Underwood, Gordon Waite, CAPT

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary NEC
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
Decommissioning
Panama Canal
Iwo Jima
Captain
Captain

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1910
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Jamestown, New York
Last Address
Portland, Oregon

Date of Passing
Jan 15, 1978
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Burial location unknown.

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 30


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback




 Additional Information
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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  1944-1945, 112X, USS Spadefish (SS-411)

Commander

From Month/Year
- / 1944

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- / 1945

Unit
USS Spadefish (SS-411) Unit Page

Rank
Commander

NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare

Location
Not Specified

Country/State
Not Specified
 
 
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 USS Spadefish (SS-411) Details

USS Spadefish (SS-411)
Hull number SS-411

Type
Sub-Surface Vessels

Existing/Disbanded
Decommissioned

Parent Unit
Submarines

Strength
Submarine

Created/Owned By
Not Specified
   

Last Updated: Jul 20, 2008
   
Memories For This Unit

Other Memories
USS Spadefish SS 411 was the only U.S. submarine launched in 1944 to become one of the war's Top 10 scoring boats. She downed six ships on her maiden double-barreled patrol and never looked back. In each succeeding patrol, Spadefish destroyed at least four ships, including the Japanese aircraft carrier Jinyo. Her ship's mascot, a beer drinking terrier named Luau, even gave birth to puppies while on patrol. In terms of efficiency, Spadefish managed to sink a ship for every seven and one-third days on patrol, an unparalleled average.


Spadefish was also the first submarine into the war zone with FM sonar installed and was part of the famous Hellcats wolf pack which invaded the Sea of Japan in 1945

   
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USS Spadefish (SS-411)
USS Spadefish (SS-411)
USS Spadefish (SS-411) - A SPADEFISH
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USS Spadefish (SS-411)

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