Wednesday Hero -Cmdr. Samuel David Dealey

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Cmdr. Samuel David Dealey

37 years old from Dallas, Texas

Commander USS Harder (SS-257)

September 13, 1906 – August 24, 1944

U.S.<br />
Navy

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.
Floodlit 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.

You can read more about Cmdr. Dealey here

*Added from Wikipedia: Cmdr. Samuel David Dealey is one of the most
decorated American serviceman for valor of the war, receiving the Medal of Honor,
four Navy Crosses, Distinguished Service Cross (Army),
and the Silver Star Medal for his service on the submarine USS Harder.*

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives just so
others may get to enjoy freedom. For that I am proud to call them
Hero.

Those Who Say That We’re In A Time When
There Are No Heroes, They Just Don’t Know Where To Look

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