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CDR Richard H. O’Kane, Medal of Honor Recipient

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CDR Richard H. O’Kane

Richard Hetherington O’Kane was born in Dover, NH, on February 2, 1911, the son of Dr. and Mrs. Walter O’Kane. After attending Phillips Academy and the University of New Hampshire, O’Kane entered the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating in 1934. Following his graduation, O’Kane served aboard the USS Chester and USS Pruit, before reporting to sub school at Sub base NLON.

Upon completion of his training in 1938, he served aboard the USS Argonaut until reporting for duty in fitting out USS Wahoo at Mare Island, California. He served as Executive Officer of Wahoo from her commissioning in May 1942, after which he saw her through five war patrols, until July 1943 when he was detached, (just before she was announced overdue and presumed lost in November 1943.) O’Kane was awarded the Silver Star Medal with 2 gold stars, a Letter of Commendation with accompanying medal, and Presidential Unit Citation ribbon for his outstanding service on Wahoo.
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LCDR Howard W. Gilmore – Medal of Honor Recipient September

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Howard Walter Gilmore was born in Selma, Alabama on September 29, 1902. Upon graduating from the US Naval academy in June 1926, Gilmore served aboard the battleship Mississippi and the destroyer Perry (DD-340). After qualifying for submarines, he served aboard the USS S-48 (SS 159) and the SHARK (SS-174).

Gilmore was appointed Captain in 1941, while his ship, the Growler (SS-215), was still under construction at Electric Boat in Groton, CT. Growler launched on 2 November 1941, (five weeks prior to Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor) and breezed through her sea trials. Gilmore quickly received their orders – Growler was headed to Pearl Harbor.
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Eugene Bennett Fluckey was born in Washington, D.C. on October 5, 1913 to Isaac Newton and Louella Snowden Fluckey. A bright child, 10 year old Eugene heard a speech by President Calvin Coolidge, in which he told the Nation:

“Press on. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not: Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not: The world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
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Medal of Honor Recipient CDR Samuel Dealey – May 2014

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Samuel Dealey was born on September 13, 1906, in Dallas Texas, to a prominent Texas family. Indeed, his uncle was the founder and publisher of the Dallas Morning News. After graduation, as expected, young Samuel was appointed to the United States Naval Academy. However, after posting poor grades, Dealey “bilged out” of the Academy. (According to tradition, midshipmen never walk out the “bilger’s gate” – a pedestrian gate in the Naval Academy’s outer stone wall. However, those who flunked out of the Academy exited through the bilge gate, leading to the term “bilge out.”) Amazingly, Dealey won reinstatement, eventually graduating from the Academy in 1930.
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Medal of Honor Recipient CAPT Cromwell – April 2014

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CAPT John Philip Cromwell, CO USS SCULPIN

Captain John Philip Cromwell was born on September 11, 1901, in Henry, Illinois. He was appointed to the United States Naval Academy in 1920. Upon graduating in 1924, Cromwell served two years with the surface fleet, aboard the battleship USS Maryland (BB-46). In 1926 he attended Submarine School and was assigned to the USS-S-24 (SS-129). Cromwell subsequently served on a number of shore commands, including as Staff Commander SUBPAC, and SUBDIV 203 & 44. He was also assigned commands on a number of submarines including the USS S-20 (SS-125).
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Medal of Honor Recipient TM2 Breault – March 2014

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TM2 Henry Breault, USN – (Torpedoman Second Class)

Henry Breault was born in Putnam, CT on October 14, 1900. At the age of sixteen, Henry enlisted in the British Royal Navy, and after serving for four years, joined the United States Navy. It is while serving in the U.S. Navy that young Henry would go above and beyond the call of duty earning him the distinctive Medal of Honor.
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