Underwood, Gordon Waite, CAPT

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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
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Decommissioning
Panama Canal
Iwo Jima
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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




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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 SPADEFISH (SS-411) 3rd War Patrol
Start Year
1945
End Year
1945

Description
Not Specified
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1945
To Year
1945
 
Last Updated:
Jul 20, 2008
   
Personal Memories

Memories
On the 3rd Patrol whilst leading USS Submarines, Pompon, Bang, and Atule to the Yellow Sea, Spadefish and her consorts were attacked by a flight of US Navy aircraft.

Two bombs were dropped before Spadefish could dive, but fortunately they did little damage. As a result of this incident, the Captain of Pompon, and Gordon Underwood both asked for transfers, and Underwood went off to the Bureau of Ships.


6 Jan, 1945
USS Spadefish (Cdr. G.W. Underwood) departs Majuro for her 3rd war patrol. She is ordered to patrol in the Yellow Sea.

28 Jan, 1945
While operating in the Yellow Sea USS Spadefish (Cdr. G.W. Underwood) torpedoes and sinks the Japanese frigate Kume (940 tons, offsite link) in position 3350'N, 12255'E and the Japanese troop transport Sanuki Maru (7158 GRT) in position 3402'N, 12300'E. (see map)

4 Feb, 1945
USS Spadefish (Cdr. G.W. Underwood) torpedoes and sinks the Japanese merchant cargo ship Tairai Maru (4273 GRT) in the Yellow Sea off the west coast of Korea in position 3718'N, 12522'E. (see map)

6 Feb, 1945
USS Spadefish (Cdr. G.W. Underwood) torpedoes and sinks the Japanese merchant passenger/cargo ship Shohei Maru (1092 GRT) off Port Arthur, Korea in position 3846'N, 12128'E. (see map)

13 Feb, 1945
USS Spadefish (Cdr. G.W. Underwood) ends her 3rd war patrol at Guam.

   
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