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USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Delta - Kilo
NUDK
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - Philippine Liberation Medal


Fulton Class Submarine Tender:
  • Laid down as Neptune at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Renamed Howard W. Gilmore while building
  • Launched, 16 September 1943
  • Commissioned USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16), 24 May 1944, Capt. Daniel N. Cone in command
  • Decommissioned, 30 September 1980
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 December 1980
  • Title transfer to MARAD, 1 May 1999
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping 10 February 2006 to Bay Bridge Enterprises, Chesapeake VA., Removed from the Reserve Fleet, 20 November 2006, Scrapping completed 15 April 2007
    Specifications:
    Displacement 9,734 t.(lt) 15,034 t. (fl)
    Length 529' 6"
    Beam 73' 4"
    Draft 23' 6"
    Speed 15.4 kts.
    Complement
    Officers - 47
    Enlisted - 397
    Largest Boom Capacity 20 t.
    Armament
    four single 5"/38 gun mounts
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 26,500 Bbls
    Propulsion
    General Motors 16-248 Diesel electric engines
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gear
    Ship's Service Generators
    three Diesel-drive 500Kw 450V A.C.
    one Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    twin propellers, 11,200shp

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    Namesake
    Gilmore 181k
    Howard Walter Gilmore

    Howard Walter Gilmore was born in Selma, Ala., 29 September 1902 and enlisted in the Navy 15 November 1920. In 1922 he was appointed to the Naval Academy and after commissioning in 1926 reported to battleship Mississippi. Gilmore underwent submarine training in 1930 and in the years that followed served in various submarines and at stations ashore. In 1941 he assumed his first command, Shark, only to be transferred the day following Pearl Harbor to take command of the still-unfinished Growler. Gilmore commanded his submarine skillfully during three Pacific war patrols, receiving the Navy Cross for an attack on enemy destroyers during the first and a gold star in lieu of a second Navy Cross for the second. The submarine continued to take a heavy toll of shipping on her fourth war patrol, and on the night of 6-7 February 1943 she approached a convoy stealthily for a surface attack. Suddenly a fast gunboat closed and prepared to ram. Commander Gilmore skillfully outmaneuvered his opponent and rammed him at 17 knots, seriously damaging Growler. What followed Is perhaps most eloquently expressed in the official citation: "In the terrific fire of the sinking gunboat's heavy machine guns, Commander Gilmore calmly gave the order to clear the bridge, and refusing safety for himself, remained on deck while his men preceded him below. Struck down by the fusillade of bullets and having done his utmost against the enemy, in his final living moments Commander Gilmore gave his last order to the Officer of the Deck, 'Take her down !' The submarine dived; damaged but under control, she was brought safely to port by her well-trained crew inspired by the courageous fighting spirit of their captain." Commander Gilmore received the Medal of Honor posthumously, and his inspiring words and courageous sacrifice have taken their place among the great traditions of the U.S. Navy.
    Photo from: Find-A-Grave.com
    Bill Gonyo
    Construction 1942 - 1944
    Gilmore 187k Honorary keel layers of Howard W. Gilmore, at Mare Island Navy Yard, 21 December 1942. From left to right: Front row are Mr. F. W. Savage, Mr. R. E. Moreland and Mr. J. E. Moon; back row Mr. I. H. Whitthorne and Mr. M F. Minchell.
    File name: AS 16 8047-42, Navy Photo, 12/21/42.
    Darryl Baker
    Gilmore
    AS 16 4743-43
    244k Construction progress photos of Howard W. Gilmore, at Mare Island Navy Yard, 1 July 1943.
    AS 16 4743-43 - Bow view
    AS 16 4744-43 - Stern view
    Darryl Baker
    Gilmore
    AS 16 4744-43
    287k
    Gilmore 193k Bow view of Howard W. Gilmore on the builders ways at Mare Island Navy Yard, 10 September 1943.
    File name: AS 16 6452-43, Navy Photo, 9/10/43
    Darryl Baker
    Gilmore 88k Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16), ready for launching, at Mare Island Navy Yard, CA., 16 September 1943. Note riveting and plating details on the ship's hull. Billboard in the foreground celebrates the combat exploits of another ship built by the Mare Island Navy Yard: USS Wahoo (SS-238). There are War Bond posters to its left.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-K-15091, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Gilmore 127k Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) launching, at Mare Island Navy Yard, CA., 16 September 1943.
    US Navy photo.
    Darryl L. Baker
    Gilmore 96k Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) stern view just prior to launching at Mare Island Navy Yard, 16 September 1943.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 6522-43, 9/16/43
    Darryl L. Baker
    Gilmore 135k Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16), launching, at Mare Island Navy Yard, CA., 16 September 1943. Mrs. Howard W. Gilmore, Ship's Sponsor and Mrs. F. A. Graf, Matron of Honor
    US Navy photo 6506-43 Dated 9/16/1943.
    Darryl L. Baker
    Gilmore 87k Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16), launching, at Mare Island Navy Yard, CA., 16 September 1943. Distinguished Guests. Left to right: Mrs. F. W. Scanland, Capt. F. W. Scanland, USN, Mrs. F. A. Graf, Matron of Honor, RADM W. L. Friedell, Shipyard Commander, USN, Mrs. Howard W. Gilmore, Sponsor, Capt. W. E. Malloy, USN, Mrs. W. L. Friedell, Sheriff John R. Thornton, Speaker, Mrs. W. E. Malloy, Mrs. John D. Thornton.
    US Navy photo 6505-43 Dated 9/16/1943.
    Darryl L. Baker
    Gilmore 98k Christening of Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16), at Mare Island Navy Yard, CA., 16 September 1943, by ship's sponsor Mrs. Howard W. Gilmore. Looking on are Mrs. F. A. Graf, Capt. W. E. Malloy and RADM W. L. Friedell, Shipyard Commander.
    US Navy photo 6500-43 Dated 9/16/1943.
    Darryl L. Baker
    Gilmore 256k Bow view of Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) christening at Mare Island Navy Yard, CA., 16 September 1943.
    File name: AS 16 6523-43, Navy Photo, 9/16/43
    Darryl L. Baker
    Gilmore 134k Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16), half way down the ways after launching at Mare Island Navy Yard, CA., 16 September 1943.
    US Navy photo 6521-43 Dated 9/16/1943.
    Darryl L. Baker
    Gilmore 145k Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16), after launching at Mare Island Navy Yard, CA., 16 September 1943.
    US Navy photo 6518-43 Dated 9/16/1943.
    Darryl L. Baker
    Gilmore 280k Bow view of Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) at the end of the builders ways during her launching at Mare Island Navy Yard, 16 September 1943.
    File name: AS 16 6516-43, Navy Photo, 9/16/43
    Darryl L. Baker
    Gilmore 79k Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16), waterborne after launching at Mare Island Navy Yard, CA., 16 September 1943.
    US Navy photo 6514-43 Dated 9/16/1943.
    Darryl L. Baker
    Gilmore 89k Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16), berthed after launching at Mare Island. She is north of the building ways. Alongside is the floating crane YD-33 and visible on the far right is the bow of USS Fleming (DE 32) launched 16 June 1943 at Mare Island. Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 6544-43. Darryl L. Baker
    Gilmore 248k Starboard stern view of Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) at Mare Island Navy Yard, 6 January 1944.
    File name: AS 16 158-44, Navy Photo, 1/6/44
    Darryl L. Baker
    Gilmore 266k Starboard bow view of Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) at Mare Island Navy Yard, 6 January 1944 with floating crane YD-33 alongside.
    File name: AS 16 160-44, Navy Photo, 1/6/44
    Darryl L. Baker
    USS Howard W. Gilmore 1944-1980
    Gilmore 288k USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) commissioning ceremony, 24 May 1944, at Mare Island Navy Yard.
    File name: AS 16 3086-44, Navy Photo, 5/24/44
    Darryl L. Baker
    Gilmore 219k CDR. Roy L. Bonner and S2/c Hiram Thomas look over the bibles that were given to the crew of USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) at her commissioning at Mare Island Navy Yard on 24 May 1944.
    File name: AS 16 3209-44, Navy Photo, 5/29/44
    Darryl L. Baker
    Gilmore 383k Bow view of USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) at Mare Island Navy Yard with floating crane YD-33 alongside, 5 July 1944.
    File name: AS 16 4206-44, Navy Photo, 7/5/44
    Darryl L. Baker
    Gilmore 102k USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) at Mare Island Navy Yard, CA., 13 July 1944 being assisted by tugs including a World War 1- vintage motor tug, YTL-94.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH # 104622, from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
    Robert Hurst
    Gilmore 213k Starboard broadside view of USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) off Mare Island Navy Yard, 13 July 1944.
    File name: AS 16 4488-44, Navy Photo, 7/13/44
    Darryl L. Baker
    Gilmore 99k USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) moored at Mare Island Navy Yard, 13 July 1944. Note the massive kingpost pair with booms in place of the large rotating cranes on the Navy's other large World War II-era tenders.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo
    Robert Hurst
    Gilmore 369k The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra play aboard USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) at Mare Island Navy Yard, 9 August 1944.
    File name: MINSY 5131-44, Navy Photo, 8/9/44
    Darryl L. Baker
    Gilmore 126k USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16), at anchor probably at Subic Bay in the Philippines, circa 1944. Her camouflage is Measure 32, Design 4Ax.
    US Navy photo.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Gilmore 34k USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16), at anchor in Subic Bay, Leyte Island, Philippines in 1944 with at least four or five submarines alongside. Her camouflage is Measure 32, Design 4Ax.
    Photo by James Gilbert Dudrow taken from USS LCI(L)-358
    Steve Dudrow for his father James Gilbert Dudrow USS LCI(L)-358
    Gilmore 27k USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) post war image. Note she still wears her war time camouflage, paint scheme, camouflage Measure 32, Design 4Ax.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, December 1947.
    US Navy photo.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Gilmore 40k USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) moored with 18 submarines alongside, date and location unknown.
    Note USS Howard W. Gilmore is painted camouflage Measure 32, Design 4Ax.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, June1956.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Gilmore 1467k Post card image of USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16), circa 1946, representing the five submarine tenders build at Mare Island Navy Yard during WWII. Darryl Baker
    Gilmore 16k USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) at Key Wet, FL, in 1953. Ken Kauffman
    Gilmore 104k USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16), at Key West, FL, 18 February 1955 Larry Bohn
    Waneta 55k USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) with Etawina (YTB-543) forward and Waneta (YTB-384) aft assisting Howard W. Gilmore into her berth at Naval Station Charleston, S.C., date unknown.
    Photo courtesy of Paul Smith
    Robert Hurst
    Waneta 66k USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) with Etawina (YTB-543) forward and Waneta (YTB-384) aft, underway at Naval Station Charleston, S.C., date unknown.
    Photo courtesy of Paul Smith
    Robert Hurst
    Gilmore 91k USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) at November Pier, Naval Station Charleston, S.C. with USS Amberjack (SS-522) and an unidentified submarine along side, December 1966. © Richard Leonhardt
    Gilmore 68k USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) moored pier side at Naval Station Key West, FL, with four submarines alongside in the 1960s. The first submarine is the GUPPY 1A-class boat USS Becuna (SS-319). The next is a "fleet snorkel" conversion with a large BQR-4A sonar, either USS Sterlet (SS-392), USS Sea Owl (SS-405), or USS Piper (SS-409). The last submarine, directly alongside Howard W. Gilmore, is USS Triton (SSN-586) . All submarines were decommissioned in the late 1960s. U.S. Navy photo. Robert Hurst
    Gilmore 101k USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) underway, 1968, location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine.
    Joe Radigan MACM, USN Ret.
    Gilmore 500k USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) underway, 1971, location unknown.
    US Navy photo # NPC 1149621.
    Scott Koen
    Gilmore 77k USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16), 1971, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Courtesy Randy Guttery
    Tendertales Web Site
    Gilmore 136k USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) after the fall of 1972 when her forward 5" guns were removed.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Robert Hurst
    Gilmore 79k USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) Med-moored at La Maddalena, Sardinia, circa late 1973-early 1974.
    US Navy photo taken by TM3 Robert Alden, USN.
    Robert Hurst
    Gilmore 198k USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) moored at Genoa, Italy, 20 January 1980. Photos by Carlo Martinelli
    Gilmore 167k USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) departing Genoa, Italy, 20 January 1980. Photos by Carlo Martinelli
    Gilmore 204k
    Ex-USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16)
    Gilmore 63k Ex-Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) underway for the last time pasts through Hampton Roads on her way to the breakers yard, Bay Bridge Enterprises, Chesapeake, VA., 1729 hours on 30 March 2006. She was withdrawn from the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA., earlier in the day and moved by tugs down the Chesapeake Bay through Hampton Roads to her final destination at Bay Bridge Enterprises, Chesapeake, VA. Mable Clark
    Additional USS Howard W. Gilmore Patches
    Howard W. Gilmore
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski
    Howard W. Gilmore
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski


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  • USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) Home Page
  • Submarine Tenders of the United States Navy
  • Commanding Officers

  • Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S.Navy Memorial Foundation

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