Samuel David Dealey
(September 13, 1906 – August 24, 1944) was a United States Navy submarine
commanding officer during World War II
. He was among the most decorated naval officers of the war, receiving six awards for valor
including the Medal of Honor
for his actions aboard the during her fifth war patrol.
Early Life and Career
Samuel David Dealey was born on 13 September 1906 in Dallas, Texas. He was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy from that same state and graduated in June 1930. Dealey was commissioned an Ensign and reported for sea duty on board , where he was promoted in June 1933 to Lieutenant Junior Grade. In March 1934, he briefly transferred to , then reported that summer for submarine training at the Submarine School, New London, Connecticut. After graduating, he served on board the submarines and . Remaining on sea duty, he reported on board then .
In May 1937, he was assigned as Aide to the Executive Officer at Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida. While at the Naval Air Station, he was promoted in June 1938 to Lieutenant. In the Summer of 1939, he was assigned as the Executive Officer on board , transferring to be the Executive Officer on board . In April 1941, he reported to Experimental Division One for duty as the Prospective Commanding Officer of to support at-sea experiments off New London. He commanded for two years, serving onbpard upon during the United States' entry into World War... Read More