This 1958 film is about one of the famed acts of individual heroism during World War II
when Commander Howard Gilmore, fatally wounded, for the last time from
the USS Growler (SS-215) battle-scarred bridge, commanded, "Take Er
Down," bringing about the birth of one of Navy's great traditions.
sacrificing himself to save his ship, Commander Howard Gilmore was
posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, "the first man of the submarine
force to be so decorated". He also received two Navy Crosses, second only
to the Medal of Honor.
Video courtesy of U.S. Navy / Department of Defense