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CDR Samuel David Dealey

CDR Samuel David Dealey

Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Death 24 Aug 1944 (aged 37)
At Sea
Cenotaph Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot Tablets of the Missing
Memorial ID 7913538 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Born in Dallas Texas, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1930. In December 1942 serving as a Commander he became the first and only captain of the newly commissioned submarine USS Harder (SS-257). He took the ship in 1943 to the Pacific and made five highly successful patrols, but failed to return from a sixth. On August 24, 1944, he was Group Commander of a Submarine Wolf Pack consisting of the USS Harder, Hake, and Hado in waters off Luzon, Philippines. The Harder was fatally depth-charged and was declared missing in action with all presumed dead on October 2, 1944. The USS Harder under his command was officially credited for sinking eighteen Japanese vessels in all with total tonnage in excess of 55,000. This put him among the top five US submarine skippers in World War II. In addition to his Medal of Honor, his other awards include the Navy Cross with three gold stars, the Army's Distinguished Service Cross, presented to him by General Douglas MacArthur, Silver Star, two presidential unit citations, and a Purple Heart.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

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  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 27 Sep 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7913538
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for CDR Samuel David Dealey (13 Sep 1906–24 Aug 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7913538, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Find A Grave .