Grider, George, CAPT

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112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
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1946-1947, 112X, USS Cubera (SS-347)
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1936 - 1947
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Memphis, TN

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Mar 20, 1991
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Medically retired due to heart attack on active duty while Commanding Officer of USS CUBERA.
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USS HAWKBILL (SS-366) 1st War Patrol
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First War Patrol
F.W. Scanland, Lt. Cmdr L.R. Fockele, Lt(jg)
G.W. Grider, Lr. Cmdr G.A. Christopher, Lt(jg)
F.B. Tucker, Lt. Cmdr R.L. Murphy, Ensign
R.J. Jackson, Lieut D.F. Neer, Lieut
J.E.A. Schroder, Lieut J.D. Link, Lt(jg)


Augsburger, Ellis A. (S1c) LeFevre, Elleworth T. (SC3c)
Bell, Walter R. (F1c) Lehner, Arthur A. (MoMM2c)
Benjamin, Marion E. (TM3c) Lemmon, Bert A. (MoMM2c)
Biggs, Donovan R. (MoMM3c) Lentz, Warren A. (MoMM3c)
Birdsall, Nathan (S1c) Lysne, Arthur M. (CEM)
Bly, David MoMM1c MacLeod, Claire A. (EM3c)
Brodeur, Jean W. (S1c) Mangler, Edward C. (TM3c)
Buckles, Donald C. (MoMM2c) Marks Mack N. (MoMM1c)
Byrne, Richard B. (S2c) Maxie William I. (EM2c)
Bywater, Norman O. (TM2c) Mazalan, Charles W. (OM3c)
Callahan, Samuel Jr. (CRM) McGowen, William E. Jr. (OM3c)
Compton, Bennie L. (TM) McLeod, Grover S. (TM2c)
DeGrandis, Joseph (CTM) Munson, Harry A. (TM1 c)
Ernst, Leonard J. (F1c) Munson, William G. Jr. (QM3c)
Fanning, Lonzo (StM2c) Murdock, Paul B. Jr. (FC3c)
Finstad, Lloyd H. (S1c) Ness, Morgan L. (S2c)
Frankfurt, Carroll F. (EM3c) Nichols, Douglass Y. (S2c)
Furgeson, Allan W. (F1c) Nixon, William M. (EM2c)
Graves, Ralph "A" (Y1 c) Norde, Henry L. (MoMM1c)
Greer, Nicholas A. Jr. (S2c) Odom, Ralph D. (EM1c)
Griffiths, David W. (EM2c) Orton, Robert (SC1c)
Guidi, Robert R. Jr. (S2c) Pace, Robert D. (TM2c)
Gumber Harold R. (CPhM) Petrovsky, Joseph M. (EM1c)
Hamlett Aubrey G. (CMoMM) Rich, John J. (EM3c)
Hasten, Lyle G. (MoMM3c) Rueter, Earl E. (SM1c)
Helgeson, Kenneth Jr. (S2c) Schrader, Robert (RM3c)
Herberger, Joe M. (CMoMM) Sherrill, Coburn H. (MoMM3c)
Hiatt, Donald G. (F1c) Story, Lee F. (MoMM1c)
High, Robert P. (EM3c) Strong, Richard H. (RM3c)
Hill, Forrest W. (EM3c) Struz, Mike (TM3c)
Hoppe, Herbert W. Jr. (F1c) Stull, John O. (TM3c)
Janks, Joseph J. (MoMM1c) Williams, Cecil F. (RM2c)
Jones, "A""C" (MoMM1c) Wilson, Bennie (StM2c)
Kail, Joseph A. (QM2c) Wortman, Ralph D. (GM2c)
Katnic, Vincent B. (RT3c) Wrestler, John C. (S1c)
Kreigh, William (SC2c)

First war patrol began on 23 August when Hawkbill placed Pearl Harbor astern and took departure in company with USS Baya and USS Becuna. Destination was Saipan, newly wrested from the Nips. Passing north of Anathan Island, she wheeled around and on 4 September was escorted into Tanapag Harbor, Saipan, to moor alongside USS Holland for fuel and minor repairs.

On the sixth, Hawkbill continued westward to join a number of other submarines in an offensive-reconnaissance group off San Bernardino Strait, P. I. Many aircraft -- most of them enemy -- were sighted both enroute to and while patrolling this area.

On 21 September patrol area was changed to a reconnaissance line south of Sakishima Gunto for three days, but contacts were still limited to enemy aircraft which appeared regularly on their morning searches.

Hawkbill left this area on 23 September for a new spot west of Formosa. After transiting Bashi Channel, she suddenly and unexpectedly lost her virginity upon being forced down and bombed by a Jap plane. The war was on.

A large enemy ship with one escort provided Hawkbill with her first red-letter day and first opportunity to fire torpedoes in anger early in the night of 7 October, while patrolling independently in the middle of South China Sea. The first attack on this fast target was unsuccessful, but in the second this Nip was fired with two hits out of three torpedoes at two thousand yards range. Bursting pyrotechnics floated from the Jap into the black sky. Within seconds this doomed aircraft tender exploded with a roar, reaching mighty fingers of fire and debris to the heavens. [See note 1]

This light provided a timely source of illumination for the escort, which immediately took Hawkbill under fire. Tracers streaked overhead and whistled past the periscope shears to explode in the water nearby. But the captain asked for a little speed and shortly left the angry sub-chaser to report his chagrin to the Empire.

Thus began the close-packed series of actions that was to atone for some 45 days of monotony. Two short hours had passed after scratching the first target when another target group -- an aircraft carrier escorted by two destroyers --loomed in the distance. In the bright moonlight he could be clearly seen at 11,000 yards. He was making seventeen knots; at full power Hawkbill could just keep up with him.

The chase ended abruptly, however, when one of the destroyers suddenly was detached from the group and closed rapidly. Hawkbill dove fast, just in time to receive well-placed rapid-fire salvo of 19 depth charges released in less than thirty seconds. Twenty more were dropped later, but none caused more than minor damage.

At daybreak, Hawkbill surfaced still in the vicinity of the carrier group. But efforts to close were fruitless and finally it was necessary to give up the chase.

On 9 October, Hawkbill departed area for Mindoro Strait. A contact report from Becuna that afternoon resulted in a course change to intercept a new convoy. Within less than an hour the convoy was sighted and Hawkbill commenced another submerged daylight approach.

Just before reaching the firing point, all hell broke loose in the convoy. Becuna was in there pitching from the other side. Torpedo explosions blended with the concussion from dozens of depth charges dropped by escorts. Ships madly turned all directions. With six torpedoes Hawkbill sank one medium freighter and damaged another. Then, shaken by a heavy explosion close by, she sought safety in depth, there to receive 96 depth charges from the racks of furious escorts.

After dark, Hawkbill surfaced and commenced an end around for a second attack. Nine ships were now left in the convoy. Visibility was so good that a night surface attack proved extremely difficult. But with her lest three torpedoes forward, Hawkbill managed one hit in the stern of a large passenger freighter, and left her shrouded in a large cloud of black smoke. The skipper called it a day and pointed again to Mindoro.

Early next morning -- the tenth -- brought still another enemy contact, consisting of' two freighters, one large tanker and escorts, headed north across the strait.

After an hour and a half of hot chase, attempting to gain firing position ahead of the convoy, success seemed certain. But at that critical moment an enemy plane with a bomb forced Hawkbill out of the picture, letting the ships slip by unmolested.

Then began an 81 hour passage of the close, enemy controlled waters of Sulu Sea, Sibutu Pass, Makassar Strait and Lombok Strait without a single dive. Aircraft were sighted and frequently land was only a stone's throw away. But Hawkbill stayed on the surface and even initiated some 60 pollywogs into the Ancient Order of the Deep as Neptune Rex came aboard through the forward torpedo room hatch.

Hawkbill passed through the narrow waters between Lombok and Ball Islands on 14 October, took a deep breath, charged south over the Indian Ocean and on the seventeenth tied up in Fremantle Harbor, West Australia. Her first war patrol was over.

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USS HAWKBILL (SS-366) - During Patrol
USS HAWKBILL (SS-366) - During Patrol
USS HAWKBILL (SS-366) Returning to Fremantle 1st Patrol

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