Underwood, Gordon Waite, CAPT

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112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1945-1947, 112X, Bureau of Ships
Service Years
1936 - 1962
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Panama Canal
Iwo Jima

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New York
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Home Town
Jamestown, New York
Last Address
Portland, Oregon

Date of Passing
Jan 15, 1978
Location of Interment
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Burial location unknown.

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback

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Last Known Activity
Captain Gordon Waite Underwood was born in New York on 3 June 1910, and at an early age moved with his family to Portland, Oregon from where he was appointed to the US Naval Academy in the class of 1932. At the Naval Academy he proved to be an outstanding student and superb athlete. He earned letters and starred in football and track. He was awarded the coveted "Academy Sword" for athletic excellence.

Following his graduation from the Academy, Captain Underwood served in USS Oklahoma. This tour was followed by training at the US Submarine School in New London, Connecticut. After his graduation he served in the Submarine School S-21, USS Mississippi, and USS Vega. In 1941, he attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned a Masters Degree in Marine Engineering. Upon his return to sea duty he was assigned to the Staff of Commander Submarine Squadron Ten as Squadron Engineer supporting submarines on war patrol. In January 1944, he was assigned as Commanding Officer of USS Spadefish SS-411. On this ship during three war patrols he was credited with destruction of seventy-six thousand tons of enemy shipping including one aircraft carrier, the Shinyo. For each of his war patrols he was awarded a Navy Cross and in recognition of the great successes of the first two patrols SPADEFISH was awarded the President Unit Citation. His record of success in his war patrols remains one of the most notable in the history of the US Navy Submarine Service.

Captain Underwood, following his retirement from the Navy in 1962 after 30 years service with distinction, became associated with Spelin Inc., Mountain View California, in which he was Vice President. He was also Vice President of Filter-Aire of Hollister, California until his retirement. He died January 15, 1978 at the age of 67.

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AWARDED 3 NAVY CROSSES 1 FOR EACH OF 3 PATROLS ON USS SPADEFISH (SS-411)   Underwood was credited with sinking 14 ships to total 89,600 tons.

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 USS Oklahoma (BB-37) Details

USS Oklahoma (BB-37)
Nevada Class Battleship: Displacement 27,500 Tons, Dimensions, 583' (oa) x 95' 3" x 29' 7" (Max) Armament 10 x 14"/45 21 x 5"/51, 2 x 21" tt. Armor, 13 1/2" Belt, 18" Triple Turrets, 16" Dual turrets, 3" Second (armor) Deck, 2 1/2" Third (splinter) Deck 16" Conning Tower. Machinery, 24,800 IHP; 2 vertical, Triple expansion engines, 2 screws. Speed, 20.5 Knots, Crew 864. Operational and Building Data: Laid down by New York, Shipbuilding, Camden, NJ., October 26, 1912. Launched March 23, 1914. Commissioned May 2, 1916. Decommissioned (War Loss). Stricken September 1, 1944. Fate: Sunk by Japanese aircraft during attack on Pearl Harbor Hawaii, December 7, 1941. Her hulk was raised in 1943, Sold for scrap December 5 1946. Hulk sank while under tow to breakers, 540 miles NE, Pearl Harbor, May 17, 1947. 20 Officers and 395 Men were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

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McCabe, Edwin Bonner, PO1, (1934-1941) WT WT-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Woods, Winfred Orval, PO1, (1937-1941) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Herbert, George, PO1, (1929-1941) GM GM-0000 Gunner's Mate 1st Class
Schmit, David John, CPO, (1927-1952) WT WT-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Whitson, Alton Walter, PO3, (1937-1941) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Williams, Wilbur Slade, PO3, (1935-1941) OS OS-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Bailey, Gerald John, S1c, (1934-1941) 00 00-0000 Seaman 1st Class
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Poindexter, Herbert Joseph, S1c, (1936-1941) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Krames, Edward C., PO1, (1936-1943) SN SN-9700 Seaman
Claggett, Bladen, CAPT, (1935-1966) Ensign
Flick, Charles, CPO, (1935-1966) Petty Officer Third Class

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