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John Anderson Moore
Born (1910-01-12)January 12, 1910
Died February 26, 1944(1944-02-26) (aged 34)
Place of birth Brownwood, Texas
Place of death 25° 47'N x 128° 45'E, S. of Okinawa Island
Place of burial Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service ?-1944
Rank Commander
Commands held USS Grayback
Battles/wars East China Sea
Awards 3 times Navy Cross, Purple Heart

John Anderson Moore (January 12, 1910 – February 26, 1944) was a submarine commander in the United States Navy. He served during World War II, earning the Navy Cross with two gold stars in lieu of a second and third Navy Cross[1] and a Purple Heart before being killed in action. The U.S. Navy frigate USS John A. Moore (FFG-19) is named in his honor.[2]

Moore had boxed and played soccer at the United States Naval Academy. He served on R and S class submarines, before assuming command of the submarine USS Grayback (SS-208) on its last three patrols during 1943–1944. Under the overall command of innovator Charles "Swede" Momsen, Grayback, USS Cero (SS-225) and USS Plunger (SS-179) launched the U.S. Navy's first attack against enemy shipping using "wolfpack" tactics.[3] Moore was credited with multiple events of "extraordinary heroism" in repeated forays against Japanese vessels in the East China Sea before being killed in action during the last of the Grayback's patrols.[1][4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 John Anderson Moore at Military Times Hall of Valor (accessed 2012-02-03).
  2. "FFG 19: USS John A. Moore". 
  3. Clay Blair, Silent Victory: The U.S. Submarine War Against Japan (Naval Institute Press, reprint ed. 2001), ISBN 978-1-55750-217-9, pp.541-542. Excerpt available at Google Books.
  4. "Sub Overdue, Feared Lost", Associated Press in Milwaukee Sentinel, June 21, 1944.

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