Slade Deville Cutter, Sr

Slade Deville Cutter, Sr

Birth
Oswego, Kendall County, Illinois, USA
Death 9 Jun 2005 (aged 93)
Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA
Burial Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA
Memorial ID 12281733 · View Source
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United States Naval Officer. Entering the United States Naval Academy in 1931 on a congressional appointment, he was an all-American football player, and achieved instant fame as a first classman when he won the 1934 Army-Navy game with a first-quarter field goal. On the basis of his Academy football career, he was later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. He graduated from Annapolis in 1935. His first sea duty was aboard the battleship "USS Idaho" (BB-42), where he coached another winning football team. Entering the Groton Submarine School in June of 1938, his first submarine duty was as the Executive Officer of "USS Pompano" (SS-181) under Lieutenant Commander Lew Parks. The Pompano left Pearl Harbor on her first war patrol on 18th of December, 1941, just 11 days after the Japanese attack. Eventually Slade Cutter transfered to the "USS Seahorse" (SS-304) and was the executive officer and after just one war patrol he was given command of the Seahorse. He had an uncanny ability to find and destroy enemy targets wherever he went. It was said by Vice Admiral Charles Lockwood that Cutter "could find Jap ships in Pearl Harbor if asked." Slade Cutter's four war patrols as Commanding Officer of "USS Seahorse" netted 19 sinkings and more than 70,000 tons of shipping in the postwar accounting, and he was awarded four Navy Crosses. In the late 1950s, he was made the Naval Academy's athletic director. His knowledge of the sports program and his stature as an athlete and wartime hero was invaluable in this position. His final active-duty assignment was in 1965 was as head of the Naval Historical Display Center in Washington DC. After his retirement from the United States Navy he became headmaster of a boy's school in Tucson.

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  • Originally Created by: Dave Jones
  • Added: 7 Nov 2005
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Slade Deville Cutter, Sr (1 Nov 1911–9 Jun 2005), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12281733, citing United States Naval Academy Cemetery, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .