Morton, Dudley, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1943, 112X, USS Wahoo (SS-238)
Service Years
1930 - 1943
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Owensboro, Kentucky

Casualty Date
Oct 11, 1943
Hostile, Died
Other Cause
World War II
Location of Interment
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Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 5 Patrols
Command at Sea

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)USS Saratoga (CV-3)USS Chicago (CA-29)Submarine School Officers Basic Course
USS Canopus (AS-9)USS S-37 (SS-142)Naval Ship Yard Philidelphia, PAUS Navy
Advancement Schools and CoursesUSS Wahoo (SS-238)
  1926-1930, 110X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1930-1930, 110X, USS Saratoga (CV-3)
  1930-1933, 110X, USS Chicago (CA-29)
  1933-1933, 117X, Submarine School Officers Basic Course
  1933-1935, 117X, USS Canopus (AS-9)
  1936-1937, 112X, USS S-37 (SS-142)
  1937-1939, 117X, Naval Ship Yard Philidelphia, PA
  1939-1940, 117X, USS Fairfax (DD-93)
  1940-1942, 112X, USS R-5 (SS-82)
  1942-1942, 112X, Prospective Commanding Officer Course
  1942-1943, 112X, USS Wahoo (SS-238)
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This profile was created on June 30, 2007.  

This profile is about 80% complete.  

I'm still researching his other awards.

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  • Please add Lieutenant Commander Morton to your list of shipmates and visit often.

  • Born in Owensboro, Kentucky on July 17, 1907. 

  • Graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1926. 

  • Early in his career he served in the carrier USS Saratoga and the heavy cruiser USS Chicago. 

  • In 1933 Morton trained to serve in Submarines and was Commanding Officer of the small boat R5. 

  • In 1942, he was appointed as a Lieutenant Commander to take command of the submarine USS Wahoo, making five patrols in her, the last one proving fatal. The first of these, ex Brisbane Australia, and all the other patrols from his base at Pearl Harbor. 

  • Wahoo Patrol 1. January 1943 for 23 days towards Pearl Harbor. Results, 3 ships sunk. 

  • Wahoo Patrol2. February 1943 for 42 days in the East China Sea area. Results, 9 ships sunk. 

  • Wahoo Patrol 3. April 1943 for 26 days in the Empire of Japan area. Results, 3 ships sunk. 

  • Wahoo Patrol 4. August 1943 for 27 days in the Empire of Japan area. Results, no sinkings achieved.  

  • Wahoo Patrol 5. September 1943, Wahoo lost on this patrol. Results, 4 ships sunk prior to being sunk herself. Dudley Morton's was credited with sinking 17 ships to total 100,500 tons. 

  • For his achievements, Dudley Morton was awarded the Navy Cross four times, the last one postumously. 

  • Wahoo was awarded a presidential Citation for Patrol 3. 

  • The destroyer USS Morton (DD-948), 1959-1992, was named in honor of Commander Dudley W. Morton.

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