Gordon Waite Underwood, USN

Born  3 Jun 1910Jamestown, New York


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Ranks

1 Aug 1939 Lt.
18 Nov 1942 T/Cdr.

Decorations

Jul/Sep 44 Navy Cross (1)
Oct/Dec 44 Navy Cross (1)
Jan/Feb 45 Navy Cross (1)

Warship Commands listed for Gordon Waite Underwood, USN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
USS Spadefish (411)T/Cdr.Submarine9 Mar 194426 Feb 1945

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Submarine USS Spadefish (411)


14 Jun 1944
With her trials and initial training completed USS Spadefish (Cdr. Gordon Waite Underwood) departed from San Francisco for Pearl Harbor.

22 Jun 1944
USS Spadefish (Cdr. G.W. Underwood) arrived at Pearl Harbor.

23 Jul 1944
USS Spadefish (Cdr. G.W. Underwood) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea north-west of Luzon, Philippines.

19 Aug 1944 (position 18.48, 119.47)
USS Spadefish (Cdr. G.W. Underwood) torpedoed and sank the Japanese landing craft depot and repair ship Tamatsu Maru (9589 GRT) west of Luzon, Philippines in position 18°48'N, 119°47'E.

22 Aug 1944 (position 18.48, 120.46)
USS Spadefish (Cdr. G.W. Underwood) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese tanker Hakko Maru No.2 (10023 GRT) in Luzon Strait in position 18°48'N, 120°46'E. The tanker takes limps to Passeleng Bay where efforts to salvage fail and she broke up in heavy weather on 18 September 1944. Spadefish now set course to Saipan to resupply and then resume her 1st war patrol in the waters east of Formosa.

8 Sep 1944 (position 24.39, 123.31)
While operating east of Formosa USS Spadefish (Cdr. G.W. Underwood) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Shokei Maru (2557 GRT) and the Japanese army cargo ship Shinten Maru (1254 GRT) in position 24°39'N, 123°31'E and the Japanese merchant cargo ships Nichiman Maru (1922 GRT) and Nichian Maru (6197 GRT) in position 24°45'N, 123°26'E.

24 Sep 1944
USS Spadefish (Cdr. G.W. Underwood) ended her 1st war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

23 Oct 1944
USS Spadefish (Cdr. G.W. Underwood) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 2nd war patrol, She was ordered to patrol in the East China and Yellow Seas.

14 Nov 1944 (position 31.04, 123.56)
USS Spadefish (Cdr. G.W. Underwood) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Gyokuyo Maru (5396 GRT) in position 31°04'N, 123°56'E.

17 Nov 1944 (position 32.59, 123.38)
USS Spadefish (Cdr. G.W. Underwood) torpedoed and sank the Japanese escort carrier Shinyo (17500 tons, offsite link) and torpedoed and damaged the Japanese landing ship Shinshu Maru about 140 nautical miles northeast of Shanghai, China, in position 32°59'N, 123°38'E.

18 Nov 1944
USS Spadefish (Cdr. G.W. Underwood) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese auxiliary submarine chaser Cha 156 (130 tons) in the East China Sea in position 33°07'N, 123°19'E.

29 Nov 1944 (position 37.17, 125.11)
USS Spadefish (Cdr. G.W. Underwood) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Daiboshi Maru No.6 (3925 GRT) in the Yellow Sea off the west coast of Korea in position 37°17'N, 125°11'E.

12 Dec 1944
USS Spadefish (Cdr. G.W. Underwood) ended her 2nd war patrol at Majuro.

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

28 Jan 1945 (position 33.50, 122.55)
While operating in the Yellow Sea USS Spadefish (Cdr. G.W. Underwood) torpedoed and sank the Japanese frigate Kume (940 tons, offsite link) in position 33°50'N, 122°55'E and the Japanese troop transport Sanuki Maru (7158 GRT, offsite link) in position 34°02'N, 123°00'E.

4 Feb 1945 (position 37.18, 125.22)
USS Spadefish (Cdr. G.W. Underwood) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Tairai Maru (4273 GRT) in the Yellow Sea off the west coast of Korea in position 37°18'N, 125°22'E.

6 Feb 1945 (position 38.46, 121.28)
USS Spadefish (Cdr. G.W. Underwood) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant passenger/cargo ship Shohei Maru (1092 GRT) off Port Arthur, Korea in position 38°46'N, 121°28'E.

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


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