a transport. The boat then surfaced and machine-gunned the drowning troops who escaped from their sinking transport. In spring 1943, his patrol in the Yellow Sea saw 9 ships sunk, breaking a record for submarines. Morton received a Navy Cross and the Distinguished Service Cross; during his tenure as Wahoo's captain, the boat sunk 19 Japanese cargo and transport ships totaling 55,000 tons.
ww2dbaseUSS Wahoo was reported missing in Oct 1943 near or in the Sea of Japan. Japanese records show that a Japanese aircraft depth-charged and destroyed an American submarine on 11 Oct 1943 near La Pérouse Strait; it was likely USS Wahoo, with Morton onboard.
ww2dbaseIn 1960 Vice Admiral Charles Lockwood wrote about Morton (in the foreword for the book Wake of the Wahoo) "[w]hen a natural leader and born daredevil such as Mush Morton is given command of a submarine, the result can only be a fighting ship of the highest order, with officers and men who would follow their skipper to the Gates of Hell.... And they did."
ww2dbaseForrest Sherman-class destroyer DD-948 was named in Mush Morton's honor in 1959.
Dan van der Vat, Pacific Campaign
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|17 Jul 1907||Dudley Morton was born.|
|11 Oct 1943||Dudley Morton was killed in the sinking of USS Wahoo by Japanese anti-submarine aircraft in La Pérouse Strait between Hokkaido and Karafuto (Sakhalin), Japan.|
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