Ledford, Moore Julius, CY

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1942-1942, YN-0000, USS Grunion (SS-216)
Service Years
1924 - 1942
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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Asheville, NC
Last Address
9717 8th Ave
Inglewood, CA

Casualty Date
Jul 30, 1942
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 3 (Cenotaph)

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWWII Memorial National Registry
  1942, World War II Fallen
  2012, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2016, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, WWII Memorial National Registry

 Ribbon Bar
Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 2 Patrols

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1924, Recruit Training (Norfolk, VA)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUSS Bushnell (AS-2)NAS San DiegoUSS Macon (ZRS-5)
NAS Moffett FieldElectric Boat Company (submarine pre-commission)USS Grunion (SS-216)
  1924-1928, S1c-0000, USS Parrott (DD-218)
  1928-1928, YN-0000, USS Bagaduce (AT-21)
  1928-1928, YN-0000, SUBBASE Coco Solo, Panama
  1928-1931, YN-0000, USS S-16 (SS-121)
  1931-1931, YN-0000, USS Bushnell (AS-2)
  1931-1932, YN-0000, USS Wasmuth (DD-338)
  1932-1934, YN-0000, NAS San Diego
  1934-1935, YN-0000, USS Macon (ZRS-5)
  1935-1935, YN-0000, NAS Moffett Field
  1935-1937, YN-0000, USS Tattnall (DD-125)
  1937-1940, YN-0000, USS Decatur (DD-341)
  1940-1941, YN-0000, USS R-6 (SS-83)
  1942-1942, YN-0000, Electric Boat Company (submarine pre-commission)
  1942-1942, YN-0000, USS Grunion (SS-216)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 USS Grunion (SS-216)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Apr 11, 1942, Commissioning Crew of USS Grunion SS-216 (sub)
  Jun 16, 1942, Promoted to Chief Petty Office Yeoman
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Moore Ledford was born on February 23, 1906, in Asheville, North Carolina. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on March 18, 1924, and completed basic training at NTS Hampton Roads, Virginia, in May 1924. After completing A School at Hampton Roads, S2c Ledford served aboard the destroyer USS Parrott (DD-218) from July 1924 to February 1928, and then received an honorable discharge from the Navy on March 27, 1928. He reenlisted in the Navy on May 17, 1928, and then served aboard the fleet tug USS Bagaduce (AT-21) from May to September 1928. His next assignment was to Submarine Base Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone, from September to November 1928, followed by service aboard the submarine USS S-16 (SS-121) from November 1928 to March 1931. Y3c Ledford then served aboard the submarine tender USS Bushnell (AS-2) from March to October 1931, and was hospitalized at the Naval Hospital in San Diego, California, from October to December 1931. His next assignment was aboard the destroyer USS Wasmuth (DD-338) from December 1931 to February 1932, followed by service at NAS San Diego, California, from February 1932 to January 1934. He served as aircrew aboard the airship USS Macon (ZRS-5) from January 1934 to February 1935, and then at NAS Sunnyvale, California, from February to April 1935 after the Macon was destroyed in a crash. His next assignment was aboard the destroyer USS Tattnall (DD-125) from July 1935 to September 1937, followed by service aboard the destroyer USS Herbert (DD-160) from September to December 1937. Y1c Ledford then served aboard the destroyer USS Decatur (DD-341) from December 1937 to September 1940. He served aboard the submarine USS R-6 (SS-83) from September 1940 to December 1941, followed by service aboard the submarine USS Grunion (SS-216) during her fitting out in December 1941, through her commissioning in April 1942. 

The USS Grunion was reported lost on August 16, 1942, after it fired on an enemy destroyer, sank three destroyer-type vessels and attacked enemy ships during its first war patrol, the US Navy said. It still an exact mystery of what happened, but something happened that caused the sub to go below crush depth and implode as discovered in August of 2006 when the sub was discovered in a search for it. 

Navy Commendation Citation 
Letter of For meritorious conduct as a member of the crew of the U.S.S. GRUNION which destroyed three enemy destroyers while engaged in a war patrol in enemy-controlled waters. Despite severe and persistent anti-submarine measures resulting from these three successful attacks, the GRUNION was brought safely through the counter attacks and continued an aggressive war patrol. As a member of the crew of the GRUNION, your performance of duty was an important and material contribution to the prosecution of this war. 
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