Dealey, Samuel David, Jr., CDR

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Last Rank
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1944, USS Harder (SS-257)
Service Years
1926 - 1944

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Dallas, TX
Last Address
Dallas, TX

Casualty Date
Aug 24, 1944
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Texas State Cemetery - Austin, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
M1 B 10 (memorial marker)

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Last Known Activity

CDR Dealey is considered the most decorated sailor of WWII.

The USS Harder (SS-257) began her 6th War Patrol on August 5th, 1944 and formed a "wolfpack" with four other submarines. She sank two merchant ships before her final attack on August 24th. While the Hake escaped sinking, a depth charge attack sunk the Harder with all hands. Commander Dealey was listed as Missing in Action and later declared dead 2 October 1945.

Service number: 063136

Medal of Honor
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
Division: U.S.S. Harder (SS-257)

Citation: The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Commander Samuel David Dealey (NSN: 0-63136), United States Navy-
"for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Harder (SS-257) during her Fifth War Patrol in Japanese-controlled waters. Floodlighted by a bright moon and disclosed to an enemy destroyer escort which bore down with intent to attack, Commander Dealey quickly dived to periscope depth and waited for the pursuer to close range, then opened fire, sending the target and all aboard down in flames with his third torpedo. Plunging deep to avoid fierce depth charges, he again surfaced and, within nine minutes after sighting another destroyer, had sent the enemy down tail first with a hit directly amidships. Evading detection, he penetrated the confined waters off Tawi Tawi with the Japanese Fleet base six miles away and scored death blows on two patrolling destroyers in quick succession. With his ship heeled over by concussion from the first exploding target and the second vessel nose-diving in a blinding detonation, he cleared the area at high speed. Sighted by a large hostile fleet force on the following day, he swung his bow toward the lead destroyer for another "down-the-throat" shot, fired three bow tubes and promptly crash-dived to be terrifically rocked seconds later by the exploding ship as the Harder passed beneath. This remarkable record of five vital Japanese destroyers sunk in five short-range torpedo attacks attests the valiant fighting spirit of Commander Dealey and his indomitable command."
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Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 6 Patrols

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyNAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUSS S-34 (SS-139)NAS Pensacola
USS Harder (SS-257)
  1930-1934, USS Nevada (BB-36)
  1934-1934, USS Rathburne (DD-113)
  1934-1934, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1934-1935, USS S-34 (SS-139)
  1935-1936, USS S-24 (SS-129)
  1936-1937, USS Bass (SS-164)
  1937-1939, NAS Pensacola
  1939-1940, USS Wyoming (AG-17)
  1940-1941, USS Reuben James (DD-245)
  1941-1942, USS S-20 (SS-125)
  1942-1944, USS Harder (SS-257)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1940-1941 Neutrality Operations in the North Atlantic
  1943-1943 USS HARDER (SS-257) 3rd War Patrol
  1944-1944 USS HARDER (SS-257) 4th War Patrol
  1944-1944 USS HARDER (SS-257) 5th War Patrol
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle for Ulithi Atoll
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
 Colleges Attended 
Southern Methodist UniversityUnited States Naval Academy
  1923-1925, Southern Methodist University
  1926-1930, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  First Patrol - June 7 to July 7, 1943
  Second Patrol - Aug 24, to Oct 8, 1943
  Third Patrol Oct 30, 1943 to Feb 27, 1944
  Fourth Patrol - Mar 16 to May 3, 1944
  Fifth Patrol - May 26 to Jul 3, 1944 - Congressional Medal of Honor2
  Sixth Patrol - Aug 5 to Sinking Aug 24, 1944
  SS-257 USS HARDER - Specifications and General comments3
  Medal of Honor Citation
  Army Distinguished Service Cross
  Why the nickname?1
  Jun 24, 1938, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Jun 15, 1942, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Oct 15, 1942, Promoted to Commander
  Jan 07, 1944, Brother Jerome Kirby Dealey - Army Lte.1
  Aug 24, 1944, Sailors Lost On USS HARDER (SS 257) 8-24-19444
  Nov 08, 1953, USS Dealey (DE-1006)1
  Oct 26, 2007, Hill College / Texas Heritage Museum honors Texas Medal of Honor recipients1
  Mar 12, 2019, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
WW II Memorial National RegistryThe National Gold Star Family RegistryThe National Purple Heart Hall of HonorUnited States Navy Memorial
World War II Fallen
  2013, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, World War II Fallen
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