Photo #: NH 106205
Lieutenant Commander Howard W. Gilmore, USN
Halftone reproduction of a photograph, copied from the official publication "Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy", page 192.
Howard W. Gilmore was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for "distinguished gallantry and valor" from 10 January to 7 February 1943 while serving as the Commanding Officer of USS Growler (SS-215). After sinking a Japanese freighter and damaging another in a bold strike on the night of 7 February, an enemy gunboat closed range and prepared to ram Growler. Maneuvering to avoid the crash, Commander Gilmore rammed the gunboad, ripping her port side and bursting her plates. Upon being struck by enemy fire, he ordered his men below and remained on the bridge until all were below. Mortally wounded and in his last moments, Gilmore ordered, "Take her down". Though the submarine was seriously damaged, the crew, inspired by their captain, brought it safely back to port..
This image is a retouched version of that seen in Photo #: 80-G-41356.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Image Posted 29 October 2008