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Memorials at U.S.S. Alabama BB-60 Mobile AL

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2008 6:36 pm    Post subject: Memorials at U.S.S. Alabama BB-60 Mobile AL Reply with quote

U.S.S. Alabama BB-60 Mobile AL

U.S.S. Herring (SS-233) Lost at sea, all hands, June 1, 1944

Memorial Plaque information: The Alabama Chapter of the U.S. Submarine Veterans of World War II has erected this plaque to honor the memory of shipmates serving in the U.S. Navy Submarine Herring lost will all hands on June 1, 1944 while Herring was attacking a Japanese convoy off Matsuwa Island, Kuriles. During this attack Herring sank Hiburi Maru, 3214 tons and Iwake Maru, 4365 tons. Herring, in turn, was sunk by two direct hits from enemy shore batteries. Herring had an outstanding record during World War II, serving in both the Atlantic and Pacific. During Herring's eight war patrols she sank 58502 tons of enemy shipping and damaged 8400 tons. The total of 13 ships sunk included the Nazi U-163 and Japanese destroyer escort Ishighaki.

"Take Her Down!"
Harold Walter Gilmore Commander USN U.S.S. Growler (SS-215)
b. Sept 29, 1902 Selma, AL Lost at Sea Feb. 7, 1943
Posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor

more info on Commander Gilmore from wikipedia.org click here...
Memorial Plaque information: For distinguished gallantry and valor above and beyond the call of duty as commanding officer of U.S. Submarine Growler (SS-215) during her fourth war patrol in the Southwest Pacific from 10 January to 7 February 1943. Boldly Striking at the enemy in spite of continuous hostile air and antisubmarine 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 Growler, Commander Gilmore daringly maneuvered to avoid the crash and rammed the attacker instead, ripping in to 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 calmy game the order '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". 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.

Other Navy awards conferred upon Commander Gilmore for Submarine Exploits against the enemy before his loss on Growler: Navy Cross with one gold star, Purple Heart Medal, American Defense Medal with Fleet Clasp, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Submarine Combat Insignia with Three Stars.

In Memory of the 52 U.S. Submarines lost during World War II and the valiant 3600 plus Submariners on 'Eternal Patrol'.

Major Dwayne Williams, Jacksonville AL
Petty Officer 1st Class Marsha Stallworth Ratchford, Mobile AL
Petty Officer 2nd Class Nehamon Lyons IV, Mobile AL

The names you see before you were the three people from Alabama that were killed in the terrorist attack on the Pentagon on 09-11-01

And on a side note, this is what these brave men and women fought for:

Cub Scout Pack 152 (4152) Camping out on the U.S.S. Alabama (BB-60) March 28/29, 2008...
To All Veterans and their families: Past, Present and Future, Thank You!
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