Gregory, Walter Madden, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1944, USS Growler (SS-215)
Service Years
1940 - 1944
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Home State
Tennessee
Tennessee
Year of Birth
1918
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Nashville
Last Address
Nashville

Casualty Date
Nov 08, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Location
South China Sea
Conflict
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge

 
 Duty Stations
USS Growler (SS-215)
  1943-1944, USS Growler (SS-215)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1941-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1941-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1941-1945 World War II
  1941-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1941-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1941-1945 Submarine War Patrols
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1936-1940, United States Naval Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Eleventh patrol (October - November 1944)

 

Growler?s 11th and final war patrol began out of Fremantle on 20 October 1944 in a wolf pack with Hake (SS-256) and Hardhead (SS-365). On 8 November the wolf pack, again headed by Growler, closed a convoy for attack, with Growler on the opposite side of the enemy from Hake and Hardhead. The order to commence attacking was the last communication ever received from Growler. After the attack was underway, Hake and Hardhead heard what sounded like a torpedo explosion and then a series of depth charges on Growler?s side of the convoy, and then nothing. All efforts to contact Growler for the next three days proved futile. The gallant submarine, veteran of seven successful war patrols, was listed as lost in action against the enemy, cause unknown. Possibly she was sunk by one of her own torpedoes, but it is probable that the convoy's escort, destroyer Shigure, and kaibokan (frigates) Chiburi and CD-19 sank her.

   
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