Commander Samuel D. Dealey
U. S. Navy, Captain USS Harder (SS-257)
Samuel David Dealey was born on September 13, 1906 in Dallas, Texas. He enlisted in the U. S. Navy (USN).
Captain of USS Harder (SS-257) during her fifth patrol.
Medal of Honor Citation (May 26 - July 3, 1944)
Citation: "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Harder during her 5th War Patrol in Japanese-controlled waters. Floodlighted by a bright moon and disclosed to an enemy destroyer escort which bore down with intent to attack, Comdr. Dealey quickly dived to periscope depth and waited for the pursuer to close range, then opened fire, sending the target and all aboard down in flames with his third torpedo. Plunging deep to avoid fierce depth charges, he again surfaced and, within 9 minutes after sighting another destroyer, had sent the enemy down tail first with a hit directly amidship. Evading detection, he penetrated the confined waters off Tawi Tawi with the Japanese Fleet base 6 miles away and scored death blows on 2 patrolling destroyers in quick succession. With his ship heeled over by concussion from the first exploding target and the second vessel nose-diving in a blinding detonation, he cleared the area at high speed. Sighted by a large hostile fleet force on the following day, he swung his bow toward the lead destroyer for another "down-the-throat" shot, fired 3 bow tubes and promptly crash-dived to be terrifically rocked seconds later by the exploding ship as the Harder passed beneath. This remarkable record of 5 vital Japanese destroyers sunk in 5 short-range torpedo attacks attests the valiant fighting spirit of Comdr. Dealey and his indomitable command."
Dealey was officially declared dead on October 2, 1945. He earned the Medal of Honor, Navy Cross with 3 Gold Stars, Silver Star and Purple Heart, posthumously. He is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing. He also has a memorial marker at Texas State Cemetery in Austin, TX at Monument Hill Section, H1, Row B, Number 10.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Samuel D. Dealey
FindAGrave - CDR Samuel David Dealey (photo, tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Samuel David Dealey (photo, memorial marker photo)
Samuel David Dealey (photo, memorial marker photo)
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