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John Anderson Moore (January 12, 1910 – February 26, 1944) was a United States Navy submarine commander who was killed in action during World War II. He had been awarded three Navy Crosses[1] and a Purple Heart Medal before his death. The U.S. Navy frigate USS John A. Moore (FFG-19) is named in his honor.[2]

John Anderson Moore
Born(1910-01-12)January 12, 1910
Brownwood, Texas
DiedFebruary 26, 1944(1944-02-26) (aged 34)
25° 47'N x 128° 45'E, S. of Okinawa Island  
Place of burial
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1932-1944
Commands heldUSS Grayback
Battles/warsEast China Sea
AwardsNavy Cross (3)
Purple Heart Medal

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 during the last of the Grayback's patrols.[1][4]


  1. ^ a b 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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