Ferrario, Alexander, CPO

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
MO-0000-Motor Machinist/Oiler
Last Rating/NEC Group
Motor Machinistmate/Oiler
Primary Unit
1942-1944, MO-0000, USS Growler (SS-215)
Service Years
1926 - 1944
MoMM - Motor Machinistmate/Oiler
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Home State
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Year of Birth
Not Specified
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Milford
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Nov 08, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Location
South China Sea
Conflict
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Buried at Sea, Pacific Ocean
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Submarine War Patrols
Start Year
1941
End Year
1945

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My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1941
To Year
1945
 
Last Updated:
Nov 13, 2017
   
Personal Memories

Memories
Fourth patrol (January - February 1943)
1 January 1943 saw Growler sail from Brisbane. Entering her patrol area, again athwart the Truk-Rabaul shipping lanes, on 11 January, she waited only five days before sighting an enemy convoy. Maneuvering inside the escorts, Growler launched two torpedoes and saw them hit; then, as her war diary reports, she was in the unfortunate predicament of being about 400 yards (370 m) from the destroyer and had to dive without being able to continue the attack. She was credited with sinking Chifuku Maru, a passenger/cargo ship.

The patrol continued as normal with two further attacks, but no sinkings until shortly after 01:00 7 February when Growler stealthily approached a gunboat for a night surface attack. The small fast ship suddenly turned to ram. Unable to avoid the collision, Gilmore ordered left full rudder and all ahead flank, and rammed the enemy amidships at 17 knots (31 km/h).

As machine gun fire raked them at point-blank range, Commander Gilmore ordered the bridge cleared. As the commanding officer, Gilmore was the last to leave the bridge, but was grievously wounded before he could get below. Realizing that he was jeopardizing his boat's escape, he ordered "Take her down!" and shut the hatch, remaining on the bridge while his boat dived. By saving his command at the expense of his own life, Gilmore became one of the six submariners to earn the Medal of Honor. A seaman and another officer also lost their lives in this incident.

Severely damaged but still under control, Growler returned to Brisbane under command of her executive officer (the "exec" or "XO"), Lieutenant Commander Arnold F. Schade; she docked 17 February for extensive repairs. Following the refit, the submarine was nicknamed the Kangaroo Express, as the refabricated bow had two nickel kangaroos as decorations.[

   
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  313 Also There at This Battle:
  • Azer, John, CAPT, (1928-1948)
  • Bernard, Lawrence, RADM, (1937-1971)
  • Betty, Charles, PO2, (1941-1945)
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