|Howard Gilmore, Captain USN|
|Submitted by Eugene Mazza||Created 12/17/2000 - Page 4|
Our nations highest military award for bravery is the Congressional Medal of Honor. It was conceived in the early 1860s and first awarded in 1863. It is actually just the Medal of Honor, but because it is presented "in the name of congress" common usage adds " Congressional." The rules for who can be awarded the medal are set forth in a public law which reads:
"The President may award and present in the name of congress, a medal of honor of appropriate design, with ribbons and appurtenances, to a person who, while a member of the [armed forces], distinguished himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States."
Medal of Honor Citation for
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 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
sever depth charges following each attack. In the darkness of night on 7
February, an enemy gunboat closed range and prepared
Commander Gilmore's widow, Mrs. Howard W. Gilmore of 5315 South Liberty Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, was the sponsor of the submarine tender named in honor of her husband. The Howard W. Gilmore, AS 16, originally named the Neptune but renamed before launching, was launched, on 16 Sept. 1943, at the Navy Yard, Mare Island, Ca.
9 United States Naval Academy, Medal of Honor Citation for Commander Howard W. Gilmore
The United States Naval Academy permanently
mounted a memorial plaque outside a room in Bancroft Hall occupied by Commander
Gilmore while a midshipman. The room so designated will hereafter be known as
the "Gilmore Room." Admiral Raymond A. Spruance dedicated the plaque:
I believe it would be appropriate at this point to
dedicate the Submariner's Navy Hymn to all past, present and future submariners.
This hymn was received from Senior Chief Darrell D. Ames [ AmesDD@csp.navy.mil
Eternal Father, Strong to save
During the Growler's refit, alongside the U. S. S. Fulton, AS 11, February 1943, a song dedicated to Cdr. Howard W. Gilmore was written. Mr. William E. Hanks recently gave the sheet music to me. Mr. Hanks is an Ancient Mariner, of the United States Naval Reserve Midshipmen School, New York, N. Y., tenth class. Mr. Hanks was an Ensign aboard the U. S. S. Drum, SS 228, which was stationed in Brisbane for her seventh and eight patrols. This was during the repairs to the Growler. He believes that he purchased the sheet music at the Fulton's ship store.
The sheet music follows