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USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16)

RADM Lawrence George Bernard

Lawrence George Bernard graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1937. During his Navy career he commanded the USS SS-79 from May 1944 to March 1945. His next command was the USS Stickleback (SS- 415) from 29 March 1945 until 26 June 1946. When the Stickleback was re-commissioned he once again commanded her from 6 Sept 1951 to 14 Nov 1952. His last command was the USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) from 1 Aug 1957 to 18 July 1958. While executive officer of the U.S.S. S-39 (SS-144) in action against the enemy during three War Patrols he was awarded the Silver Star. As Diving Officer on board the U.S.S. Puffer (SS-268), during the FIRST War Patrol of that Submarine in enemy-controlled waters from 7 September to 17 October 1943 he was awarded the Bronze Star. When his ship was endangered by temporary loss of depth control caused by damage from enemy anti-submarine measures, Lieutenant Commander Bernard skillfully effected restoration of control and maintained it for a period of thirty-one hours until the vessel was brought to the surface and into port. His outstanding efficiency and unwavering devotion to duty throughout the operations on both submarines were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
USS Stickleback (SS- 415)
USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16
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